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“Genre-Fluid” Musician Yola on Mining Her Subconscious

“It’s really important for me to be distracting my prefrontal cortex.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to the multitalented singer/songwriter Yola. In the interview Yola breaks down her songwriting process from the first seed of an idea to the final product. She also discusses her forthcoming album, Stand for Myself, and the collaborative work that went into it.

After the interview Isaac and co-host June Thomas marvel at Yola’s intuitive songwriting style.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Yola talks about her musical influences and her upcoming tour.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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