It’s been quite a wait for new Yamil’s music to be released on his own Pieces of Life’s label, but these four new cuts have been worth waiting for. After an incredible year that saw Pieces of Life dropping the debut album by crew member Clemente, now is time for the Spanish record label to unleash the first reference of the year.
Following appearances on acclaimed labels such as Los Angeles based Sol Selectas, Monaberry or afro house finest MoBlack Recrods, Yamil is back on his own Pieces of Life with Amanecer EP, one of his most requested productions to date.
The EP starts with homonymous track ‘Amanecer’, a flowing and densely arranged dancefloor meditation, all conjoined by shimmering layers and an ultimately heart-melting Piano improvisation that gets into your head immediately and will leave no crowd untouched.
Next up is ‘Cleophatra’, which is built on the tension of an oscillating bass line that flickers and shifts through ascending and descending notes that gradually increase in intensity and lead to a powerful African chorus that perfectly match the essence of the song and takes us back to mother earth.
The third song is ‘Ritual’, which gradually decreases the energy of the previous tracks to take us into an emotional journey, with pleasant pianos and a soft voice that undoubtedly generate peace all along the way.
‘Symmetry’ is the EP’s closer, an impeccable programming of club-ready beats, smooth melodies and a crystal-clear singing voice that puts the finishing touch to this mind-blowing voyage of feelings.
You can now listen to the full premiere of ‘Amanecer’ exclusively on When We Dip while reading the great interview we had with Yamil. Enjoy!
WWD: Yamil, great to meet you! We are lucky enough to premiere the lead track from the collection. Where did the initial idea come from for Amanecer and how did the track develop over time?
Hi guys, thank you so much for supporting ‘Amanecer’, happy to have you on board for such a special delivery. Honestly, ‘Amanecer’ was created quite quickly, it all started with the chords and the piano progressions, and the rest of the stuff flowed very easily. When the muse is around, everything goes smoothly!
WWD: The EP develops throughout spanning multiple subgenres, do you have a favorite out of the four?
I think my favorites are ‘Cleophatra’ and ‘Symmetry’, but the feedback I’m getting from ‘Amanecer’ makes me wonder which one is cooler (hahaha), but I’m really happy with the four tracks, as you say they are full of many influences from different cultures and everyone perceives it in a different way, that’s the beauty of music!
WWD: Your label Pieces Of Life truly blends music and art. Can you tell us a bit about the design process for the imagery across the back catalogue?
In the beginning, POL was born to release only my music and that of people close to me but today it has become a joint project with Thimble, Clemente and our manager Borja, the philosophy remains the same, only release our music and sporadically that of artists we like regardless of a name or popularity. We don’t care about fashions, trends or genres, we only pursue high quality music.
Regarding the visual identity, all illustrations are done handmade by our dear Laura Cruz “Lacdemol”, she is a Madrid-based super-talented artist who is also an inspiration for us, she has been in the project since day one and plays a key role in the whole project. I invite you to take a look at his art as it is unique.
WWD: Which are some other records labels and artists that you respect and take inspiration from?
I’ve always tried to look for inspiration from everything around me and not only in electronic music but also in other musical genres or projects. I’m one of those who doesn’t listen to music at the moment I enter in the studio but nowadays I feel grateful to surround myself with talented people from my country who inspire me and with whom I have been able to collaborate like Thimble, Clemente, German Brigante, Adrian Roman or G.Zamora. As for labels, I have always been inspired by the sound of Sol Selectas or MoBlack, and it makes me very happy to be part of their musical catalog.
WWD: Let’s go back to the start, do you remember what got you hooked on music back in the day? At what point did you decide to make it your full time career?
Music has been in my life since I was a child, I don’t come from a musical family, but I’ve always had music close to me. My first introduction to electronic music was through my older cousins who showed me the first techno records (very dark! haha) which was very popular in my area. Little by little I was curious to get into all this world and started playing vinyl’s as a hobby for friends and at small parties in my town. Later I discovered music production and I totally immersed myself in it, I dedicated many many hours to this, based on trial and error, it is true that I took some lessons on my beginnings but mostly I have learned in a self-taught way until I got my own sound. It’s all been a slow process and you never really realize that this could be your job until the musical results and gigs start coming in and that’s when it becomes a truly way of life.
WWD: What is the music scene like where you’re based now?
I live in a small town in the north of Spain called Aranda de Duero, where there is absolutely no electronic scene, but here I feel calm to live and create, away from the chaos of a big city. In these times that everything is linked, it’s not difficult to be connected with the rest of the world through a computer or a mobile phone.
WWD: Jumping into the studio, do you have a favourite bit of kit that is integral to the music you make?
I’m passionate about to discover local instruments of the countries I visit, I always try to make space in my suitcase to bring something back to the studio, many times they are instruments that I only use once in a song, but I really love it. I also have my essentials like Juno 106 or Moog Sub37 and I’m also a bit of a digital nerd, so I like to experiment with VST’s, I use a lot the Arturia pack, Diva and a lot of Native Instruments. All of the above are key pieces in my studio although as I say, I like to try and experiment with a variety of analog and digital instruments.
WWD: What is next for you? Any upcoming releases or gigs to keep an eye out for?
2023 is going to bring a lot of new music and collaborations that people have been waiting for since last year, you can expect new releases on some of my favorite labels such as Sol Selectas or Monaberry to name a few and of course on my own label. And as for gigs, I definitely think this year will be quite full, I will make my return to some cities I haven’t been to for years so I’m really excited. We’re working hard to take my music to as many or more places as I did in 2022 so stay tuned
WWD: Thanks for talking with us Yamil!
Thank you, guys! and all the best for 2023.
Release Date: January 13th, 2023. Buy Here