Interview With Yael Meyer
If you’re looking for happy, uplifting, joy-filled tunes to carry you through all the madness in the world, look no further: Yael Meyer delivers just that.
Derived from the Santiago, Chile, Meyer has been playing music since the age of 6. She left her home country to continue pursuing her passion for music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. Since the release of her debut album in 2004, Meyer has since debuted 2 more albums, with a 4 on the way.
We were able to sit down with Meyer and talk about her past, music, and where she is now.
So I’ve seen you attended Berklee, did that have any impact influencing your music?
Yael: Yes, it’s impossible that it wouldn’t. There is a difference between having 5 colors to paint with and having 50 colors to paint with. Before I went to Berklee, my musical pallet was smaller and after, I had a lot more tools and languages to create different sounds. I got to communicate with other musicians and professors and have them help push me into the musician I am now.
Did you enjoy it?
Yael: I did, I loved going there. I don’t know if going to art school is the best way to become an artist but, in my case, it gave me more tools.
You’re making new music, and it’s a lot different from your old work?
Yael: It’s not a lot different, it still sounds like me. It’s still my song, it’s still my voice. It’s different. I’m older. The music is more mature, its a natural evolution. I don’t want to do the same thing again. I’m experimenting with different sounds, and different sound quality I want for this record that’s more cinematic and more epic. It’s a little bit darker than I’ve done before but it’s still me.
You can’t do that same thing forever.
Yael: Nobody is the same person forever. If they are, there’s a problem! (laughs) Life involves change and growth involves change. You can’t grow without change and you can’t change without growing. So, I think as an artist, you create with the experiences you have. If you’re truly an artist and really expressing something, you’ll change as you grow.
I’ve notice most of your music is in English, do you not enjoy singing in Spanish?
Yael: I do like it. Spanish for me is not an easy language to write in. I also spent almost all of my adult life speaking english. You begin to develop a new sense of vocabulary as you grow with the language and it had just became easier to incorporate english in my songs.
And any songs we’ll hear on the new record that’ll be in Spanish?
Yael: Most the songs are in English but I do have one in Spanish.
Where do you think you’d be if you weren’t doing music?
Yael: I’d be very frustrated probably! (laughs) I do have a lot of other interests. I have an interest in graphic design, I design all of my own stuff. I also have an interest in the environment, I would be active with that but music is a huge part of my life!
Would you continue doing music forever?
Yael: I don’t know, is anything forever? It’s part of who I am. It’s not only who I am, but a big part. I’m also a Mom. I have two kids and I love spending time with them. I also enjoy traveling and learning as much as I can. At different times in my life, I’m going to go in and out of things that are inspiring me and eventually, I’m going to go back to music. I’m very sensitive and I’m always picking up stuff around me. Music will always be my outlet. I push my emotions towards that, and it’ll always,I hope, be a part of my life.
With just our small interaction, it was easy to match her bubbly, dream-pop tunes to her sincere, loving personality.
Stay connected with Meyer and look out for key new music debuting later this year!