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Yogi Wan, a prolific Hip Hop and R&B producer, rapper and singer, songwriter from North London is being described by artists, producers, DJ's and peers as a meticulous producer as well as an entertaining and confident performer that carves his own lane musically. Some say it is just what the industry and the scene needs in order to grown and move up to another level.
Yogi Wan is currently seeking the opportunity to establish a fan base through performances with a view to expanding the fan base further through remixing, producing and writing music for up-and-coming and established artists. His current release, Riding Slipstreams takes Yogi Wan in a new direction showing more of a fun side musically and lyrically. After a hard year in 2010 producing, recording, mixing, releasing and promoting four mix-tapes for local artists on his label JKPMediaGroup, Yogi Wan was on a high and feeling very upbeat and wanted to let the world know of the ups and downs, experiences, thoughts and views of that period in time. Every track is quality, from production to lyrical ability, content, flow and delivery. Tracks have been described as mood changing, modern, down to earth hip hop and club worthy. . Now it is time for Riding Slipstreams to be heard and is available to download at http://www.yogiwan.bandcamp.com. Since its release, Yogi Wan has preformed At One Mic for OHTV, UK Unsigned Hype and at the Crazy, Sexy, Cool Show to name a few. Yogi Wan's performances have been described as confident, engaging and delivered with the greatest of clarity and compared to a long lost era of the last of the true hip hop artists. All shows have left the crowd in a frenzy leading to further bookings for performances as well as radio interviews. Yogi Wan is an artist not to be overlooked.
Although Yogi Wan has always been music orientated from childhood, he got his first taste for performances in 1989 when he danced on stage with Bobby Brown at Wembley Arena on his Don't Be Cruel tour. Six years later, Yogi Wan found himself signed to Mango, a division of Island Records with a group who took him under their wing. During this time, Yogi Wan was mentored by Marc Mac and Dego of Reinforced Records, ex Mongo Jerry musicians Byron and Steve (parents of N Dubz members Dappy and Tulisa) as well as being in the environment with other successful musicians and bands such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Suede and Skunk Anansi. Jumbo Studios became his second home. Most days after school and on weekends, Jumbo Studios was where you would find him. This broadened Yogi Wan's horizons and boosted his confidence, diversifying his abilities from rapping, into music production.
As the son of a DJ, Yogi Wan grew up in and around music. Inspired by many genres of music from Reggae, Soul and Hip Hop to Pop, Rock and chart music, Yogi Wan’s production skills grew in versatility, as did his ear and penmanship for good writing abilities. Throughout his early years, Yogi Wan gravitated towards artists such as Beres Hammond, Gregory Isaac, Michael and Janet Jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran and Phil Collins. But when he discovered New Edition, LL Cool J, Run DMC and Bobby Brown; he also discovered his passion to write and produce music and his love for performing. This is all evident in his music today.
2006 saw Yogi Wan start a small production company by the name of Jedi Knight Productions that became home for rap duo Jr C and Casino for a few years. During this time, Yogi Wan also worked with artists such as E.C. Tony D and Reveal of Poisonous Poets and Duane Flames. Further work included track remixes for many unsigned artists from Russian female rapper Kayta to UK's home grown talents such as Dretonio. Under his own label, JKPMediaGroup, Yogi released two mix-tapes. Volume 1: The Prequel and Volume 2: We Run The Remix; both showcased some of the work that was being produced. out of JKP Studios Yogi Wan added another string to his bow in 2009 when he directed and edited the video to Jr C's single, A To UK. This single was in support of all the troops who had fought and were still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all proceeds from the downloads were donated to Help 4 Heroes. It was also the lead single from Jr C's mix tape, Andrew Bailey's Signature which Yogi Wan produced a large amount of. 1st Feburary 2009, A To UK opened DJ 279's Friday Night Flavas show on Choice FM, receiving a ten minute premiere and went on to receive heavy rotation on Friday Night Flavas and
Jenny Francis' The Hype show for many weeks.
Following on from a year of hard work and performances, Yogi Wan went on to produce, record and mix four mix tapes for three artists and himself, one EP and two instrumental mix tapes, performing as often as possible at as many venues as possible. The end of this period took Yogi Wan back into the studio and Riding Slipstreams was born. Every track is quality, from production to lyrical ability, content, flow and delivery. Tracks have been described as mood changing, modern, down to earth hip hop and club worthy. Performances have been described as confident and engaging, with delivery and clarity comparable to a long lost era of the last of the true hip hop artists. Many will tell you, and as you read earlier,Yogi Wan is an artist not to be overlooked.