East Eden is a funk, soul, and hip-hop duo comprised of Ori Johnson, a lyricist and multi-instrumentalist with a background in funk and hip-hop, and Carolina Kohn, a multilingual vocal artist, and a piano and guitar player. They start doing music together during the pandemic. East Eden’s main influences are Amy Winehouse, Sly, and the Family Stone, Vulfpeck, Kanye West, Gil Scott-Heron, Kids these Days, and Lauren Hill. They’ve already recorded several tracks, that are going to be released in the next months (stay tuned!!). Last October East Eden released their first single “WEST NOD”, born from inspiration from their surroundings and experiences. “It started with our love for music, then our love for each other and now we’ve blossomed into a music making machine!“
YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.
EAST EDEN: We started as an acoustic duo. At first, we were just friends making music together. Now we are engaged and working on our first full length album!
YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
EAST EDEN: We are a Funk/Pop/Hip-Hop group. Both of us sing and play multiple instrumentalists, so we build our tracks from the ground up with as many strings, keys and horns as we can.
YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far?
EAST EDEN: Some of our main influences include Amy Winehouse, Sly and the Family Stone, Vulfpeck, Gil Scott-Heron, Kids These Days, and Lauren Hill.
YMX: You just released “WEST NOD”. Could you tell us how the project came about?
EAST EDEN: Our single ‘west nod’ was written and recorded by the both of us on our way out to Cali. Our goal was to record all over the country with our ‘pop up’ studio, drawing inspiration from our surroundings and experiences. Yori recorded the bass and horns in New York. Carolina laid down the vocals and drums in Virginia. Yori’s verse took form in Tennessee. We pieced it all together in Utah. About a week later we shot the music video in Joshua Tree and L.A.
YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, especially for musicians such as yourselves with the absence of performing live. How have you been coping this year?
EAST EDEN: It has definitely been a difficult transition. Both of us were working steadily as musicians in New York before our summer gigs started to cancel on us one by one. But without live shows to focus on, we were able to refine our sound and focus on production. At our core, we’re both songwriters, and it has been amazing to have the time to focus on that aspect of music.
YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?
EAST EDEN: It’s really both, isn’t it? Both of us have been performing since we were children, so live shows are the most fulfilling form of self-expression there is. But connecting with your fans on the ground level, and to be able to personally thank them for their support, is invaluable. It really helps you leave a lasting impression.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? in terms of releases, live streams, gigs?
EAST EDEN: We are looking forward to releasing a few more singles before our album release next year. This time around, we had the privilege to cut a couple of live tracks at Cloud Studios in Tucson. We’re looking forward to giving you guys a clear picture of the album we’re working on, and the next couple of singles are really gonna define our sound!