We got to speak to Yugen Blakrok ahead of Park Acoustic’s incredible final chapter of 2016.
Tell us more about you. How have you landed up being on Park Acoustics’ final line-up for 2016? In other words, what has your musical journey been like up until this point?
I released my first album through Iapetus Records in 2013, played gigs and festivals all over SA and was the first female artist nominated for Lyricist of the Year at the SA Hip-Hop Awards in 2014. We’ve been steadily building a solid following all over the world. This year we did a three-month tour of Europe and are now back in studio recording a follow-up album to Return of the Astro-Goth.
Why do you make music?
Music to me is a means of expression, like language. My chosen dialect is hip-hop. I identify with the culture, its elements and philosophies. It’s one of the things I enjoy most in life.
How do you think the Pretoria crowd is going to react to your music at Park Acoustics?
I have a strong feeling that they’re gonna’ dig the vibe. Pretoria’s alternative scene is crazy, we’re looking forward to connecting with our peoples out there and holding thumbs for great weather.
What does your ultimate musical success look like?
It looks like me, right now. Being able to cross seas and continents to connect with like-minded people from all walks of life through music is the dream I’m living. Sharing stages with and earning the respect of artists I admire is also a beautiful thing. I want to keep getting better at what I do, every milestone that shows me that this is what I’m doing, is a moment of success.
We always think about things like, “How can we use street style photography to change the world?” or things like, “How can we use festival coverage to change the world?” so we’re going to a pose a similar question to you because we believe that there’s always something you can do to improve peoples’ lives in the areas that you are passionate about. I ask you, “How can we use music to change the world?”
Our world changes all the time because of music. From the highly popular mainstream acts to the most obscure, alternative artists, music has the power to shape the collective mind. I believe that the more honest artists are in portraying themselves in their art, the more naturally like-minded people will gravitate towards them. Music is a language all residents of this planet can understand, no matter the demographics. Let’s be more aware of the spaces and worlds we create.