Popular tags: electronic, ambient, chillout, downtempo, experimental, progressive electronica, psychill, psybient, instrumental, indietronica, psychedelic
The musician behind the electronic artistry of Yuminale is Deane Holmes. His awareness and love of music started at a very early age from mainly what was heard on the radio. It seemed that the more psychedelic and trippy it sounded, the more he liked it. Early influences included The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Cream, Traffic, Genesis, Jethro Tull and many others. At six he got a drum set and by the time he was eight he was performing solo on stage. In his teens he became involved in local bands playing both bass and keys and acquired his first synth, a monophonic Korg, in the mid 70's. After being in bands throughout high school and college, he began to write, took a recording course at a local studio and studied bass privately with David Santoro and piano and composition with Garry Dial. He then attended Conservatory for theory and record production, though mostly learning recording on his own. While still the bassist in a band that was playing out several times a week in NY and CT, he started putting together a studio for recording his own song demos.
After forming White Leaf Music in 1989, it was full-fledged songwriter mode including writing, recording and song shopping with regular trips to NYC and to Bleeker St. After quitting live performance in 1992, the following year saw a full-lengthed Aerobic Music release. Interspersed with writing and recording song demos and selling his first release were studio sessions with different artists along with recording and producing a few of them in the process. In 2000 after the mid to latter half of the 90's were spent creating music and audio for the emerging field of multimedia, Deane finally started to find his voice musically. It was around this time that he put together a few songs left over from multimedia projects and along with several new ones put them out as the group Yuminale (pronounced "you-min-al"). This was in the days of Mp3.com and due to an overwhelming positive response and some radio airtime, he decided to continue it. Hence was the start of Yuminale and its self-titled debut in 2001.
He states: “It took me a very long time to find exactly where to go musically. I totally gave up on anything with vocals, and didn't have the proper space or desire for loud drums and guitars. I didn't want to join a band again and certainly didn't want to tour. There was so much music out there in those days that I didn't have easy access to. When I was pitching songs in the early 90's, I kept seeing requests for something similar to Aphex Twin and the Sneaker Pimps. I did manage to find the Sneaker Pimps, and although I kept it in the back of my mind, I didn't get to find who or what Aphex Twin was, and I wish I knew earlier. The last thing that I thought Aphex Twin involved was a guy doing electronic music. The closest thing, prior to then, to the music I create now would be Tangerine Dream. Everyone knew them because of their soundtracks in popular movies. And then there was Jean Michel Jarre whom my keyboardist from the early 80's introduced me to, but I never even thought of doing something like that at that time since I was still playing bass in a band. After I was doing instrumental only music for projects, I ran across William Orbit and others who were solo musicians creating all instrumental and all electronic music, so that seemed to be the logical fit for me. Finally it clicked!! Some might have no clue as to what I'm speaking of, but I was brought up hearing whatever was on the radio, and if it wasn't in your local department store or in later years a record store, or if your friends didn't introduce you to it, you wouldn't even know it existed. I was a rock musician at heart, brought up hearing pop on the radio, trained in pop, went to a Conservatory for traditional Jazz, and played everything in bands from Duke Ellington to Cheap Trick. I knew more of what I did not want to play more than where to go next. Nowadays, I can hear anything from a hugely vast world of inspiring artists. And... also go back to the past and hear things that I remember from my childhood and things that I've missed along the way."
Yuminale's music has been described as unique and original and encompasses several genres, though usually containing an underlying electronic theme of which would include electronica, ambient, progressive electronica, psychedelic, experimental, IDM, psybient, chill, psychill and downtempo. Styles and ideas change from album to album and from song to song and will most likely continue in that tradition in the future.