Songs & Stories Podcast: Talking Story with Ydine


Songs & Stories Podcast: S2, E10

Show Notes: Ydine is a soulful songstress based out of Hawaii island. She performs throughout the islands as a solo artist and with her band anOtherEvolution, an ever-evolving ensemble of musicians. In this episode you’ll hear two originals “Yes I” and the title track of her current album “Belly of the Whale.”

You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. You can also read an excerpt from the podcast’s transcript below.

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Connect with Ydine:

Steve Roby: How did you get started with music, and what inspired you?

Ydine: My dad really wanted me to play when I was young and tried to send me to piano lessons. We had guitars lying around the house and I could not be forced to touch an instrument. I refused and rallied against piano lessons, and he was just so sad because he never had that opportunity growing up.

And then somehow when I turned twenty-seven, I realized that I really wanted to be able to play the guitar so that I could sing with myself. I started to play the guitar at 27 and then ended up on a sailing trip for a year with a friend who knew how to play music and knew the circle of fifths, and he was a bass player. So, he really kind of taught me the ropes on this very aspect. I started playing the guitar then and then piano. I was probably about thirty-five when I started picking up the piano. So, it’s not advised, but it is possible. [laughs]

Roby: It’s good to know a couple of instruments, right?

Ydine: Yeah. It’s like different languages that you can then overlay on each other and learn between the languages.

Roby: Was there a certain moment or a certain musician that inspired you to want to become a musician?

Ydine: Nope. It was more like I was finally finding myself. I feel like I had spent so many years kind of either doing what others expected of me or just like not really being in touch with what I really wanted in my life.



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