With their influence growing across Atlanta as one of the most prominent Latinx expression acts in the city, the band Yukons is taking the DIY scene by storm. Jose Izaguirre (guitar/vocals), Han Lenkey (bass/vocals), and Danielle Dollar (drums) form a trio that can’t be questioned. Jose utilizes his platform as lead vocalist to highlight many social issues that he’s passionate about. His parents immigrated from Venezuela before he was born, and as he has grown, the political climate of Venezuela has spiraled the South American country into a highly dangerous and depraved place. Singing in both English and Spanish, Jose relates his experiences as a Venezuelan person living in America to other Spanish speakers and voices important social messages that he hopes non-latinx Americans can learn from and improve by. Spots had the opportunity to host their very first Q&A in the app. Here are the highlights:
How much did you question your sanity on your first tour around the US?
“I like how that was when Han questioned her sanity when, for me, singing every word to Colors of the Wind confirmed mine for myself.” –Danielle
When did you realize that being musicians is what y’all wanted to do? Was there a singular moment?
“I realized I wanted to be a rock started at a young age, I once told my eighth-grade math class that I aspired to be that. They all laughed at me and I vowed to avenge my pride and prove them all wrong. That’s what Yukons is to me.” –Han
What has been your favorite moment or experience as a band?
“Our release show at 529 was the most fun I have ever had as a musician. it was so surreal to sell out the venue and have a mob of people pushing each other around to our songs and even singing some of the lyrics. A crazy time that made us so proud to be part of this.” –Han
How would you describe Latinx music to someone who has never heard of it?
“If you mean Yukons’ specific latinx expression, I’d describe it as an English- Spanish conscious theme of exposing a side of the story that is often considered as the “other.” It’s less about the sound and more about being a latinx individual who has the right to express in general.” -José
Who’s your biggest fan?
“Our biggest fans are our parents who support us endlessly.” –Han
Is there a song that’s more enjoyable to perform than the rest?
“I think I enjoyed performing ‘Clockwerk’ the most, because of how locked in we can become and also for the bridge. Han and I have a thing where we always look at each other and right before the bridge starts no matter what, just to establish an official, ‘let’s do this’ before.” –Danielle
“I love laying Abajo Cadenas. The bass part is particularly fun to play and I love jumping around and stuff.” –Han
What’s your favorite venue you’ve ever performed at?
“My favorite venue actually is the Earl because of their hospitality and the sound is really tight. That’s where our show is tomorrow.” –Han
How did you guys meet?
“Han and I met in high school and went years without seeing each other until Jose and I met through the music scene separately and we decided to join forces to perform some demos he had made the summer of 2016.” –Danielle
What do you think strengthens a community of artists the most?
“To me, what strengthens a community of artists is common interest and consistency in attending to that. Yukons is always on the grind because we can’t stop, won’t stop, and don’t know how to stop.” –Han
In one word, what do you wish to give yourself and to others through Yukons and your own expression?
“Liberation for individuals who may not have a voice right now to express themselves, to non-male musicians who aren’t represented and may be afraid to go for it in music or art.” –Danielle
If you could transform your songs into a house, what would the house look like and where would it be?
“Figurative question, figurative answer: If I could make my songs into a house, it would be located somewhere between Venezuela and the US. it would be a place with a beautiful and diverse landscape but tucked away safely from crime. It would be a place with my Venezuelan people but with better education and resources and so on. A place with the best of both of these worlds that I am split between. I don’t know what it would be like, much like in the songwriting process, I usually have no idea what my songs will sound like. I always know what they will be about and how I feel and what I long for. Sorry for the deep.” –Han
Name a venue you hope to play at one day.
“A venue I would love to play one day is the Tabernacle- for sure. Growing up in Atlanta and seeing some of my favorite shows there, it would be a very important milestone and it only makes sense.” –Danielle