It is nearly impossible to establish exactly what it is about YACHT that sets them apart from other bands, because almost everything about how they define themselves does it for them. They possess something today’s generation of music is lacking substantially, a strong sense of unity among musicians and fans, fueled entirely by the lighthearted desire to gain knowledge on the world around us, and connect with others through creative wonderment. The spiritual substance behind their music creates an entire community of interests that does not conflict with any religion. They consider themselves not only a Band, but a Business, and a Belief system.
YACHT was born in 2002 as a solo project of Jona Bechtolt. Throughout the years, Claire L. Evans had been involved in much of the production, and was finally established as an official part of the group in 2008. They have been recently accompanied by additional members, Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky and Katy Davidson while on tour.
The acronym, YACHT, (other examples of spelling include Y∆CHT, Y▲CHT, & Y.A.C.H.T) stands for “Young Americans Challenging High Technology,” an academic program Bechtolt was involved with, and something they continue to accurately encompass as they constantly embrace a variety of new media opportunities in their projects. YACHT are succeeding in "using technology to extend physical boundaries of communication, performance, and music."
Much of the band’s inspiration comes from what they refer to as their 'Western Utopian American Triangle,' a series of cities, Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California, and Marfa, Texas, all of which harbor emotional significance for Evans and Bechtolt. But the style in which YACHT write their music is not only revolutionizing the way music is interpreted, but the actual creativity behind it. They believe that "art and spirituality are inseparable," a universal theme for much of their music. They also stress the importance of embracing individuality and stepping out of the mold to do what simply makes one happy, a concept quickly deteriorating among today’s youth. When asked to describe their overall sound in a 2011 interview, Evans answers,
"Categories are bad. Pure experience is good. Making things that seem good and right to you as a person. Once you can trust that your own taste isn’t some thing and doesn’t have to be in a category of any kind you can actually enjoy what you’re doing."
The band also believes that it is one’s personal experiences that base your opinions of how you perceive music.
"We don’t define our music, we let other people define it. We feel like that’s a privilege we’d like to give to you. It’s not our place to define what were doing, it’s just to do it," says Bechtolt.
No written description of my own can accurately describe how inspired I am by this band’s raw energy and passion. Take a look at their frequently updated blog for more of YACHT’s articulate beliefs, goals, and to find out how you can become a part of this fascinating group.
"It’s not about fashion, and it’s not about a certain style of music, it’s just behind a spirit behind everything you do. And that’s what we believe in.”