By Karolina Kapusta
VANCOUVER – Ravers around the world mourned the end of Flosstradamus when the trap runners announced their split at the end of 2016. With Flosstradamus at the head of a new wave of electronic music back in 2012, it was the end of an era for part of the EDM scene.
Flosstradamus, founded by Josh Young and Curt Cameruci, now consists of only the latter. Young decided to leave the moniker behind and start a new project, YehMe2, which he debuted at the Hard Summer Music Festival last month.
“Before the show I kept having these dreams where I walked up on stage and no one was there,” Young confesses. That wasn’t the case. Instead, he performed to a massive crowd in what became one of his favourite performances of his entire music career.
“YehMe2 is a more confident, mature, and focused version of [my past self],” says Young. “I’m twelve years into the music industry, and I’ve made some mistakes, experienced some ups and downs, and learned a whole lot about this business and myself. Having a clear vision and decisiveness are everything.”
Divorcing the creative partner with whom he’d reached such a high peak of success was anything but easy.
“The upside is the time I’ve been able to spend with my family and in the studio creating. It’s super inspiring being around my wife and kids […] My oldest son, Lex, loves the drums and my youngest son, Ryder, smiles nonstop. They’ve helped me so much through this rough transition for sure,” credits Young. “I was fortunate to have a really supportive family, so I’m going to keep that going with my boys. Whatever it is that they want to do I’ll be there telling them they can be the best at it and when they become the best at it, [I’ll tell them] to stay modest.”
STMT (or Steal This Mixtape) hit the Internet in 2016, with STMT 2 released in the summer of 2017. STMT consists of 27 genre-hopping edits, where Young effortlessly showcases his knack for turning any song into a trap-heavy jam.
“I’ve learned a lot and have honed in my sound,” observes Young. “When I made the first STMT, I was just messing around trying to figure out what my sound is. On STMT 2, I knew going into it exactly what I wanted to do. I went into it with a really clear vision.”
Young’s latest track is a bass-heavy rework of Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You,” and he’s got plenty of other exclusive remixes and edits up his sleeve that he can’t wait to unleash on the crowds during his North American “Steal This Tour” circuit. With his new alias, new music, and promising stage design based off a concept he’s had in his head for years, the night is sure to be filled with warning signs and mosh pits.
YehMe2 hits up Venue in Vancouver on October 25.EDM, Flosstradamus, Trap, Venue, Venue Nightclub, YehMe2