Dutch four-piece YĪN YĪN provide a tongue-in-cheek horoscopes for musicians to refer to during the coronavirus crisis.
The past few months have been difficult on all of us working in the field of music. Like many other bands, we saw our European tour dates across various festivals and venues in Germany, France and Italy cancelled. Upon arriving back home in our hometown of Maastricht, we looked at the stars for guidance how to get through these challenging times. Here, we share our insights through a horoscope tailor-made for musicians for the upcoming months. Even if the time period has since passed, feel free to dig into the meanings and our accompanying tracks and see if they lined up for you....
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. It comes as no surprise that the ram loves to be the number one, has great ambition and is not afraid to take on the most challenging situations boldly and head-on. This month you will have a musical breakthrough if you stay open for new opportunities, tame the ram inside of you and ride it out to guide you towards new musical highlights against the dark background of the COVID-19 challenge.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In the Zodiac, the Taurus is depicted by the bull. Taureans love to relax and immerse themselves with smooth sounds, rich flavours and soothing aromas. As such, Taureans are excellently equipped to deal with a little self-quarantine and lockdown; they thrive in their own environment. In the privacy of their own house they indulge in listening to their favourite music, sleeping half the day away and walking around in their favourite pyjamas, like our percussion friend Jerome Cardinaals.
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "The Grey Chamber of Hinachõ Otome"
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The Gemini is one of the most busy signs in the Zodiac. They always have so many ambitions and plans that they need more than one of themselves to get their to-do list done. Gemini is symbolised by the twins. It is no surprise that YĪN YĪN’s hyper-energetic drummer Kees is a Gemini. In the coming month, while self-quarantining in the lockdown, the Gemini may start to have problems with their own ambitions and plans since they cannot go outside and interact with the world. While staying at home, the Gemini is fully thrown back to its own body, and should therefore fully embrace the twin-sign of creating exchanges with your other self. Why not try your hand at an interesting game of ping-pong with yourself?
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Pingpxng"
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The Cancer is a water sign that is symbolised by the crab, an animal that lives both on the land and in the sea, showing the ability of Cancer to exist in both material and emotional states of being. For you, the month of June will be a very productive month, weaving in between relaxing and getting inspired by new music. There will be studio time, the production of new songs and creation.
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Kroy Wen"
Leo (July 23-August 22)
The Leo, represented by the lion, loves to take the spotlight and can really focus the energy of the room on himself. But this month, under the current crisis, you do not feel like lion. You’re a tiger. The past months you have been climbing the ladder of your musical career with great effort, but with this comes great responsibility. Be sure to file down your nails from time to time or you might up hurting somebody, or worse…become hunted yourself. This month you will do your hunting in the Sacret Valley of Cusco.
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "The Sacred Valley of Cusco"
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgo is represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Virgos are logical, practical, and systematic in their approach to life. No wonder that our beautiful YĪN YĪN bass player Remy is a Virgo. For the past years you have been jumping around on stage like a mad man, but due to COVID-19 there’s currently nobody to see you perform. Perhaps this month is the perfect time to take a bit of rest, take a step back and reflect on your moves and tunes. Also, get a haircut, buddy!
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Haw Phin"
Libra (September 23-October 22)
The Libra has a deeply rooted love for harmony, balance and symmetry in all areas of life. No wonder this sign is represented by the scales. A summer without touring and live performances takes a difficult toll on Libras. When you feel certain aspects of your life are too heavy, shift your focus towards aspects of your life that might be underwhelmed. But remember, sometimes asymmetry can also be a very productive force. Don’t always try to keep the balance. Accept and embrace the imbalance of life and use this towards your creativity.
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Alpaca Mountain"
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpio is often misunderstood as a fire sign because of its power and strength. However, it is a water sign and is much more emotional that people often think. People don't often immediately get the way the Scorpio expresses itself. As a Scorpio, you might be the only person who fully understands the feelings that you are trying to convey. Don’t stress yourself too much, dear Scorpio, even if other people do not get you all the time. It is import you keep up the work. One day, they will all see!
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "On Yiep"
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Symbolised by the archer, Sagittarians are always looking for new information and knowledge as well as new intellectual and spiritual adventures. In many very silly ways the spiritual intellectual of the bunch, it comes as no surprise that Yves is a Sagittarius. His great advice for all other Sagittarians out there who are bummed-out by the COVID-19 epidemic? "Always try to invert situations when the future seems bleak. If you feel pressed, stressed or even hunted, turn around, face your enemy, and start running towards them."
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers"
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
“Capricorn’s don’t exist. Everyone knows Capricorn’s don’t exist.... or are those unicorns?”
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Thom Ki Ki"
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Our percussion boy Gino Bombrini and our soundwizard Simon van Boxtel agree on this: "BE WATER MY FRIEND!"
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "One Inch Punch"
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
The last constellation of the Zodiac, Pisces, is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. These two opposing forces represent the internal turmoil that Pisces can often experience, as well as its struggles with reality and fantasy. Don’t let this depress you however, dear Pisces, because as the final sign Pisces has also learned every lesson and all of the emotions of all the previous signs. Don’t worry when you feel a little torn apart, YOU ROCK. Much like our keyboard player, Robbert.
Track of the month: YĪN YĪN – "Dis kö Dis kö"