By: Andrew Minkovitz
After hearing about a rising local DJ from some of our sources, we decided we had to arrange an interview with Seba Yuri to find out a bit more and to be able to say we met him before he became famous.
Seba, thanks for joining us for this interview. To start things off, can you tell us a bit about how you started DJing? I would assume you can’t start off immediately with the 4,000 person venues like Echostage or festivals like Moonrise.
—Thanks so much for having me. My interest began when I was a junior in high school. It was around that time where we had to start thinking about what we wanted to go to school for, what to do after college, etc. My biggest interest at the time was electronic music, so DJing & music production was naturally the first thing that came to my mind.
What artists did you grow up listening to?
Not a lot of people know this, but most of my life, I had only listened to hip hop, particularly golden era/90s hip hop. Then I realized that I couldn’t rap or produce hip hop/rap. This is not to say that I don’t listen anymore; hip hop will always be my foundation.
“Hip hop will always be my foundation.”
Who is your current sound inspired by?
That’s a tough one. I like to produce a number a different genres so I have quite a few inspirations, but if I had to name just one for the moment, it’d be Lane 8. Very vibey deep house that’ll get everyone moving.
Of all the artists you have shared the stage with, who is your favorite? (Whether through their producing or their live set.)
Also a tough one, but I would have to say Amtrac, who I opened for in December of 2014. He’s such a down to earth guy, he tapped me on the shoulder in the middle of my set just to tell me that I was killing it. It sucks to say, but these days, openers don’t normally get that kind of appreciation from the headliners they’re warming up for.
Drake or Meek Mill?
Drake. OVO forever. Funny enough, I HATED Drake in high school. Nowadays, I can’t stop listening to him.
Is there a dream artist you would want to open for or perform with?
This is gonna sound like a typical answer coming from a guy like me, but Carl Cox, hands down. He’s the main reason for why I got into DJing, & sharing the stage with him would be beyond surreal. I might pass out upon meeting him.
This upcoming year or season, basically these next 6 or so months, there are so many anticipated albums that are set to be released. Give us the top 5 that you can’t wait for.
Well there’s a couple that literally JUST came out that I’ve been bumping all the time now, including The Weeknd’s new album & Nero’s “Between II Worlds.” There’s also Coldplay’s album that’s due out sometime this fall — always been a big fan of them (and I’m not ashamed to say it). I’m also looking forward to this Drake/Future mixtape, which is sure to be fire. Last, I doubt it’ll come out anytime soon, but definitely Frank Ocean’s upcoming album, “Boys Don’t Cry.” I’ve been waiting for a new one from him ever since Channel ORANGE came out, so I’m wicked excited for this.
It’s always great to talk to local artists and learn a bit more about the rapidly growing DC music scene. What direction musically do you think it is headed?
It’s definitely headed upward, now more than ever, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. DC’s music scene (especially the electronic sector) is like one big happy family; nearly everybody knows everybody, and I’m so grateful for that.
With so many to choose from, which is your favorite venue in the city?
Personally I can’t choose just one. Each venue I’ve been to or played at delivers it’s own special ambiance, as well as small qualities that I’m not too fond of. But that’s a good thing; that means that there’s something for everyone in DC.
Do you see yourself staying in DC after school?
Not sure, I’ll leave that up to the big guy. Ideally, I’d like to move out west because of its awesome music scene and I’ve always wanted to live out there, but if I gotta stay, then I’d be more than happy to.
So besides DC, what other cities have you enjoyed playing?
I haven’t quite broken out of DC just yet, but I anticipate that I will soon. I’d love to play in NYC sometime, maybe even LA. Who knows what the future holds!
Any upcoming shows we should check out?
I’m opening up for superstar Sam Feldt on September 24th at U Street Music Hall (already sold out, sorry!), as well as the big man himself, Sir Pete Tong, at Soundcheck the following Sunday (27th). Come thru fam!
So when will we see you headlining over at U Street or Echostage?
When I’ve earned it.
Thanks Seba, looking forward to these shows! Stay tuned for a follow up later this month on ThirtySeventhGU.