YZ is Younes Zarhoni’s moniker to create a highly personal blend of Sufi mysticism and electronic music. His powerful voice sings medieval Arabic poems on top of acid-like electronics and beats. Music led him towards a deepened identity in which beauty, freedom and spiritualism is more dominant than culture, background and the place where you’ve been born. In November he will release his debut 10” on Lexi Disque, and he will conclude the Saturday of the Eastern Daze festival in Ghent. We met him at the always cosy Brasserie Verschueren, in the center of hipster Sint-Gilles.
Tell me something about the co-joined release by Lexi Disques and Pneu Records.
They were recorded last January. I have written 5 to 6 tracks, which I used to play as defined pieces with an e
You told me earlier that as a kid you use to sing in Arabic ensembles.
When I was 6 years, I started singing in mosques, I learned singing the Qur’an. You can recite it, but you can also sing it. It’s a disciplin
Because you were seen as an exotic part?
No, not really. The music started to lean towards world music. Maybe we never managed to create a sound that transcended the clichés of it.
How you feel the