Into the future with YACHT's Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt—Hopes&Fears
May 11, Earlier this week, the band, made up of Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans – who are also a couple – put out a message on Facebook claiming. Oct 20, YACHT's Claire L. Evans (right) and Jona Bechtolt. It's why they moved to Los Angeles, a city they believe has an expiration date. It's that. May 10, statement on Facebook saying that a sex tape made by the band's two members (Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt) had been leaked online.
I told you I was a dweeby teen! To be fair, I was an only child and had no one to clue me into what was cool.
Having an older brother definitely helped. I would say something nice here, but he might read this and then it would go to his head. Like, a way older one that would come home from college and give me a boogie and intimidate boyfriends.
Also, whoa the David Lynch! This whole David Lynch record is so weird and good. This was my first concert ever. What do you do to prepare for a year-long tour? One can do a great deal of preparation for such a thing, but one is never truly prepared. I get very uptight in the preceding weeks about things like finding the best dopp kit and buying all new underwear.
Inquiring minds want to know! It makes all the difference. Where are you heading first? After that, Europe, then the Southern US. So pretty much anyone reading this interview anywhere could go see YACHT on tour in the next few months. Pretty much anyone could! If they were so inclined! When you tour how do you keep your sanity? Aside from full-sized toiletries, natch. And it just makes every minute potentially fraught with danger, so very relaxing.
Also, taking the time to eat well, occasionally going to the movies, and tour yoga. Is that yoga in the van while you drive? Like the stretches they try to convince you to do on airplanes? Slamming a downward dog in a rest stop parking lot does wonders for the constitution as well.YACHT "I Walked Alone" - DFA RECORDS
As in what bands would you like to play with? Do they have to still exist? Just the weirdest show ever.
Those tickets would sell out so fast. Can we talk about your book? I would be very impressed with your showmanship? Always messing with our Google results. No, I worked on a book last year about art and science interdisciplinarity, but that was a totally offshoot project.
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Have you heard this album? When you mentioned Suicide it reminded me of it. You could only hear the single when Uber had activated surge pricing—a practice that raises prices when demand for the service is at its most critical—in the Los Angeles area.
Uber scales its surge pricing, so if the service increased its prices twofold, a remix of the song would unlock. The app itself was only active for roughly 48 hours. YACHT The project is reminiscent of the local scuffle between Uber and the City of Portland, when the transportation company opened shop without the city's blessing.
We live in a time when an album is at its most precious prior to release. It's a problem that has been encroaching on the whole of art for years. While this obsolescence culture is deeply problematic to the duo, it's a precipice that also appeals to them.
It's why they moved to Los Angeles, a city they believe has an expiration date. It's that constant reminder of mortality—the beauty in decay—that catalyzes them. Though modern technology is on the chopping block in I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, the album is not meant to be a wholesale dismissal of technology.
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Evans, who co-edits the online science fiction magazine, Terraform, is quick to remind that technology as a concept is inseparable from humanity. The band has its hands in so many different things. So where most of the money come from? Selling albums and performing live shows? Is the band interested in going to those lengths to get its message across? What is the research process like for the band? I think our general strategy for research is, as soon as we decide we want to make a project based on a certain idea, we open up our minds to that idea.
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We become aware of it. For the triangle thing, for example, once we decided to start using triangle iconography, we saw triangles everywhere. Once you start thinking about that kind of thing, you just see references to it everywhere in culture.
By the time a few months have passed, you have amassed an entire library of ideas as well as films and pictures. Yeah once we put our minds to an idea, the perception is totally shaped to that idea and we start picking up on all types of things from every angle.