Meet Leland Yonkers a.k.a. Yonkers, 22 years old from Austin, TX -
“I just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Right now, I'm currently working 2 jobs this summer and transitioning to adult life while deciding on a career path. I love to DJ and produce music. I started DJ'ing about a year ago and have been making mixes and playing shows ever since, while working on my brand. I recently have started producing and will continue to pursue my career as an artist. I go by my last name, Yonkers.”
When & why did you make your playlist?
I made it about 3 years ago when I was just getting into the harder styles of electronic music. I have always listened to metal since becoming a teenager and found that many styles of electronic music embraced that abrasive and high energy sound that I was looking for.
Perfect situation(s) for jamming your playlist include:
At the gym lifting some heavy weights, doing long distance cardio outside, or sprint circuits. It would also be a good pregame playlist for a show or festival!
What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
I listened to a lot of metal and rock in middle school.
What was the best concert you’ve ever attended and why?
Kayzo Unleashed Tour in Houston earlier this year! It was a great fusion of hard rock music and heavy electronic music. It featured the music I grew up listening to plus the music of my childhood, all under one roof. I love hardstyle and hardcore, and there was plenty of that.
First concert you attended?
Rockstar [Energy Drink] Uproar Festival 2010! It was Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and some other great hard rock bands.
Last concert you attended?
I actually just played a show last night in Austin! It was called Interchange.
Who are your all-time favorite artists and why?
Oh man, that's tough. Angerfist, Kayzo, Dither, Gammer, Darren Styles, Svdden Death, Skrillex, Seven Lions, Kaskade, Virtual Self, Audiofreq, Bring Me The Horizon, Thy Art is Murder, Periphery, Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Mastodon, Opeth, Circa Survive, No Mana, Skeler, Eric Prydz, and I'm definitely forgetting so many more. Music should have no boundaries and I feel like these artists exemplify that.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time -
Crack The Skye by Mastodon
Name a song(s) you have listened to on repeat –
Dirty Talk by Distinction
PLUME by Skeler
Louder by Gommi
Wompum (Macky Gee Remix) by Barely Alive
Front to Back by ALRT