After embarking on his musical journey at just 15, George Andrews AKA Yaksha has explored a wealth of world music influences. His sound is planted well within the roots of soundsystem music, with a spiritual, conscious message at its core.
Born in London and growing up close to Bristol, he has taken the influences of his parents’ musical taste, as well as the city’s love for soundsystem culture and morphed his sound around that, proving himself another rising star amongst the ranks of BIMM’s talent pool.
Yaksha takes his alias from the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain name for nature-spirits, believed to be caretakers of Earth’s natural treasures, which are hidden in the roots of trees.
an aura of spirituality that flows through each track and creates an oozy, free flowing atmosphere
The underlying aim for Yaksha remains to ‘incorporate reflection upon the truest foundations of the culture’. All of his tracks feature trombone played by his father and a real sense of positivity comes through in his production, with an aura of spirituality that flows through each track and creates an oozy, free flowing atmosphere.
He has supported the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and has been remixed by UK Dub Pioneers Alpha & Omega. Displaying an undeniable respect for the roots of his sound, he keeps things authentic through releasing tracks on 7″ vinyl through his own limited-edition vinyl dubplate label Yaksha Sounds.
Name: George Andrews
Course title: Music Business
Instrument of choice:
Mixing Desk. I’ve been performing my music out as part of a live dub mixing set for the past year. This also features live trombone from my dad (King David Horns) as well as vocals and percussion from Emperor Wanje.
Can you describe your sound?
Conscious soundsystem music rooted in dub.
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
The music-centred upbringing my parents gave me has had a great impact. In terms of my production, most of my inspiration comes from roots reggae and early UK soundsystem music. I also take a lot of inspiration from Steppas Records’ sound – Alpha Steppa and Alpha & Omega have played a huge role in inspiring me with this style of music.
Have you got some examples of your music we can listen to?
I currently have just two releases out, which you can find on my SoundCloud. Both of feature very talented singers, Emperor Wanje and Martin Melody.
Have you got any shows or releases lined up?
In October I put out my first vinyl release with a track called Dreamers, featuring an Alpha & Omega remix – which I’ll be re-pressing very soon. The first run of vinyl sold out in just over a day!
The first run of vinyl sold out in just over a day
Does living in Bristol influence your music?
Definitely. There’s so much going on to be inspired by and all within proximity. Bristol has such a rich history in soundsystem culture and it’s been amazing to be introduced to this scene. Audiences in Bristol are very open minded and receptive to creative content, so performing here has helped me to develop my sound for sure.
Why did you decide to pursue a professional qualification in music?
I’ve always been passionate about music, so I knew I’d like to go in this direction. My production is mostly self-taught, so I came to BIMM to gain an insight into the record label and industry side of things.
My production is mostly self-taught, so I came to BIMM to gain an insight into the record label and industry side of things
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt at BIMM?
The importance of putting yourself out there.
Where do you hope to be in your career in five years?
At this point I’m not entirely sure, but my plan is to continue developing my label Yaksha Sounds and see where that takes me.
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger
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