Yopo is always one step ahead of the curve. His work at Clone Records ensures that but what stands him apart is what he does with that musical knowledge: he can either melt minds with his club-ready DJ sets of house, techno and electro, or when on the radio, hosting a stream or playing a heady listening session he will lay out experimental ambient trips full of narrative and steeped in musical research. Within each of these two distinctive sound worlds, there are no limits to where he might go.
Yopo’s sounds work best in the close confines of a small and cosy club with a crowd that has an open mind. Two such places that afford him the freedom he needs are Operator Radio in his native Rotterdam where he hosts his ongoing Vault of Glass show, and Future Intel in The Hague where, as a resident until April 2022, he showcased his Yopo & Timaeus Explore AV show. It was an enthralling audio-visual experimentation in alternative storytelling and world-building. Outside of this, he is a regular at places like Mono, Weelde, Wibar and Poing.
“Music is a red thread through my life,” says Yopo, who played the drums as a kid before swapping them for turntables and a mixer. At the same time, his love of collecting vinyl started, as did his passion for graphic design, which has also defined his life ever since. He went on to study at the Art Academy in Rotterdam and now he finds that music and design are forever intertwined; forever feeding into one another and inspiring different perspectives.
As a producer, Yopo loves to create soundtracks. His cinematic and widescreen sounds result in scores for moving imagery and video that also move your emotions. His broad range of productions extend to jingles for radio shows, art installations and 3D generated world-building videos which always make an indelible mark. In unison with his cultured musical selections, they prove Yopo is an artist with plenty to say and more than the skills to say it.