“LKYM’s sound is a fresh daring slice of growling haunted jazzy blues rock…he is one of music’s revelations.” – The Huffington Post
LKYM is a Los Angeles based band led by Yonatan Elkayam. It isn’t only his height and demeanor that give Yonatan a flair of intensity; his attitude and approach in living the life as a songwriter/artist make him just as resolute. Yonatan’s current state of focus on marketing and distribution has taken main stage in preparation for the release of 4 songs; which will comprise of music videos, behind the scenes, remixes and live recordings released over the course of a year. Yonatan writes emotional and complex songs about most basic things in life; including love, sex, death, addiction, and family. His unique blend of psychedelic bluesy rock has been often compared to Tom Waits and Howlin’ Wolf singing Leonard Cohen songs with Mingus playing in the band Morphine. Besides writing and performing his new material Yonatan works endlessly as an artist, curator, collaborator, composer, producer, and engineer. He has worked with some of the music businesses finest, from John Cale of The Velvet Underground to War’s Lonnie Jordan courtesy of his work at Radio Recorders.
Over the past couple of years his live performances have become a “one of a kind” performance making him a staple in the LA music scene. 2015 brought Yonatan some more exposure as KCRW’s Anne Litt began playing “Monster” on rotation. As things became more solidified for Yonatan 2017 had been an incredible breakthrough year focused on three music videos to be released in the spring of 2018. The refining of a clear and focused sound has developed tenfolds with Léo Costa (Sergio Mendes), Adam Zimmon (Ziggy Marley), and David Urquidi (formerly of War). The sound is raw and sexy, strong yet vulnerable. A true rarity in the LA music scene, this band is a must see. Stay tuned, it’s dialed in and ready to take you on a journey. In Tel Aviv he will be joined by Moran Baron, Omri Skop and Ran Levanon.
“Playing with LKYM you’re gonna learn something about yourself, and you’re gonna learn something about the musicians you are playing with; you’re gonna push your own boundaries, and you are gonna challenge yourself. It’s gives everyone an opportunity to be themselves and find out what they are capable of, remembering why you are a musician in the first place.”
–Michael Jerome Moore
(Better than Ezra, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Cale)
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