Yellow Days

Yellow Days

Jon Bap

Wed · April 4, 2018

7:30 pm


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Yellow Days
Yellow Days
“I’m an old man in a young man’s body,” says George van den Broek, better known as Yellow
Days. Anyone who has spent some time soaking in the 18-year-old singer/songwriter/producer’s
voice might agree. Though his psychedelic, lo-fi music paints a vivid picture of teenage life, it
does so using the brushstrokes of a deep and heartbreaking voice that could belong to a man
much older. With mournful cadences and ragged, passionate extremes, it’s a voice that colours
everything he sings about with a kind of weary nostalgia, imagining the present, even as it
happens, as the past.
George grew up in the leafy suburb of Haslemere, in Surrey, U.K., where he says he lives a
“quiet life for an 18-year-old,” taking in the incredible views. He wanted to pursue music ever
since, as a child, he learned about his grandpa’s stint as a saxophonist in a jazz band with a
brief spell of success in the 1960s. The rest of his family is musical, too: his parents would often
play piano and blast psych rock from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and his two brothers
exposed him to everything from Rage Against the Machine to Chris Brown.
As he hit his teens, George’s world was shifted by experimental, jazz-influenced pop artists like
Thundercat and Tame Impala, and the grunge-y playfulness of Mac Demarco. His own music,
he explains, aspires to be “the next generation of that music, pushing what they started.” But his
all-time musical hero is Ray Charles. “He, for me, is the epitome of music. That’s what it’s all
about — all of the honesty and rawness that I want to hear.” Learning guitar from his brothers
and teaching himself, along with friends, to produce beats, George built himself a studio in his
garden shed so he could fully immerse himself in creating his own sonic world.
It was between the ages of 14 and 16 that George created Yellow Days, and began writing the
songs that would form his bluesy debut EP Harmless Melodies.​ ​“T​he aim was to encapsulate
youth,” he reflects. “I wanted the whole thing to be about me growing up, and how it feels to
grow up, the things you go through. Yellow Days itself means a yellow mist over your life, which
you see through — it’s a metaphor for youth, and the extreme feelings you get. I write about
those extreme feelings.” The release was the first taste of what to expect from a world-building
artist who writes, produces, and designs everything himself. Interspersed with philosophical
quotes on creativity from John Cleese, the EP’s kicked-back songs weave their way from a lazy
Sunday afternoon jam, to missives that stare teenage loneliness and unrequited love in the
On his upcoming project Is Everything Okay in Your World?, out​ ​October 27 on Good Years,
George is even more forthright and fearless when it comes to looking tough subjects in the eye.
The title, he explains, is a phrase so frequently heard by “people who struggle with things —
people who get anxiety, depression, people who just can’t quite get along. Basically on the
project, each song is an answer to the question.”
Philosophical in nature, George is always thinking on a large scale. “I’ve always just had a
genuine interest in the big questions in life,” he says. “A lot of people have always found it hard
to handle, they don’t like to talk about things like that, they find it uncomfortable, but I’ve always
searched for that kind of conversation.” After the next project, he hopes to release many more,
with each taking a question (like Is Everything Okay…?) as its starting point. “The next [release]
will respond to a different question, and then a conversation will go on, basically. My whole
career will be a conversation. That’s what I’m working on.”
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012