Ten months after popular indie music YouTube channel alona chemerys featured his song “Cuz You’re My Girl” (which has close to 3 million views), Yung Heazy has finally released the music video. The visual finds the Vancouver singer-songwriter making magazine cut out collages, going on a dinner date with himself, chasing after a girl on the rainy Vancouver streets and jamming with his band. The video ends off with Heazy urging viewers to “call him on the cell phone” because he’s “the one.”
Yung Heazy actually wrote the song on February 13 last year for his girlfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift. The song was uploaded to Soundcloud under the moniker Yung Heazy. The track went on to amass million of streams. Yung Heazy will drop his debut LP Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less on June 1st. He will then embark on a six week North American trek in support of the project.
We linked up with the talented one-man-band to speak on his unique song and why he thinks it got so big. We also speak on Vancouver’s music scene, what he thinks of the label “bedroom pop,” his biggest influences and what he’s working on right now. Watch the video above and learn about Yung Heazy below.
Who are you?
Hi my name is Jordan Heaney, also known as Yung Heazy. I write and record music in my parents basement in Vancouver, BC.
How’s the music scene in Vancouver like?
Our underground scene is I think better then what it is perceived to be, especially the all-ages crowd. Some of the craziest shows I’ve ever been to have been at house parties or random hole-in-the-wall venues held up by the craziest groups of people who promote these shows every night. My ex-roommate James Barrington runs two all age’s venues in Vancouver right now and they are (in my biased opinion) the best places to play – or at least the most fun to see a show. There are also so many incredible bands breaking out of the scene I’ve had the luxury to play with, such as Highland Eyeway, The Jins, Winona Forever, Resurrection Committee, Sh*tlordf*ckerman, Hermit, Jo Passed, The Pretty’s – just to name a few. Really cool stuff is happening here and I’m glad to be a part of it.
This new wave of indie music has been labeled as “bedroom pop.” Do you like this term and do you mind being grouped into the genre?
I think it’s fine, I don’t really have an opinion on it. It could have been called anything. I’m okay about being grouped together with other artists that share that label. I think a lot of them are very talented and are making cool music. I don’t think it reflects the sound as much as it describes the circumstance around production, which is to say a lot of this music is lo-fi and sounds like it was made in your bedroom (or in my case, my parents basement.)
What’s the story behind “Cuz You’re My Girl” and why do you think so many people vibe with it?
I started writing it in Australia when I was visiting my girlfriend, Ali – I think it was because I was listening to so much Ariel Pink and wanted a hook synonymous with the verse in “White Freckles.” I decided months later (the day before Valentine’s Day) that I would take a crack at recording it and present it to her as a gift. I wrote a lot of the song on the spot; the guitar solo was one take and a lot of the lyrics were improvised. Maybe that’s why people like it? I didn’t have any ambitions for the song; I just wanted to make something true and honest to share between two people – I guess people can sense that? I think the recording is super loose but that’s what’s cool about it. It’s not perfect, it’s not to be taken too seriously.
Who are your biggest influences?
My “holy trinity” is John Frusciante, Thom Yorke and Julian Casablancas. They help me wake up in the morning and I get the most turned on creatively listening to these guys. For this upcoming record, however, I think Father John Misty, Arctic Monkeys, Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink are the biggest influences.
What are you currently working on?
I’m dropping “Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less” June 1st and going on tour through North America this May. See you soon! I have about five dozen songs I’m working on right now so expect my quadruple album out sometime next year.