When the word YACHT is 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.

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We 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’ve lovingly referred to as the Western American Utopian Triangle.

We’ve made six full-length albums of music and a handful of singles, the bulk of which have been released by DFA Records. The previous releases were released by Portland boutique labels Marriage Records, and States Rights Records. Both of which acted as an incubator for artists including Lucky Dragons, Jib Kidder, White Fang, and more. Our last LP was released by Downtown Records.

YACHT started as Jona’s solo venture in 2002, only to double in size when Claire joined in 2008. Since 2010 YACHT’s live performances have included our very best friend Bobby Birdman as a player, collaborator, and irreplaceable addition 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 M83.

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. Claire is a writer and science fiction editor, and her work is all over the internet. Start Googling and you’ll find lots more seemingly unrelated projects and ephemera. It’s all related.

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THEY SAY

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
PitchforkBest New Music “A triumph”
“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
Refinery 29“Calling YACHT Simply A ‘Band’ Is Reductive…YACHT Are Explorers, Designers, Builders, Writers, Visual Artists, Activists, & Entrepreneurs”
“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
Billboard“Dreamy pop tracks that sound like artifacts from another planet”
“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