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YAO

Growing up listening to a whole palette of sounds and rhythms ranging from soul, West African, hip- hop and electronic music, this multifaceted producer and DJ brings a wide sound and scope to the music he creates and presents.


After starting as a deejay in university in his native Bay Area (SF) in the 00’s, Yao began to dabble in production and with fellow musicians & friends started Solos Records, which served as an outlet for their music. In 2007, Solos released Yao’s debut work Plantain is Public (a debut rooted in hip- hop and electronic music) to rave reviews globally. After its release, he travelled (West Africa, UK & South America), gaining more life experience ( a vital ingredient for his art & inspiration) and meeting like- minded artists. After some time further honing his craft working on edits, bootlegs and unique remixes of the likes of artists as disparate as Animal Collective, Ludacris, labelmate Bookworms and (NY based band) Lemonade, he released an EP entitled Coconut Dreams to close out 2015. The work was a conceptual collection of sound pieces based on life and love in Hong Kong. The (mostly instrumental) 5 song project drew inspiration from jazz, footwork, and bass with one foot firmly planted in hip hop.


As a DJ, you’ll find him playing everything from hip hop, dancehall, 60‘/70’s soul & international rarities to house and
bass music. Having shared the stage and billings with the likes of Benji B, De La Soul, J-Rocc, Diplo, Tyga, Shabazz Palaces,
Kode 9, Roska, The Bug, Samiyam and Teebs (to name a few), this young man is always ready to rock the party. Now based in Hong Kong (where he is co-manages underground venue XXX Gallery),Yao, who has traversed the world in search of the perfect beat, is always eager to spread the musical energy that emanates through his daily existence.