Today we’d like to introduce you to Yannick Duyck.
Hi Yannick, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My story starts off across the world. I was born in Kenya to a Belgian father, Rwandan mother and spent the majority of my childhood in Uganda. I attended the American International school there which opened so many doors for me. I was able to meet people from all walks of life and learn about different cultures. This is where my passion for music started to develop. I learnt about the basics of music production, got into DJ-ing and helped the school build its first recording studio. I say recording studio but it was just a room with a computer, some speakers and a recording software! After high school, I decided to move to the UK to study Business Management where I continued to DJ at local bars and nightclubs in my spare time. School eventually took over my life and I had to put music on the back burner for a couple of years. Before I knew it, I was working a finance job I didn’t like so I decided to drop everything and continue to pursue a career in music, which brought me to Los Angeles to study Music Production.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I definitely came across a lot of obstacles along the way. Some obstacles almost made it impossible to continue pursuing a career in music but it was all part of the journey. Leaving my friends and family for an uncertain life was unquestionably the hardest to overcome. I’ve always found a form of comfort in being uncomfortable so I always felt like moving to a new place and getting out of my comfort zone was the best thing for me to do. I also moved to Los Angeles a couple of months before the pandemic started which definitely took a toll on me. Not being able to network and having to take classes remotely for months with no end in sight almost made me regret my decision to move here. But I considered myself a resilient person and decided to push through it and use all the time I had locked away at home to learn more about music production and work on my craft.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I currently produce music for independent artists both here in the US and back home in Uganda. I predominantly specialize in Hip Hop, R&B and Afrobeats but I like to experiment with different genres as well so I might venture out into some more electronic sounds. I’ve also been working as a freelance audio editor and engineer for independent filmmakers and media companies in my spare time. I really enjoy blending elements of different genres together to, in a way, create my own sound. I love making hip hop beats that are influenced by African or Afro-Latino drums. I feel like it represents who I am as a person, exhibits my multi-cultural background and sets me apart from the crowd.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m always on the lookout for artists and different creatives looking to create amazing content! Whether that be music or some other art form. I love meeting people that are passionate about their work so I’m open to any and all connections! Either by sending me a message on social media or interacting with the content on my website.
- Website: https://prodbyyd.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ydsgram_/?hl=en
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/prodyd