Josh Young Talks Leaving Flosstradamus, YehMe2, Steal This Tour and more.

Since announcing his departure from Flosstradamus back in December 2016, YehMe2 (Josh Young) has been busy making some insane trap music.  Creating a wide range of edits, originals and remixes, Young has moved beyond the stigma of being a hype-man and pushed to create art without any limitations.

Concentrating on his solo project YehMe2, Young has released over 60 tracks, two mix-tapes within the past year and shows no signs of stopping as he prepares to begin his debut US/Canada tour “Steal This Tour.”  We had the chance to catch up with Young to discuss his departure from Flosstradamus, his solo project YehMe2, future collabs and more.

Enjoy the full interview below and grab your tickets for “Steal This Tour” here.

As part of Flosstradamus, you and Curt Cameruci established HDYNATION, amassed a legion of die hard fans and played a critical role in defining and shaping today’s trap scene.   How hard was it for you to walk away from a brand you worked on for over a decade?  

It was extremely difficult. After putting so much time and energy into the project it was a tough choice to make, but I felt it was time to let go.

What factors played a role in your decision to leave and explore your options as an independent artist? 

There are some factors I’m willing to discuss publicly and some that I’m not. Mainly in addition to wanting to spend more time with my family, I wanted to take creative control of my career, music and artistic vision.

Like I Love You (YehMe2 Edit)

As an independent artist, your new project YehMe2 seems to be all about your self expression.  Do you find it freeing to be able to make your own decisions from start to finish?  What are some of the challenges that you’ve faced so far?  

Being able to get a clear and concise artistic vision across is very satisfying. I’ve had so much fun being able to experiment and create art without limitation. My biggest challenge at this point is outgrowing the “hypeman” stigma. In the last year I’ve dropped 2 mixtapes, 60+ tracks and remixes and yet I still get people saying “all you do is yell on the mic.” But as frustrating as that is, it’s a slight annoyance in the big scheme of things. Overall I’m just stoked on the shit I’m making.

What does your production process as a solo artist look like in comparison to your previous process with Curt as Flosstradmus?  Do you miss sharing the creative responsibility? 

When it came to music we didn’t collaborate music. Songs we usually produced by one of us. Curt usually produced the originals, and I usually handled remixes and collabs. I don’t miss sharing creative responsibility, no.

YehMe2- lost boy rmxxx

Last year you gave yourself a challenge to create a beat a day for a month and shared your results on Instagram.  When it comes to focusing on your YehMe2 project and developing your sound as a solo artist, what has inspired your musical direction?   

The sound of this project is all about taking my musical influences from the past and flipping them on their head with my sound. I love putting big drums over songs from the past and turning an oldie into a futuristic trunk shaker. There’s some nostalgia in it, but also a sense of hearing something you’ve never heard before.

You also brought the challenge back this year leading up your second mixtape “Steal This Mixtape 2,” a 29 track bootleg project.   What were some of your favorite tracks to flip and which tracks presented the most challenge? 

My favorites are definitely Mexico, U Don’t Own Me, and Como La Flor. Mollyworld was the most challenging. I had started that track 3 years ago and hit a dead end with it, but I always loved the idea and so I said fuck it and reopened the session and just sunk myself into it. It took the longest to find a decent drop for it, but in the end I was stoked on it.

YehMe2 Bootlegs- u dont own me

In the future what can we expect from YehMe2, are there any potential collabs or upcoming releases that you can discuss? 

I’m heading out on my debut US/Canada tour “Steal This Tour” this week! The stage production is crazy… It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. I love high concept stage productions and in the day in age of DJs in front of LED walls, it’s cool to do something different. I have collabs with Troyboi, Seno, Drunken Masters, and Whipped Cream coming soon!

What can new fans and die hard HDYNATION fans expect from your new tour?  What genres and tracks will you be incorporating into your sets? 

If you listen to the mixtapes you’ll get an idea of what the set will be like. I’m going all over the musical map with my set, but guarantee everything will bang.

Looking to the future, what do you want to be known for and where do you see yourself in the next few years? 

I want to be known as a good dad/husband and creative dude from Chicago who was able to balance a successful career in music and the immense responsibilities of being a father and partner.

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