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article imageInterview: Yonee discusses 'Bombs of My Love' single, music video Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 12, 2016 in Entertainment
Singer-songwriter Yonee chatted with Digital Journal about his single "Bombs of My Love" and its music video, as well as his future plans and musical inspirations.
On his single "Bombs of My Love," he said, "I started out writing a song that I felt would really reflect me as a person and artist: uplifting, energetic, and positive. Then as I was writing it, all these terrible tragedies were unfolding around the world so I felt I could use the song to inspire people with a super uplifting and hopefully message of love unity and coalescence of culture."
Most impressive about the song is that it went viral on Spotify. "That was unreal. It's amazing to see people around the world respond to and appreciate your music. Your'e pretty vulnerable with the first single so I couldn't be happier with the response. I was living on cloud nine" he said.
Yonee is drawn to dance-pop music due to its energy. "For me, it's the energy, the positivity, and the melodies. Also, the fact that it is so accessible for everyone. You can be from one part of the country or anywhere in the world and still vibe to and jam out no matter what."
On his future plans, Yonee said, "We have partnered with an amazing Charity organization Together We Rise to shed light on the issues foster care children face, so we are doing a tour helping children across the country. We are releasing the 'Bombs of My Love' Remixes, an acoustic version of BOML, and doing shows across the country, and how can I forget about the second single 'Paradise.' So excited for that to come out."
Regarding his songwriting inspirations, he said, "I attribute a lot of my songwriting ability to studying the great songwriters in pop today. For example, Max Martin is a huge hero of mine. I think as time went on I read more and more about different type of artists and learned about their craft: Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, and took bits and pieces from each to broaden my tastes and horizons. This has also ... positively impacted my music."
On the song's music video, he said, "We partnered with a great initiative, House of Darlings, who put us in touch with an amazing director, Patrick Tracy and Together We Rise so that we could use the video to make an impact and uplift the foster care youth."
Together We Rise is an important organization for Yonee. "At a young age, I was emotionally impacted by a very heart wrenching book series: A Child Called It, Lost Boy, and A Man Named Dave. It gave me an inside look at the struggles of children moving through the foster care system. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work with underprivileged children in Boys and Girls club in Orlando and children affected by abandonment."
Yonee added, "The goal with my music is to inspire and uplift people. There are many children in the world who weren't afforded the same opportunities as I did growing up. I decided that if I could use my voice to make an impact on the 400,000 children in foster care and help shed a light to brighten their future, I would."
Yonee had nothing but gratitude to offer his fans: "Thank you everyone for supporting me. I would not be where I am without you and stay tuned for my upcoming music; its all so different and brings out other sides of me as a person whether it be a piano ballad, groovy dance track, or soaring anthem. So there is something for everyone."
His next single is "Paradise," which he describes as a soaring anthem, and he cannot wait for its release.
The singer-songwriter shared that there is a full-length album in the works. "I am working on that as we speak. My musical influences come from everywhere and since i'm producing the album all the tracks will be different and reflect everything inside me sonically and melodically," he said. "Musically, my inspirations come from all over. In terms of songwriting, I draw inspiration from many artists/songwriters including Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Max Martin and Ed Sheeran. Michael Jackson’s charitable contributions really made an impact on me. Throughout his life, he used his talent to help people and his music continues to uplifts listeners around the world."
Yonee concluded, "My biggest inspiration in terms of charity has to definitely be my parents. My father is a doctor and to see him wake up in the early hours day after day to take care of the sick has ingrained that sense of hard work to help others. My mother, a selfless and loving person, had survived cancer and seeing her go through that, I could never sit still knowing there is so much hurt in the world."
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