Yesnomaybe is a new media deep dive into digital existentialism. An audio-visual journey through the human condition. Yesnomaybe is the solo project of New Media artist Akshat Nauriyal who has been part of the Indian independent music scene for almost two decades. His discography includes 8 independent Album/EPs as a drummer with his critically acclaimed Noise Rock outfit Hoirong, and previously Another Vertigo Rush which won the Toto Music award in 2009. He has also played drums with electronic outfits Teddy Boy Kill and BLOT.
Anatomy of the Genre
I’d just play the songs man. They can decide what they think it is. Of'course there are synth textures which are reminiscent of the 80’s synth movements, and traces of industrial and influence from the the works of legends like Trent Reznor and Thom Yorke in some way maybe? I dont know I’ve confused myself with this answer now.
The song, as most of the music I write feels like a journey between mania and melancholy. I had the opening groove for over a year, but it’s only in the recent months that the opening verse came to me, and then the whole song was built around it. It’s always challenging to give form to something that starts as an abstract idea. But one chips away at it hoping the final form is close to what you had imagined when you started off. Sometimes you come close, sometimes it’s quite different. ‘The Other’ seemed like more of an abrasive song to me when I started, but eventually, this is what it became.
Redbull Gives you Wings
Red Bull Premieres is a cool platform and I liked the diversity in the sounds. So from that perspective it was good to be showcased amongst artists who are also producing interesting music.
It’s quite ironic that despite now having the maximum number of sources to publish your music in history, it’s become equally difficult to get it to people unless you really push it yourself/have an agency/PR etc. But I don't really buy into all that so I just publish it on the platforms, with Bandcamp as the central portal. If people like the music, they will find it.
Umm. This is like a deep existential question, and the dread exists everyday. But the reward for me, at this point of time in life, is more the process of writing rather than what happens once the song is released. It’s more a cathartic personal experience which it fulfills first, everything else comes later. And most times that is enough. Operative phrase being ‘most times’.
On the Anvil
I want to release the first EP by the end of the year, and then move onto writing and releasing more audio visual pieces, and hopefully some shows down the road.