Yeek has been on our radar for the past year now. Earlier this month, he dropped the IDK WHERE EP. Today, we’re premiering the music video for “Fatigued” featuring the Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford. Sometimes, all you need is a stroll through the neighborhood with your best buds by your side—and some holographic effects to help you take in all the surrounding nature.
To celebrate this organic collaboration, we asked Yeek and Jesse to interview each other about the experience of working together amongst other interesting topics. Scroll down to read the full discussion and while you’re here, revisit Yeek’s episode from our ‘Cued Up’ series.
Yeek: So Jesse, let’s talk about the making of “Fatigued.” My dad was moving to L.A. so I flew to L.A. to help him drive from Florida to L.A. The day I got back, I wrote that song and recorded it in I want to say two hours.
Jesse: I always get the best ideas when I’m driving in a car. Lyrics and everything.
Y: But it wasn’t even there. It wasn’t even off the drive… I just hadn’t made music I felt in so long that right when I got back I was just like, “All right, now I can make music.”
J: And you’re just hungry for it.
Y: And then I just did it. I don’t know, I just did it. You know what I’m saying.
J: Yeah, it’s a long time being in a car… I know that feeling for sure getting off tour, but it doesn’t always happen easy like that.You caught a good one.
Y: And then I brought it to you I want to say a month or two later.
J: Yeah and you brought it… I mean you came into my studio in K-Town. That was a really good day. It was so easy.
Y: Well, we were just kicking it.
J: Yeah, we were just hanging. It was nice to just spend time with you and write the verse with you too. I thought that was cool. Your process is super hands-on and that sometimes is intimidating or suffocating with some people, but because you’re my bud, I’ve known you long enough to where it’s cozy enough.
Y: Yeah, for sure. If say, we were more strangers then I would try to just kick it with you and get a feel of it too there. I never want to make people feel uncomfortable, even if we’re strangers. My thing is to always make it a hang out session and just getting to know each other.
J: It’s crucial. Also with collaborations, I’ve learned… We’re really friends, that was real. It’s real when you have someone. When you pay for a feature, sometimes it’s tight, but also it’s just not because it’s not authentic.
Y: I know and it’s not on fire. You can hear, even if friends collab, it just sounds like they’re having fun and that’s how I always want my music to be. When I’m making it, when I’m playing it. I just don’t want that shit to be mad fun.
J: Yeah, shout out Danny too. Danny really pulled that together.
Y: He did help a lot with the finishing touches of the mixing and the production too on your verse.
J: Oh yeah, it was essential.
Y: Oh and also how the way you wrote your verses was like, you just grabbed a mic and had the Auto-Tune gone. Then you recorded it through the performance mic first, you guys took it to the actual mic, and then recorded it. Do you remember the doing that?
J: Of course, of course.
Y: I thought that was fire because I’ve never really done a song in that way.
J: What do you usually do?
Y: A lot of my songs are very early takes. When I find myself doing so much of one take then I’ll give up on the song completely.
J: Yeah, I feel that.
Y: Because then you’re not capturing a real moment. I feel like that’s what I did on this song perhaps. The project in general was just me trying to capture the actual moment. First takes are always a crucial for me.
J: Do you write it all first and have it? You play guitar a lot too which honestly since watching you do it, that’s probably a lot of why I’ve started to play guitar more. It’s inspiring seeing that. I know now I want to write a whole song before I even think of recording it. I want the whole thing ready to go, whether it’s written or in my head or whatever. Before I start moving and trying to track shit, I want to have it pretty ready to go. At the time, when we recorded “Fatigued,” we just got that set-up where I can have the live mic and jam out and freestyle testings out like that.
Y: Yeah, I want to start doing that low key. It just could just be another approach to writing a song. Everyone has their own different way.
J: You got to switch it up.
Y: For me it’s different.
J: I just get sick of shit.
Y: I feel like we’re both, it’s safe to say, we’re both kind of A.D.D. so it’s easier for us to function in that way. Or maybe most artists are kind of.
J: Probably, I would think that’s a common ground.
Y: We’ve had this convo before.
J: Yeah, focus in general is the hardest thing in my life. Just focusing. Once I do, I honestly feel like I could do some crazy shit, but just getting to that point is hard. Especially–to bring it back to this song and this interview–when you’re in a room with somebody and it’s you’re song and we’re sitting there, we’re trying to figure out, and I’m trying to impress you and impress me and impress any and doing it all. You don’t always end up with the result that maybe you’d be the happiest with, at least I don’t. This was the best example of it, of a collaboration working. Definitely, my fave collab for sure.
Y: Hell yeah. Yo, fucking good looks. All right we’re cursing.
J: Grand slam.