Yellow Then Blue is an exploratory musical project by multi-instrumentalist/composer Justin Deming. Various musical styles from Justin’s history are represented and melded together to create alchemy of experimental sound. These diverse tastes include experimental electronic, drum and bass, punk rock, prog rock, jazz, and ambient styles.
“Guitar was the first instrument that I felt a strong connection to. I played and listened to a lot of punk rock music when I was a kid. Later, I matured into prog rock and then later jazz. With jazz though I decided I should put all of my energy into the saxophone. Learning the flute came later as a result of all that. Classical piano was really my first instrument but I hated the lesson/practice structure.”
Justin’s music often presents huge contrasts, light-but-dark, happy-but-sad, soft-but-aggressive, fast and yet somehow ballad-like. One listener stated; “It's like the soundtrack to having a purely sublime moment amidst the chaos of the city.” The artist has said, “Over time the name Yellow Then Blue came to represent this duality that I kept noticing. Originally I picked this name because a friend of mine with synesthesia described my music as being cool because it was yellow and then blue. Now it seems even more appropriate as a title seeing as those colors are opposites in the spectrum.”
Currents, the first release by Yellow Then Blue, is a four-part drum and bass suite. Although the overall style of the piece is easily described as being drum and bass, six instruments are played and recorded live by Justin, along with solos on saxophone, flute, and guitar; the record sounds a lot more like a psychedelic hard rock record than a trippy electronic record. Only the drum parts and synth basses were programmed with a computer. Listening to the album from start to finish reveals it’s full emotional impact as a unified musical statement. Fellow electronica producers like Vorpal (Sublight Records) have taken notice. BUY THIS ALBUM AT ONCE!! Look forward to more exciting releases in the future!
UPDATE: The new Yellow Then Blue album is available through OXO-Unlimited and through the official YTB website. Look for the link in the links section below. Thanks.