A minute with Jasper Sloan Yip

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Try to sum up Jasper Sloan Yip's style in a word and you'll find it isn't easy. With enchanting melodies, sweeping stings and sounds reminiscent of Wilco, it's hard to put down Yip's albums. The 2018 Breakout West Award nominee brings an intimate set of songs to the table that can grab almost any listener. 

What type of music do you play? What are some of your influences? 
At full strength we are a rock quartet with a string trio which gives us a good dynamic range. Sometimes we play folk music, sometimes we play rock and roll. It all depends on the room and who's at the gig. I'm influenced by a lot of different music, but to name a few: Wilco, Sufjan, Beirut, Bright Eyes, Andrew Bird, Phillip Glass, David Bazan.

What’s most unique about you as an artist/as a band?
I don't know if we are all that unique. But, I suppose we are the only band that I can think of that has a regular string trio.

How do you best prepare for a show? 
I try to have a really laid back day, I drink a lot of water, and I try to arrive early.

What is the songwriting process like for you as a band/artist? 
Honestly, it's a mystery. I don't know where anything comes from or how. Generally speaking though, I try to force myself to make noise and usually something comes out of it. When you do that enough times to eventually get songs.

If you could share the stage with any band/artist who would it be?

What’s currently on your playlist?
Big Thief, Hiss Golden Messenger, Daniel Romano, Angelo De Augustine

Catch Jasper Sloan Yip alongside his band co-headlining our PSR Presents Showcase Saturday, July 28th, as the Rickshaw Theatre!