Kevin Yost was a musical child, who at a very early age demonstrated a keen sense of rhythm. This quickly grew into a love of playing drums and soon after keys. Listening to his father's Chuck Mangione records, his love of music continued to grow throughout his youth. Yet his small rural farm town in Waynesboro, PA USA had no outlets to develop a child’s skill thus he turned to self-instruction over formal education.
The spark of jazz music was lit inside Kevin at this young age; however growing up in the early 80's, he soon gathered an affinity for the burgeoning electronic music scene. At age eleven Kevin started DJing with a cheap set of turntables and a mixer he got for Christmas. His skills quickly refined as he met an older friend who introduced him to beat mixing. He began to play school dances and other partie. He saved money from his gigs and slowly put together a home studio. By the time he was fourteen years old he purchased a drum machine, a keyboard, and sequencer.
Propelled by this new ability to create, at the age of seventeen Kevin decided to attend Berkley College of Music. He later went on to Shenandoah Conservatory. His main areas of study were music composition and percussion. As a result of this formal training, his early childhood bonds with jazz were reaffirmed, but his love of DJing and electronic music still remained. By the time he left school he had all the tools needed to work in many different genres. His first concept was to combine all of his interests and create a jazz/electronic fusion that could be played by a DJ.
At age 23 he took this on as his initial solo project and in 1995 eager to let others hear his first creations he sent out demo tapes to various independent labels. Out of this grew an affiliation with New Jersey's i! Records. This new team effort between the label and Kevin developed into many releases including his groundbreaking album "One Starry Night". Unlike anything ever done before it's percussive jazz electronic fusion was met with open arms as it went on to sell over 50,000 units worldwide.
This caught the ear of many major labels, which enlisted Kevin to work with artists such as Eric Clapton, Everything but the Girl, the Kodo Drummers, and Cirque de Soleil. Over the past eight years Kevin has released over 70 vinyl records and a mixture of CDs. His success has flourished both as a producer and a DJ, traveling to many different countries and playing some of the world's most respected venues and festivals. This year Kevin has again challenged himself and endeavored to create a completely live show under taking the orchestration of a full band. Appearing in 2004 will be The Kevin Yost Group, a six person group that will be touring throughout Europe this summer.
Looking For Love - Karen Ramirez - MCA - 2001
KY Vinyl Releases:
Drum Core 2004
Groove Garden 2004
KY Funk & Stuff 2003
Bongo Madness 2003
Greek Fantasy 2003
Midnight Today 2003
KY Funk & Stuff 2 Sampler 2003
Spanish Side Step ep. 2003
Turn Around ( Peter Funk) 2003
Busy People Remix 2003
One Starry Night 2003
Puzzle People 2003
Another World Remixes 2003
Do You Love Me 2003
Stronger Love 2002
Close To My Skin (Remixes) 2002
Blow Your Mind 2002
Move Your Mind 2002
Future Flasback 2002
Hypnotic Progressions Album 2002
7th Heaven 2000
In The Spirit 2000
Do You Belive In Me - Peter Funk 2000
Sister EP 1999
Another World 1999
Spring Again 1999
Night of a Thousand Drums, Pt. 2 1999
Euphonic - Adventures in The Light 1998
STP feat. Kevin Yost - Lingo 1998
One Starry Night EP 1998
The Peter Funk EP 1997
Night of a Thousand Drums EP 199