YACHT has played at the Jackpot a few times by now — in 2007, when the band was just Jona Bechtolt; in 2009, after Claire L. Evans joined; and most recently, on March 2, with a full band. YACHT, created in Portland, Ore., and now based in Los Angeles, calls themselves a band, a belief system, and a business.

After all these years, they’ve stayed active online and frequently engage with their fans on social media. With a simple Instagram comment and Twitter follow-up, they agreed to meet with Lawrence photographer extraordinaire Jessica Sain-Baird to talk about their band, utopias, dystopias, and the origin of their band name (for the record, it’s shorthand for “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”).

YACHT interview and show at the Jackpot in Lawrence, Kansas from Jessica Sain-Baird on Vimeo.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

1 Comment

  • Ross, April 29, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    This guy (Jona) gloated in an interview a few years ago about how he pirated all of the software he uses to produce/write his music. There’s an open letter from Audio Damage to him on the Ableton forums. You should read the letter if you’re interested in what all Jona said and how they went about resolving (sort of?) the situation.


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