Having just dropped a brand new 4 track EP ‘heaven in ur bedroom’, Yung Ivy is on the rise – working hard to make his name known in the online emo-trap scene. Like many young artists sharing the same ambition, seeing how you can turn Soundcloud clout into real life music success through the likes of Lil Peep and gothboiclique, Ivy has been making the most of lockdown, putting his head down and focusing on music from the solitude of his bedroom.
We caught up with Yung Ivy from lockdown to chat about his new EP, what inspires him to make music and his plans for the rest of 2020.
First off tell us who you are and where you come from?
My name is Yung Ivy and I was born in the UK but I’ve since moved to the internet permanently.
How would you describe your sound?
Ethereal emo with auto-tune.
You’ve been releasing music for a few years now, could you give us a little insight into what got you started and when you decided to take it seriously.
I’d been making music in bands for a couple of years before I started Ivy, but it was after reading an article about lil peep in like early 2017 that got me back into producing and then I decided to start releasing my stuff at the start of 2018 (a lot of it is long deleted now so if you remember any of that stuff ur v rare).
Tell us about your latest project ‘heaven in ur bedroom’ – what inspired you to create it?
Pretty much all the instrumental work was done before we went into lockdown, I’d made the beats in my uni room over a couple of months and it was only after I moved back home due to the pandemic that the ideas for the lyrics started coming together.
Who do you look up to that’s making music now – are there any other underground artists we should be following?
At the moment I’ve been listening to tons of Drain Gang, PC Music / Hyperpop and people like David Shawty. On top of that I’m also inspired by ton of 3rd wave and twinkly emo as well, and then all the other people in this scene making similar stuff like 93feetofsmoke and Sullii who are constant sources of inspiration for me so go check ’em all out if you haven’t already.
How have you been dealing with this pandemic?
Honestly it hasn’t been too bad, I’m extremely lucky that it hasn’t impacted my life too much and I’ve been able to move back home with my parents. I’ve recently finished school for the year so my time is going to be taken up with just creating as much stuff as I can while also trying to stay sane.
Finally, what’s your plans for the rest of 2020 (if everything goes back to normal soon…)?
I’m currently trying to plan out a full album, it’s been nearly two years since my first one but currently I’m in the very early demo stages for it. I’ve been doing a bunch of production work for my friend ACAB Brik (go give them a listen) as well so hopefully you’ll start to see some track I’ve produced for them coming out over the next few months. Other than that, I’m just trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone with the music I’m making and exploring new sounds and styles.