We’re back for another year! kicking things off to start the year we have a young emerging talent coming in from Melbourne. Please welcome to the stage YAAK.

Jacob (aka Yaak) started his career in a group called Equinox, playing festivals like Defqon.1 and landing a record deal with Dutch label ‘Q-Dance’. More recently Jacob felt he had to make a big move in direction, this is what gave birth to his solo project Yaak.

He’s now making a much more relavanet and modern electronic sound, with a few cross over genre’s, but something along the line of the Flume’esque sound. Jump over to his Soundcloud to get at good feel for what his throwing down.

Now, we, of course, wanted to throw a few quick-fire questions at Yaak to get to know him a little bit better, here’s what he had to say earlier in the week.

What have you went for & how have you chosen to use your 30 mins in this mix?

I went for something that would be a good mix between what you could expect from me at a live show whilst still being chill enough that you could listen to on a drive, or just hanging out.

How long have you been doing what you do?

I’ve been producing since 2008 when I was still in high school. It’s funny because I actually failed my music technology classes at the time, and that really pushed me to be better and work harder. I’ve been going seriously at it since around 2012 under a couple of different aliases.

What swung you into electronic music?

For me, Electronic music represented countless opportunities. I love so many different artists, that make such vastly different music, but it’s all still ‘Electronic’. I think when it comes to this type of music, the only limit to what you can create, is what you can imagine. And I love that.

How do you best describe your sound?

My sound is like a spring mustang, galloping for the first time through a picturesque meadow. The mustang whinny’s as it’s long legs power it up one of the bountiful rainbows that scatter the land. Up and up it charges – but it slips! As it falls from the rainbow, something miraculous happens – the Mustang was a Pegasus! He unfurls his powerful wings and rides off into the sunset, leaving behind all that he knew, all that he was – to become something more. . . .or something like that.

What’s the game plan for the new 2018?

For me, 2018 is going to be all about putting to practice what I’ve learned in the past couple of years. I will be releasing a LOT more new music, and aim to be collaborating with heaps more (great) Aussie talent.

I’m also planning to head over to the States at the end of the year and hope to take a lot of our great Aussie sound abroad.

Whats happening with future releases then?

I’ve got 2 new songs that I’m really excited about. One hip-hop infused banger with Atlanta based ‘Curtis Williams’ and another Mustang in the meadows type collaboration with an upcoming Melbourne act that I’ve been working closely with.

The whole Aussie scene is growing by the min, so many gems out there now. So, if you could pick any other Aussie to collab within 18, who would it be?

As I said before, it’s great to see so much talent at the moment, and I’d love to collab with as many of our home-grown artists as possible! If I had to pick one, though, it would probably be Sydney based Naderi. Boi has seriously insane skills.

& what about one hot tip, one act you think is about to pop & will be the next big thing?

I could tell you… But I’d have to kill you.

No seriously, Sam Bluer from Melbourne is one artist that I have my eyes on. His energy and sound are seriously refreshing, and I think he’s going to blow up in a big way this year.

Lastly, hope this is not too personal, but if you had to pick one, avo’s or mangoes for rest of your life where would your allegiance lay?

I can’t believe you have the nerve to ask such a sensitive question… I think Mango is a gorgeous fruit. It’s sweet, it’s sour, it’s wholesome, it leaves you wanting more. But I don’t need that kind of drama in my life… not long term. My answer right now is Avocado – but they’re like $3.90 a pop right now in Melbourne, so it’s on thin ice.