yeti farm

To the Quay

by on Nov.14, 2011, under Tunage

Listen to To the Quay
To the Quay – another Steve Parris hit! Steve captures that bright Afropop guitar sound, with some nice changes. A recent mix, check back for updates…

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Bobblehead Steve!

by on Nov.13, 2011, under general

See if you can spot him!  Groove on the jams – you too can be a bobblehead!

 

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Femi Kuti/KSA freak the crap out of Yeti Farm

by on Jul.08, 2009, under general

Over the past few weeks, the lads of Yeti Farm Bill and Stevie P, have been collectively freaked out by some smoking hot musical diamonds straight out of Nigeria in the form of concerts by Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade.

We saw Femi at Seattle’s Showbox in late June.  Talk about a high-energy throwdown! Great horns, incredible rhythm section and ass-shaking backup singers.  Seriously, these lovely ladies would sing a few lines, turn their backsides to the crowd and move things in a rapid fire, mind bending earthquake of sexually charged jiggle-mania.

Femi was also quite engaging, talking about life in Nigeria, his father and how to make love for more than 45 minutes.  His song, Beng Beng Beng instigated a crowd frenzy the likes of which I’ve never seen.  The grooves these cats cranked out were huge… no resisting the urge to go nuts.  Great show.

A couple of weeks later, it was the King Sunny Ade show at the Triple Door.  Openers were the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International specializing in Ghanan high-life music.  SUPER!  Really fun stuff.

KSA though, was unbelievable.  A band of 13 walked on stage, including three talking drummers… they started grooving in a more traditional Nigerian mode… freaking the shit out of our melons.  The beats were so infectuous, Stevie P could not sit still, mixing it up with the many Nigerian nationals in attendance on the dance floor. Amazing, singing, great songs… felt as though we may as well have been in Lagos.  Even in the acapella singing parts, KSA made one compelled to shimmy and shake… Considering he is the biggest star in all of Nigerian music, I can see why every member of his band were sick ass monsters on their instruments.  The guitarist blew minds and his drum kit player dispensed the impossible as a casual matter of course.

In short, see these acts if you ever get the chance.  You’ll be just like Yeti Farm… looking in to flights to Lagos.

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Who authorized the “Spy Music?!?”

by on Apr.20, 2009, under general

WTF!?!

Who authorized the playing of “spy music” guitar riffs into Afro-Beat?

Friggin’ Yeti Farm, of course!

Bill and I are making big laughs and writing cool shite with every rehearsal.  Now’s the Time to start programming our tracks in Ableton.

Speaking of Live 7, wtf?  Live 8 is out before I can even learn Live 7.  Software builders are asses (I should know, I’m in their ranks).

I also played a gig with my brother Scott at Stuart’s Place tavern in Snohomish last Sat.  I gave the locals a little taste of what YF is up to… the all-white cracker devil audience seemed to dig my afro-pop.  Weird, considering the plethora of Confederate flags adorning Harley’s parked outside.

Perhaps my bro’s song “I Live in a F*cking Cave” softened them up?

Nonetheless, YF marches forward… assuredly… and with the tang of expensive tofu cheeses on our breath.

Stevie P

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The Birth of “Yeti Farm”

by on Mar.24, 2009, under general

The Low-Down:

Yeti Farm is the intersection of musical data and live performance that plumbs the depths of afro-beat,  reggae and jazz.

This sounds crazy nutso! Won’ t this dangerous meddling spawn some kind of musical epidemic? How was this allowed to happen?!?

The two principals (so far) of Yeti Farm are Bill Broomall (keyboards/dj/programmer) and Steve “Stevie P” Parris (vocals, guitar, saxophones, EWI, programming).

Bill and Steve had been playing and stretching out traditional jazz standards on and off for years… Bill working on various side projects while Steve fronted his amusing ska/reggae/rock group The Nigel Mustafa Memorial Quartet.

After the demise of “Nigel,” Steve started jamming with Bill and some of his contacts.

At the same time, Steve was interested in exploring new sounds.  Thanks to iTunes, he downloaded hundreds of tracks from Fela Kuti, Vampire Weekend, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Issa Bagayogo, King Sunny Ade, The Superpowers, Mulato Astatke and many others.  These artist started to shape some of his songwriting which he then shared with Bill.

Little did Steve know, but Bill is a well-educated listener and purveyor of afro-beat. (Among about a million other things too)

All these years, they’d been jamming over Mingus… who knew that they would make this huge shift and start into something from far away.

And yes, Yeti Farm’s afro-beat is highly contagious.  You’ll know you’ll have it when PowerPoint presentations make you involuntarily scream “Take me to Babylon!” at the top of your voice.

What’s up with this “musical data” action?  Sounds pretentious.

Yeti Farm believes it is only pretentious if it doesn’t produce musical results and you’re doing it to just show off to your IT person.

“Flexible music data” to them means using computers contain palates of pre-built sounds, riffs and effects at the ready to trigger within a song’s continuum.  It also means the ability to sample sounds on the fly, incorporate them into the songs and sequence shiny new ideas in real time.  They also fiddle with tons of other parameters too.  So many combinations of these capabilities and more are at their fingertips, they don’t often know what will happen next.

It appears they’re also heading down the visual road with this stuff too.

Basically, this is a way to improvise using technology and to support our live instruments explorations… no two performances of the same song sound alike.   Loose rules exist, but played within a framework.

This isn’t “fancy” karaoke by any stretch.


Where are you from?  How did you get there?

Bill and Steve are from Everett, WA and Hansville, WA respectively.

Bill has lived all over the place as part of a military family.  He is a Linux consultant.

Steve works for an education software company in Client Services. He has lived in NYC, Portland and Seattle.

They are both white guys in middle age who love music, hiking and laughing until coffee flies out of their noses.

No doubt, Yeti Farm will not hit the top 40 charts, displacing a song about goats by Christina Aguilera.


Why only a duo? Are you anti-social?

They both love computers and the challenge of reproducing the traditionally huge sound of afro-beat through programming and live performance.

You could argue that they are, in fact, anti-social because they would rather see if they can pull off this experiment than hire another sweaty trumpet player.

Is this going to be electronica with an African twist?

No.

They use a lot of analog amps, effects and play real saxophones and guitars… singing happens too.  Your local DJ does not do this.

When are you going on world tour?

It is going to be a few months before any performance goes down.  Lots of tweaking to do.

But don’t worry, Yeti Farm will get there.

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