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, which has now transformed into a contemporary art museum in Portland, Oregon. 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.

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 full-band—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 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.

Enough about us, how are you?

Watch the brand-new music video for our song “Plastic Soul” in collaboration with JASH:

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