We caught up with Yaya after what has been a top summer in Berlin for the Italian. As well as talking about the first Tobacco Dock NYD event, where he played a blinding set in room two, we also spoke about the forthcoming Pan-Pot show and the fact that he’s a ladies magnet!
Hey Yaya, thanks for taking the time to speaking to LWE. You have a good summer? What went down?
After 11 seasons in Ibiza, I changed my programs and went to Berlin for this summer season. It was really good for me to do something different. I brought my studio to tINI’s home to make some music. I made 5 new tracks with my friend Lorenzo Chiabotti and 4 by myself. Normally I make 0 tracks in Ibiza! My season here is less frenetic than Ibiza, I listened to a lot of music different from my style, there are really cool records stores and I was so inspired to search for new music. It was a really positive summer!
Can you tell us a little bit about your musical background and how you got into DJing?
I started to play percussion with my father when I was 14 years old -he is a really good musician, he played for a long time in a band called M’bamina in the 1970’s so I’ve been into music since I was young- and when I was 17 I bought my first pair of turntables.
When you’re not behind the decks what do you spend most of your time doing?
I spent most of the time in my studio making music but I’m also a good clubber so when I’m free I really like to go to listen other dj’s and party with my friends. I was 12 years old when I went to a club for the first time.
How did you end up meeting the Pan-Pot guys?
I met them in Berlin not long time ago, they are cool guys and I’m sure we will have a really good party in London !
What’s been your most memorable experience whilst DJing?
I was playing in a club and one girl came to me and give me her slip… I was looking at the girl a bit shocked and she says: read what I wrote with my red lipstick on my slip for you … “COME TO PLAY HERE”!
If you could describe you’re DJing style in 3 words what would it be?
Eclectic, versatile, energetic.
Top 5 tracks of the summer
1 – Oliver Kapp _Lincentious (Fabrice Lig year 94 rework)_Stockholm LTD
2- Sir Joe_Man On The Corner_Land Of Dance
4- African Dreams_All In The Same Family_Work Records
5- Zenker Brothers_Kentay_Ilian Tape