Yacht

Bio

When the letters YACHTare put together in sequence and printed in caps, it creates a shorthand code of sorts that means:

JONA BECHTOLT
and
CLAIRE L. EVANS

…are performing and making music, as well as objects, events, texts, video, products, websites, and other miscellaneous things.

We currently live in Los Angeles, California, but we both grew up in Portland, Oregon, and consider Marfa, Texas to be our “spiritual home.” These three places come together to form what we lovingly refer to as the Western American Utopian Triangle.

We’ve made five full-length albums of music, the two most recent of which were released on the wonderful DFA Records. The two previous albums were released on a label called Marriage Records, which has now transitioned into a contemporary art museum in Portland, Oregon. Our first album was released on States Rights Records, an incubator for music like White Rainbow, Lucky Dragons, Jib Kidder, and more.

In 2002 YACHT started as Jona’s solo venture, only to double in size when Claire joined in 2008. You should’ve seen the ceremony, it was beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, since 2010 YACHT’s live performances have included our very best friends Bobby Birdman and Jeffrey Jerusalem as players, collaborators, and irreplaceable additions to the enterprise.

In every form–solo, duo, and band–YACHT has been incredibly fortunate to tour around the world with bands that very well could be the reason you’ve even heard of YACHT. Some of our favorite tour mates have been: LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip, Architecture in Helsinki, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, and Chairlift.

We’ve been privileged to make remixes for Snoop Dogg, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Neon Indian,Stereolab, RATATAT, Classixx, and many more. We love making these.

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