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A brief chat with Rachael Yamagata


Rachael Yamagata has collaborated with Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Jason Mraz and many more, but 2014 has seen her slow-burning solo career take a leap forward. She plays the Bluebird Theater in Denver on October 17, so we grabbed her for a quick chat.R

Yellow Scene: 2014 has been a big year for you – you’ve worked with bands and some big names but your name is finally getting out. Is that how it feels?

Rachael Yamagata: I’m not sure. My head is spinning, so maybe yes. I’ve been doing a lot on my own – I’ve been self-managed for a few years and I started my own independent record label to release my music, so I’m focussed on the music and the business side all the time. For me, I guess I lose my perspective of whether my name’s out there or not but I know that I’m touring a lot and I’ve a lot of big plans in store – running a pledge campaign and releasing a record next year. I think I’ll be on the road for the next six-eight months, which I guess is good. It feels pretty good.

YS: We’ve been watching your video for “Even if I don’t” – is that you dressed as one of the furry animals?

RY: I’m the bunny. The tour manager is the tiger. It was like 95 degrees out, it was really hot, but it was a fun video to shoot.

YS: Do you enjoy performing in Denver?

RY: I do. I had one of my first big shows ever at the Fox Theatre, opening for David Gray when I first started music. There were maybe 4,000 people there, more than I played in front of before. It has a special place in my heart as one of the initiations to a big crowd. I was completely terrified, and the audience was so nice and welcoming. It really kind of set the stage for me, so it was really nice.

YS: What are your plans for this set?

RY: This time, it’s going to be a collection of new songs that I’m working on that will be released next year, as well as stuff from my previous records.

YS: What’s next after the tour?

RY: I’m doing an acoustic version of my first album, Happenstance, and I’m finishing the new record in the winter. Next year, I’m touring as a support act but I don’t believe I can announce it yet. It’s going to be a really nice time. That’s be February and March. Asia looks like it will on the books in April, then Europe, and then a follow-up US tour in early summer.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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