Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Bonafied rock and pop singer-songwriter Yuzima is definitely making waves. Early in 2010 he released his debut album, Its Wonderful. Only after releasing songs from it bit-by-bit, building up a buzz, when the genre bending cd hit, he quickly sold out of them. But this isn’t new to the swiftly rising artist, he already released two EPs Yuzima the EP and The Cosmonaut, which received fabulous reviews from the likes of Treblezine music blog and all three releases got complements from a diverse group of celebrities including Carson Kressley, former AOL executive, and New York socialite Tatiana Platt, who featured him on her tastemaker website Fame Game, while hip music blog Faronheit has been faithfully blogging MP3’s from his releases--they have featured five songs so far. Those same songs where featured on The Hype Machine.
Yuzima was born in New York City to a musician father, who played steel drums, and a nomadic schoolteacher mother. At a young age, after a tumultuous split he and his mother moved to a small New England town where Yuzima, who at the time rapped, learned to fit in by performing with the local alternative bands. He eventually added U2, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana to his list of influences; that at the time included Bob Marley, Michael Jacksonand Parliament and Parliament Funkadelic . Yuzima also started recording at this time with a local DJ, trudging miles through deep snow banks to get to a friend's bedroom that masqueraded as a recording studio. These sessions culminated in old lost recordings; those lost recordings; Yuzima says, prepared him for his career in music.
After school, Yuzima saved up for a bus ticket and moved back to New York City. First singing with several bands, including the genre-bending Catapult Revolt, then he decided to go solo. After releasing his two EPs and his debut, ItWonderful, playing a bunch of shows in the New York area, and while working on a new EP for 2011; Yuzima has found the time to create Yuzima’s Church of Rock and Roll. The Church is a blog and a forum for Yuzima’s music and thoughts on pop culture. Every Sunday Yuzima posts a sermon. The Blog includes subjects that range from authenticity in art and commercialization’s affect on society as a whole.
Yuzima is now working on a new EP, called Glasnost, which will be released under the moniker Yuzima’s Church Of Rock and Roll. The EP is inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall and the spirit of change of that time, in contrast to the spirit of change of 2011. Yuzima points to U2’s Actung Baby and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation as influences for the EP.
Yuzima, The Cosmonaut (Self Produced, 2009)
Yuzima, Yuzima - The EP (Self Produced, 2008)
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