All music producers who win a Flash Beat competition get a blog dedicated to them! This blog features YoKuzin, the winner of our Teenage Pop Land Remix Competition . YoKuzin has been in several P5Audio competitions and he has placed several times and has always been a favorite here at P5.
Jazz Evans AKA YoKuzin was born with the passion for music. As a child, his family surrounded him with the wonderful sounds of soulful R&B and Blues from the 70’s and 80’s. He looked up to his uncle in Jackson, TN who was a DJ that used to create wonderful mixtapes back in the early 80’s and also was very great at creating graphics and graffiti. Because of that, he was introduced to hip hop and a lifelong fascination with art . He also had a cousin who was and still is a very great musician and producer that he looks up to til this day. He used to enjoy watching him create music in his studio.
At about the age of 10, he fell in love with hip hop so much that he wanted to be a part of it by writing his own rap songs. His mother had a large collection of records to which he would make instrumentals to rap on by creating loops using his turntable/cassette recorder. In 1996, he moved from Florence, AL to Stone Mountain, GA and met a guy that played the guitar on stage with some of the greatest blues artist and had fascinating stories to tell. That guy introduced him to his studio which had an Ensoniq ESQ-1, Boss 550 drum machine, and a 4 track cassette recorder. It was a dream come true for him at that time to make music, record a song, and actually listen to it in his vehicle.
As part of a growing experience, he developed a variety of different styles of beats that we’re unheard of at that time. He would soon have more passion for creating music than writing lyrics. Searching for a unique name to call himself, he started out calling himself Big Joka as a rapper, but later changed to YoKuzin. Being around this guy is like being around a close family member. Due to his ear for music, today he is developing himself in plenty of genres other than hip hop. Be on the watch for YoKuzin.
Check out his winning beat here: