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Portland, Oregon, United States (2003 – present)

YACHT is a musical moniker created by musician and artist Jonathan Warren Bechtolt (A.K.A. Jona Bechtolt, born December 2, 1980). YACHT has since 2009 included musician, writer and media artist Claire Evans whose vocals had been featured on previous YACHT recordings (I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real). YACHT is based in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Bechtolt was born in Astoria, Oregon and began playing music as a teenager, dropping out of high school to play drums in his brother’s touring band. He started working with electronics in the late 1990s and began releasing solo records under the name YACHT in 2003. Nearly all of his recordings have been distributed by both marriage records and States Rights Records.

Claire Evans came of age playing in bands in the underground scene of Los Angeles, and was part of the Portland-based The World Court. She has presented her PowerPoint performances at MoMA PS1, The Kitchenand the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and has collaborated with Bechtolt on literally hundreds of projects since they met in 2004.

In 2003, Bechtolt was commissioned to create a full length audio/visual electronic pop opera by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). He performed with his group The Badger King with bandmate Marianna Ritchie (a Wolf Colonel and Dear Nora alumnus who went on to record alone as Manta, and then Mantar).


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  • Spill-T

    i said a-where da hell does this disco? makes me want to take more ecst

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • hotwheels47125

    It's not like Yacht is going to be on Clear Channel Radio and ruined by being overplayed. More recognition means more revenue, more revenue means more albums and more tour locations. It will all be just fine, everybody. You came here to love on a great band, so focus on that, yah?

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AttackingToms

    Where Does This Disco? <3

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • tylerstravis

    fucking shame this gr8 band was discovered by Callewaerty :P

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gackt4ever

    GTA V. Great song!!! I <3

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NateAbel

    Don't worry, Callewaerty. Soon you will grow up and stop caring about who does or doesn't listen to your precious music.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Callewaerty

    fuckin shame this gr8 band is being discovered by gta V kiddos

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Christophorius

    GTA V. Great song!!! I told you your dreams would come true I told you your dreams would come true I told you your dreams would come true I told you your dreams would come true

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • zygulpy

    she looks like gwen stefani mixed with channy leaneagh

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tigermoth1232

    Party at the NSA! Marc Maron effing shreds!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Beharkei

    Are they witches?

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ripchord

    i like how yacht's type of music is all the rage now yet yacht is ignored

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed!

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Humbledocile

    I dipped Claire last night :)

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • pedro__182

    come to tocantins - brazil please haha

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • peehah

    come to sao paulo - brazil please

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • girlpuke

    I've been listening to these guys for a long ass fucking time!

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • pink-spartan

    acid trip music who the hell can hate that

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nice_face

    let's eat a lot of candy and dance spastically whilst on sugar high

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JasonBard

    it's not hard to understand, it's just good indietronic pop music.

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
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