Meet the delicately grave, and meteoric, Rhaina Yasmin, who evokes shrieking nostalgia and melancholy through hook filled Indie Alternative Rock. The Las Vegas based singer-songwriter and guitarist heavily involves herself in the local music scene, performing at notorious venues, and sharing earnest emotions within the community. Incorporating evocative lyricism and dancing guitars, Rhaina sets out to release new music this coming year.
How long have you been playing music and what inspired you to pursue a musical path?
I’ve had a passion for music as long as I can remember and knew it was something I wanted to pursue. However, after moving to Las Vegas and getting involved with the local community, I met so many talented people here that made my dreams feel more achievable. I began taking vocal lessons when I was 8 years old and I started playing guitar at 16. I spent most of my pinnacle years in theater and choir, and I’ve been writing songs ever since.
How would you describe your sound to someone listening to your music for the first time?
I would describe my sound as delicately grave, yet meteoric. melancholic and nostalgic, sometimes cerebral and also, sometimes distorted. A blend of alternative, folk, and soft indie rock.
Who are your musical influences?
I have been influenced by an eclectic mixture of genres and artists. My songwriting has primarily been impacted by The Cranberries, Elliott Smith, and Adrianne Lenker. As a vocalist, my adoration for Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Brandi Carlile, and Phoebe Bridgers has greatly molded my repertoire.
What do you love about our local music scene and how would you like to see it evolve?
I absolutely love how supportive and eccentric the Vegas music scene is. This city is filled with so many different styles and individuality. There is a huge sense of appreciation for the arts that is ever growing. I look forward to seeing more smaller venues appear, inclusivity on bills, and thriving artists.
What’s an important cause or issue you support?
While there are many prevalent issues in the world, this past year has definitely been difficult regarding reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ healthcare. Marginalized communities are disproportionately affected, being stripped away of basic human rights and ownership of their own bodies.
Tell us about what’s in store for you in 2023!
In 2023 I’ll be releasing a lot of new music, that I find to be some of my most genuine. I hope to travel through new cities, connect with more musicians, and expand my involvement in the community.
What’s your interpretation of a Raw Femme?
Raw Femme is visceral and non-conforming. Being undeniably authentic and creating your own meaning of femininity.
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