Meet New York City based producer and vocalist Yellow Shoots. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Yellow Shoots, real name Greg Matthews, combines elements of smooth R&B, English rock, blues, and electronica to create his own unique and memorable musical style. Through his productions, Yellow Shoots proves his versatility as a talented musician and multi-instrumentalist. Yellow Shoots describes his music as honest, dark and funky infused with a vintage sound. In this exclusive interview, Yellow Shoots opens up about his newest single "everything", how synesthesia influences his music and more.
How long have you been making music? "everything" is a pretty intense track. How has your songwriting evolved over the years?
I’ve been making music since I was about sixteen years old. My songwriting has definitely evolved over the years. I think more so on crafting the world through my storytelling. The production services that too.
Why did you decide to name yourself Yellow Shoots?
Yellow Shoots came from a synesthetic experience in my Flatbush apartment in Brooklyn, NY.
How did you come up with the idea for your newest song "everything"?
“everything” just sort of came to me while I was playing guitar in my bedroom.
How do you describe your sound?
I would describe it as R&B, progressive rock and pop combined. It’s sort of, I don’t know 100% me.
What is it like being an independent artist living in New York City?
It’s tough, but I think it’s supposed to be tough. Being an artist anywhere isn’t easy. If you aren’t challenging yourself daily then I don’t really think you’re living.
What is your creative process like?
It’s all over the place. Sometimes it takes me three minutes to make a song. Sometimes it takes three months. But I often like to ride creative waves for two to three hours, take a break and then get back into it. Inspiration comes and goes. Sometimes I’m feeling super inspired. Sometimes I’ll lose my inspiration for weeks.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
Yes (the band), Stevie Wonder, Prince, and so many others, too many to name.
What’s the theme song of your life?
I’m not really sure but it’s got to have something to do with being an underdog.
What inspires you?
Women, hardships in life, and growing up. Finding oneself. Funny happenings…
What are your goals for the next year? Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know?
I really want to go on a big tour and play music live for the world. I’m coming out with a self-titled LP this winter. Stay tuned for more details as well as show announcements in New York City and Los Angeles.