Independent pop artist Yueku opens up about his first solo release

Indie pop singer-songwriter Yueku is approaching the release of his debut EP, “Somewhere Else”. Scheduled for release on July 30, 2021, it marks the debut solo project for Detroit-based pop singer and writer Christian Koo, formerly of The True Blue.

As the group broke up in 2020, Chris was seen exploring his musical repertoire. His music is said to be inspired by the fateful affairs of ’90s romantic comedies, the serious confessionals of Frank Ocean, and the no-nonsense charm of a stand-up set by Mike Birbiglia.

Indie Pop Singer-songwriter Yueku

In pursuit of his music, Yueku also broadened his mind through his collaborative efforts. The EP is co-written with Michigander member Jake LeMond, and co-produced and mixed by Nick Matzkows. Prior to the launch, he also released the title songs’Mindreader‘and’ Somewhere Else ‘, these singles are the perfect teasers of what will follow at the end of July.

Ahead of the launch of his debut EP, we talk to Yueku to find out what he has in store for fans.

What can you tell us about your upcoming first EP?

It’s a collection of songs I’ve written over the past year with my good friend Jake LeMond. Personally, it serves as a time capsule and was a much needed outlet for a tough year. It was fun to sit down with a friend and write songs that we loved. The songs seem to be an accurate representation of who I am and where I am in life right now. Hope people connect to it anyway.

What motivated you to embark on this new solo project?

I had, along with many of us, a lot of time to think about it last year and wanted to see what working alone would be like. I am the one who explores it.

Yueku Mindreader
Yueku’s single “Mindreader” is out now
How was the musical journey for you during the release of your previous singles?

The response has been incredible and honestly it overwhelmed me. Glad to see that someone was able to connect with my music in some way. It all happened so fast with regards to the release of the singles and the entry and exit of the studio. So, I guess I kept thinking about it a lot. I’m just happy to be completely swept up in music.

How would you describe your sound?

Warm, dreamy pop with lots of varied textures and a quick boost.

How was the experience of working with Jake LeMond and Nick Matzkows?

Working with these two is surreal. They are both extremely talented and are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. Jake’s ear for melody and his ability to give songs a narrative is something that changed my whole approach to songwriting and really stands out in this EP. Working with Nick is so awesome because he makes the songs really complete and can always take an idea that I described out of my head and make it tangible. Nick taught me everything I know about producing, and I continue to learn from him every time we get together.

What do you hope for this first EP and what are your plans for the future of your music?

Hope this EP is there for when someone needs it, or if they share an experience with a friend or partner and choose that as their soundtrack for said time. I hope he can do for others what my favorite songs do for me.

I can’t wait to write more songs with more friends, come back to concerts and release more songs. I want to spend as much time as possible making music for the rest of the year. For the rest of my life, really.

(Images: Yueku)

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