On The Next: Young Clancy

Meet Young Clancy, the Yung Prince Of The Basement and Toronto native. Young Clancy’s recent 3 track EP “Yung Prince of the Basement” caught me off-guard at first, packaged with a photograph of Clancy awkwardly starring up a flight of stairs, I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt intrigued and compelled to dive into the project. Filled with elements of R&B, an abundance of electronic tones and Young Clancy’s vocals, you find a formula for a gravitating unique sound - it’s been on repeat for a hot minute. With all tracks written, produced and performed by Young Clancy, it’s a project that’s innovative and still current.

What would you like people to know about yourself? 

 “I mean well.”

If you could choose a film and track that describes you, what would they be? 

“Midnight Cowboy is a favourite - specifically when Ratso has his crazy fantasy about his life with Jon Voight in Florida -  he's running on the beach, and all these old ladies are calling his name from their condo balconies, this amaz funny music is playing  - that’s how I feel most of the time - daydreaming like that. As far as the track, I would say “Dirty Work” by Steely Dan because I’m a fool to do it and I don’t wanna do it no more. I just rediscovered this track and I listen to it every day. Steely Dan is my big discovery this year - I should be a goddamn A&R.”

Why do you create?

“To me, there’s only a few things that combat the notion that life really means nothing and we’re all gonna die alone etc etc.. and one of them is making music.”

“Yung Prince of the Basement is the culmination of an extended period of aimlessness in my life. I’m proud of it. I think the tracks are great (though I feel I have better ones). But I’m mostly proud to have created this musical identity - with parts of myself and what I wanted to be - where before there was none. Though it’s only three songs it’s been a long quest. I worked hard on the demos - got them as poppin’ as I could with very limited mixing ability. Later I would take the demos to Dave Plowman’s studio - I worked with him and Gray Rowan to make the tracks strong and healthy - able to survive in this world on their own. Then we just sat on them for a while until the right time.”

Name the one place where you feel most creative? 

“I feel very creative on the move - like on the subway or walking around - just being in the world. In the studio, that’s mostly drudgery. But outside ideas just come to you and they’re all like beautiful new born babies full of potential.”

What accumulation of influences made you the artist that you are now?

“As far as production - Kanye, J Dilla, Jai Paul and James Blake. And as far as songwriting Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean. Also s/o to my Mom and Dad who are great artists and also my piano teacher Brian Sexton - we did it!”

Choose any era you like - what would you bring back from that time? 

“I would go back to 8 or so years ago and bring back Amy. (When you save someone from their impending doom using time-travel you’re automatically first name basis).”

What would you like to see next for your career? 

“Just trying to put out more music, get better.”

As Young Clancy's career unfolds, you can stay in the loop by following him on Twitter @youngclance, Insta @young.clancy and SoundCloud.