YACHT is an American band from Portland, Oregon, Marfa, Texas, and Los Angeles, CA. The core group consists of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans , but expands to include musicians Rob "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky and Katy Davidson as touring members.
YACHT (also printed as 'Y△CHT', 'Y▲CHT') has released albums on States Rights Records, Marriage Records, and DFA Records. Jona Bechtolt chose the name YACHT in reference to Y.A.C.H.T., an alternative school in Portland, Oregon. Bechtolt told SPIN Magazine "It stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology. It refers to an education program that was held in Portland, Oregon. I was enrolled when I was 16, back in 1996." YACHT was the solo project of Jona Bechtolt from 2002–2008. During this period, he released three albums, Super Warren MMIV, Mega, and I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, on record labels in the Pacific Northwest area.
In January 2006, YACHT was commissioned for two performances for the New York based art and technology platform Rhizome, as part of their "Crap-tops vs Laptops" show. In February 2006, YACHT performed at the Museum of Modern Art's P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and produced an hour-long internet radio program with Clear Cut Press; a Northwest-based publisher of new literary work. In April 2006, the Aurora Picture Show commissioned a YACHT performance as part of their Media Archeology Festival in Houston, Texas.
For the 2007 release of I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real on Marriage Records, Bechtolt performed a concert on an actual yacht on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. In October the same year YACHT played at one of China's earliest music festivals, Yue, organised by Split Works.
Live performances during this period included dancing along to music as well as elaborate PowerPoint presentations. ClearartWide ThumbFanart Banner User Comments