New York via Seoul producer Kathy Yaeji Lee released her debut EP last week titled, Yaeji. Today she shares the video for single “Feel It Out”, which premiered on The Fader. Directed by the dependably trippy Anthony Sylvester, the video features dancing pineapples, showers that turn themselves on and off, and a bemused Yaeji taking it all in. “Feel It Out” is a song about living in different cultures – an experience that Yaeji understands firsthand from splitting time between Seoul and New York her entire life. For Yaeji, songs are private moments in public spaces. Home is neither here nor there, but somewhere inside of her.
Upcoming hybrid DJ dates and bio below.
4/15 @ Hot Mass – Pittsburgh, PA
(w/ Viers and Max McFerren)
4/21 @ Cape House Basement – New York, NY
(w/ Kieran Loftus, Shornsetin, NK Badtz Maru)
5/13 – Le Bain – New York, NY
Yaeji is Kathy Yaeji Lee, a 23-year-old producer who splits time between Seoul and New York but can’t call either home. She was born in Queens, but her Korean immigrant parents fretted over her becoming too Americanized. They relocated to Atlanta briefly, then back to South Korea, then Yaeji came back to New York. Memory is fuzzy, and with that, a sense of belonging – Yaeji sings about that on “New York 93,” her first official release.
Yaeji’s debut EP, Yaeji, out March 31 2017 on Godmode, is dance music in cadence and spirit. Even when the tempo shifts down, you don’t listen to these songs so much as live through them. Yaeji sings in a hushed whisper, as if only to herself. It’s barely pitched, gently whistling, sliding between English and Korean words in the same verse. You’re so close, right there with her – then so far away again.
Yaeji joined Godmode in the beginning of 2016. Her first releases “New York 93” and “Guap” came out to support from Pitchfork, NPR, RBMA, Dummy, and Spotify. As a DJ, she has had a year of regular appearances on the New York club circuit at Bossa Nova Civic Club, China Chalet, The Lot, and Discwoman parties. She is also an accomplished visual artist; Oberlin College hosted a show of her new works in March.