Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar really do be searching for hip-hop and rap talent far and wide.
The latest edition of underground rap’s favourite Q&A series focusses on 18-year-old US producer, yanna monteiro. Having delved into her experimental beats on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, we wanted to know more, fascinated by these lo-fi cuts and soundscapes that keep popping up with abstract names and weird JPEGs for accompanying artwork.
So that’s just what we did, through the power of curiosity and the internet, here’s an interview with yanna…
Hi Yanna, firstly, can you introduce yourself for those who may not know you?
Hello, I’m yanna monteiro, I am an artist specialising in music and visual art.
Who/What inspired you initially to start producing?
When I was around 11 or 12, I heard this one Kaytranada song, I don’t remember which song it was, but I remember messing with it heavily. I started to look more into Kaytra and his craft and soon though to myself “what if I start producing”?
Who are some of your favourite producers/artists around you at the moment?
Some of my favorites around me at the moment would have to be DORIS, GHXST!, Carlos Gomes, and CRUZIN.
You’re from Connecticut, what’s it like making music there?
It’s pretty dead, I actually don’t have any friends out here who I make music with, a lot of the friends I have collaborated with reside in the tri-state area.
What hard/software do you use as a producer?
I’ve always used the same Ableton and a Korg nanoKEY2 since the start. The nano key is pretty small so it’s easy to carry it around anywhere I go. I strongly feel I won’t change the equipment I use.
We ain’t the feds or nothing, but where are you finding your samples, are you a YouTube digger or vinyl hunter?
I’ve always got them from YouTube though I hope to soon start physically crate digging. It’s always been an interest of mine.
We’re into these abstract visuals you seem to provide with every piece of audio you drop. How do you pick what artwork/visuals to use for a project?
Thank you, and yeah visual arts have always been a huge interest of mine. Some of my cover art are pictures I took myself while others are pictures I found online. I pretty much choose cover art by deciding which colours or objects resonate the best with what the song reminds me of.
You already work with some rappers, but what would your dream collab be?
I would love to work with LA Timpa.
Give us an abstract musical influence who we probably haven’t heard of… (tell us a little something about them too if possible)
I’m sure many people haven’t heard of Klein, she’s an experimental artist from London creating music and visuals. Her work is crazy good and has inspired me tremendously.
What have you got coming up, any projects?!
I have a couple of tapes dropping this year along with visuals dropping this month.
Anything else you’d like to add, shout outs, thank yous, a quote from your favourite book, anything goes!
Analyse. Often the truth is hidden in plain sight.
What are three items you always leave a BODEGA with?
Pork rinds, and kombucha or coconut water.