Texan-native multi-instrumentalist and producer Joe Corrales Jr releases music under the Yppah alias which has seen him amass a legion of loyal fans with his signature blend of electronic, psychedelic and rock influences. His work has also been used in high profile TV syncs such as CSI and House as well as video games such as Alone In The Dark.
He’s forged a career marked by ethereality and dynamism. Brought up on equal parts My Bloody Valentine and hip-hop, he’s utilised a number of instruments and techniques in cementing his place in the uplifting (yet firmly grounded) world his music inhabits. Yppah embraces hardware in a big way, experimenting with gear constantly while writing to find the best suited combination for his workflow. Always intriguing and intricate, his style fuses shimmering dream pop guitar lines a-la The XX or Interpol with the dub-roll rhythms of classic 90s groups like Massive Attack and Portishead.
For the next move in a career that’s spanned over ten years of acclaimed releases, the Ninja Tune and Counter Records alumni returns with a stunning track featuring vocals by Ali Coyle lifted from his forthcoming album on Future Archive Recordings. His new album Sunset In The Deep End is his first on the ever expanding and impressive roster of Future Archive Recordings. The records sees him indulge his penchant for marrying alternative, shoegaze and indie guitar textures to crisp hip-hop beats.
With his new single Autumn Phase, Yppah offers the trademark ingredients of what’s made his music resonate so powerfully with a global audience. Built up from a sentimental acoustic guitar line, Coyle’s voice is soulful and emotive as it drifts above Yppah’s delicate programming and instrumentation. Organic acoustic sounds swirl softly around an intricately fluid and subtly driving beat while layers of vocals awash in a stretching reverb wrap up the dreamy soundscape.
We caught up with Yppah to find out more about his new music, upcoming tour and what he’s got lined up for the future. Check out his new track and read our interview below.
How did you first get into producing music?
It was a pretty natural progression. I grew up playing guitar then got into DJing and Turntablism with some friends in high school. We would record our sketches for our performances on cool edit pro. I used to loooove cool edit! That led to adding live instrumentation on top of the stuff I was already recording until I realised I could just make my own album. By that time music software had improved significantly and was using acid pro and reason as my primary daws for the first Yppah album.
Your new track features Ali Coyle, how does writing for a collaboration differ for you?
It’s different with everyone. In 2012 I collaborated on quite a few songs with vocalist/producer/violinist Anomie Belle for my album Eighty One. That was just us emailing tracks back and forth until we had something we liked. It was similar with Shaunna Heckman who is featured on the first track ‘Dreams Like You’ on the new album. I met Ali through a mutual friend a few years ago. We had always talked about collaborating, and I already knew she had a killer voice from her own music. I showed her a couple of tracks I had in mind for her and she came over and knocked them both out in like 5 hours from writing to recording. It was so easy with her. She’s great.
What message are you trying to deliver with your upcoming music?
I don’t know if I ever approach songwriting with a message meant for anyone. I just like to make songs that make me feel good or nostalgic or longing and sort of hope it translates.
What’s the biggest challenge in keeping your sound fresh?
I don’t think I have a choice as far as that. I’m always learning new techniques as far as production or with playing instruments, so each album tends to end up a little different because of that. The biggest challenge is staying inspired really. I had such a hard time finishing tracks for a few years which is why it’s taken me so long to complete this album. After a lot of changes I finally feel like I’m back on track with a ton of new material and a couple of new non Yppah projects I’m working on.
Were there any particular influences for this new material?
Definitely! I’m completely obsessed with a band at the moment called Drab Majesty. I really love the way Deb Demure writes for guitar, so I kind of tried to throw a little bit of that into the mix.
What’s the perfect setting for listeners to enjoy your sound?
Haha, I have no idea how to answer that. Any setting hopefully 🙂
What artist have you been listening to most recently?
Well I mentioned Drab Majesty earlier, but I’ve kind of gone off the rails finding new music lately. Aside from them I’ve been listening to A Place To Bury Strangers a LOT.
What’s been your favourite live show so far?
I was at Levitation Festival in Austin in November and the showcase with A Place to Bury Strangers and The KVB melted my brain.
You’ve got a huge US tour coming up, what venue or city are you most excited about playing?
There are a few for different reasons. Portland because I get to see my friends. LA and San Diego because it’s home. Houston because it’s also home, and New Orleans because New Orleans 🙂
Favourite meal on the road?
I usually try to not eat like complete garbage. It’s very hard in the south because everything is delicious (shrimp and grits forever). Most of the time I try to find pho. That’s definitely my go to. I can eat that anytime anywhere and its usually pretty good.
What’s the main thing you want people to get out of listening to your music?
Probably the same things I do. I guess I kind of hope it makes people feel something. A mood enhancer I guess.
If your music was a location, what place would it be?
The beach. Always the beach.
Is there any advice you could give a new artist wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Ahhh… That’s hard. I feel like circumstances and timing had a lot to do with the position I am in currently. I’m really lucky to get to do what I do, and having run into a handful of people over the years that believed in me. This is gonna sound cliché, but staying true to the material I was making 100% helped me I think. At times you want to follow trends but in the long run I feel glad to have stuck with what I was doing.
Finally, what do you have lined up for the near future?
Well currently I have an almost 2 month US tour ahead with Little People and Frameworks. Really excited for this trip. I’m stoked to have my drummer Trent Moorman with me for the full run. Aside from that I have a post punk/shoegaze project I’m finishing with a good friend of mine, and have started working on what will be the next Yppah album. Things are looking pretty cool going forward I think.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me!