Catch up with Yonaka ahead of Live at Leeds Festival

Yonaka grabbed our attention recently with their fresh alt-rock sound full of attitude and soaring hooks. The quartet are a fully fledged pop outfit with speaker-blowing noise.

2016 has already seen the highly anticipated release of Yonaka’s debut single ‘Ignorance’ and this success is set to continue. The band play Live At Leeds Festival this Saturday 29th April 2017.

Where did the name Yonaka come from?

It means the dead of night in Japanese, I wanted something that represented midnight and my friend is half Japanese and said that midnight was YONAKA and it immediately stuck.

What’s it like to be “girl-fronted band” in today’s music industry?

It’s great! We are ready to kick some ass, so make sure you catch us!

What did you learn while supporting Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes on tour?

We learnt that every night you get stronger and your performance gets more intense and that half an hour slot is everything to you.

What can fans expect from your set at Live At Leeds?

New tunes! New moves!

Any other acts on the line up we should be looking out for?

Tom Grennan, Vant, Fickle Friends, Let’s Eat Grandma.

Do you have a dream festival you’d absolutely love to play at?

We are pretty fucking excited to be playing Reading Festival, and we would love to play some festivals outside of the U.K, Coachella! And Glastonbury.

We’ve had Ignorance on repeat. What does that song mean to you lyrically?

It’s about feeling lonely and ignored, and feeling like you don’t fit in. But by the end of the song you realise you are stronger and more awake to knowing that you are just in the wrong place.

You’ve been at RAK Studios recently. How has your creative process changed over the years?

Yeah, that was pretty amazing! A lot of the time we still keep the same structure when writing a song, starting with vocals and guitar then bringing the song to life with everything in the live room. We have become a lot more confident in our sound, and working with producers is great because they will tell you make a new chorus on the spot and you hadn’t even thought about it, so instantly your mind starts running with ideas and then bang you have this new piece of music in the song you love.

Have you decided on the next single yet?

Yes, although we wanna put like 5 out at once as we want them out asap ahah. The next single is ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ out 12th May.

When it comes to carving out a long career in music, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

To believe in yourself and have no plan B. Also David Bowie’s talk about not playing it safe, and when you’re just outside your comfort zone you are in the right place.