Y-Key Operators – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
YKO: Anyone you talk to will tell you we are a hardworking band. At the same time when we are on stage, we like to have fun and entertain
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself?
YKO: The band has been around a while in various forms. As this lineup we have only been together for 3 years. Since we started writing we feel the music has gone up to another level and things have started fall into place as a band.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
YKO: We have a wide range of influences you will hear little nods to it in our music. You will hear a bit of the Manchester sound, 80’s, a little disco even a bit of punk. We all have diverse and varied tastes in music which is why you get such a variety of styles in our songs.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
YKO: To get our music out to as many people as possible. We want to be able to bring a bit of positivity and light while times are dark. We like using our music to bring people together and have fun.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
YKO: We write as a collective we all have the freedom to express ourselves when it comes to writing. It’s not a case of someone coming in saying I have written this song this is what we are doing. We all put our own stamp on each track.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
YKO: We are on the usual social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter and more recently Instagram (@ykeyoperators). We rely heavily on these as you have a direct line to a lot of people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
YKO: It’s great that we can reach such a wide audience with music streaming but it also has a downside. It’s a bit of a broken system for the artist as the money doesn’t trickle down enough to those providing the content. We feel as a band the rewards for our material from these companies are very unfair. Without the bands, these platforms wouldn’t be able to exist but that’s an argument for another day.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
YKO: Happy Birthday imagine the royalties
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
YKO: Bands turning up to gigs and just disappearing not supporting each other. Also some promoters taking advantage of bands. We have done gigs where you don’t even know who has organized the event and they can’t even be bothered to show their face.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
YKO: Writing an album, getting it recorded and out there for the world to hear.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
YKO: Album No2. We are thinking about innovative ways to get music out there with the scene being the way it is right now. We hope anything we can come up with will benefit everyone.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
YKO: We have all of our releases available on a variety of music platforms to buy and stream such as Spotify, iTunes, google play and amazon music. You can usually buy physical copies at our gigs but we also sell them through our website ykeyoperators.com
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