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 and a handful of singles, the bulk of which have been released by the wonderful DFA Records. The previous releases were on a label called Marriage Records. Our first album was released on States Rights Records, an incubator for music by the likes of Lucky Dragons, White Rainbow, Jib Kidder, and more.

YACHT started as Jona’s solo venture in 2002, 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 Brodsky as players, collaborators, and irreplaceable additions to the enterprise.

In all its incarnations, YACHT has been incredibly fortunate to tour around the world both alone and with bands that may well have introduced you to us. Some of our favorite tourmates have been: LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip, Architecture in Helsinki, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, and Chairlift.

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

We’re usually up to something, and it’s not always music. We have a line of sunglasses. We built an app, called 5 Every Day, that tells you five interesting things to do in Los Angeles every day (spoiler: they’re all things we love). Claire is a writer and science-fiction editor, and her work is all over the Internet, at places like Motherboard, VICE, and Grantland. Start Googling and you’ll find lots more seemingly unrelated projects and ephemera.

Enough about us, how are you?

PRESS QUOTES

PAPERMAG“YACHT’s not just music, it’s a way of life”
“Remix specialists with a canny knack for concept”The New York Times
Rolling Stone“Precisely programmed digital ear candy”
“Irresistible hooks & beat-heavy laptop wizardry”NPR
Billboard“Dreamy pop tracks that sound like artifacts from another planet”
“Brainy & block-rocking rarely coexist like this”Entertainment Weekly
The New Yorker“Artisanal cotton candy: one part Tom Tom Club, one part Yoko Ono”
“A blazing pop package…genius”Dazed and Confused
Gawker“The first song I heard in 2013 that I fell in love with”
“Being indie rock’s Timbaland ain’t easy”VIBE Magazine
Teen Vogue“When it comes to summer soundtracks, it doesn’t get much better than YACHT”
“The propelling beats & the catchy repetitive mantras are irresistible”Vanity Fair
PitchforkBest New Music “A triumph”
“Dancing & thinking at the same time—that’s their thing”The Village Voice
Variety“A more modern take on Suicide, Sonic Youth, Bush Tetras & ESG”
“DFA’s weirdest band”CMJ