TheWhatItDo tells the stories behind the music as YBM prepares for the release of his second album, “Know Your Rootz Vol. II.”
TWID: Tell us about yourself.
YBM: I’m from Cali., Sacramento born and raised. I come from family of thirteen. Right now, I’ve just been doing music since I was a youngin’, maybe nine or ten. It didn’t really start getting serious until about 09’. I started in a group called Paradise Ent, but just a couple of months ago I decided to go solo.
TWID: What brings you to the music business?
YBM: The island we come from my grandpa is a well-known singer and all of my aunties and uncles were always into music. Since we were young, my siblings and I would do some singing here and there. Every one would tell me I should think about doing it seriously, so that’s when we started in 09’. It just went forward from there.
TWID: How do you feel about taking your music back to Tonga sometime in your career?
YBM: I really do want to, and that’s why I’ve been working on my album tour out here. You know, I really want to go back to my island and show them we’re doing something out here… For anyone out here in the states we haven’t forgotten about our people.
TWID: What is the inspiration behind your music?
YBM: My inspiration is of course my grandpa, Lucky Dube, and Bob Marley, the real humble ones. Those are my top three artists.
What inspires my music is my family. Even though I do different genres of music, they all evolve around love. So, family love, friend’s love, and everything about love works for me. I write all my own music, but I will ask for people’s opinions.
TWID: What can we expect from your upcoming music?
YBM: I’m working on my second album, “Volume 2 to Know Your Roots.” My first album dropped in September of last year. Just more love of spreading the music, and expand my collaborations with more artists. I want it to get further, and to hit every crowd, every generation with every kind of genre. I want people to relate to my music in any kind of way.
TWID: What do you hope to accomplish with Know Your Roots, Volume II?
YBM: My destination I’m looking forward to is getting a label deal, just working towards that record deal right now. Just to make it mainstream, so that all this music and hard work won’t be in vain. I know everyone says that the dream is too big, but the sky is the limit you know? I wanna be able to take care of my family, and be happy.
TWID: What can your audience expect at your shows?
YBM: Just expect music to make you move. I don’t want to make you sit down, leave, or just sit there and watch me. You know, I want the crowd to dance and have a good time. Just enjoy yourselves. We came to party and have fun that’s what it’s all about.
TWID: What do you want to say to your fans?
YBM: I want my fans to know that this music thing, you know, it’s because of them. I still have the motivation and the inspiration because of them. Their feedback, their opinions, them listening to my stuff, and acknowledging the fact that I do what I do is what keeps me going really.