Yes You Can: An Interview with Yes You Are

Jared White’s job of working in a warehouse gave him the opportunity to spend eight hours a day immersed in anything other than the sounds around him. He chose the sounds of Bob Dylan – from the studio albums to bootleg collection releases. Eight hours a day, six months in a row, White dived into what he said was the most influential music experience he ever had.

Because of that, he began to write songs differently. Songs that essentially wrote themselves.
White’s commitment to music was validated more once he connected with Kianna Alarid. He was familiar with her music and sent her a demo of a song he wrote based off of one of their text message conversations. Once she heard it, it marked the beginning of Yes You Are.

The Kansas City electro pop band chose their name based off the idea of having belief or doubt in one’s self.  “It’s a name that can cause peace or panic,” White said. “It's an affirmation of agreement. You are whoever and whatever you say you are. The implications of that are crazy but I believe it's true. It seems like most people don't think the right things about themselves - they seem afraid to.”

It’s apparent that Yes You Are says that they are a band that knows how to get what they want. Their song “HGX” was featured during this year’s Super Bowl, playing not once but twice during Pepsi MAX commercials. It was also played in Bad Moms, including their names in the end credits, and was broadcasted during the Billboard Awards, the Oscars and The Bachelor finale.

They are currently working on their debut LP with producers Greg Collins and David Spreng, who have worked with the likes of KISS, Alice Cooper and White’s major influence, Bob Dylan. Alarid originally worked with Collins several years ago and it was more than just a coincidence that he reached out when they were looking for the right person to finish producing their album. “I had never, in my life, worked with anyone who was such a creative and competent vocal producer. He got me to do things I wasn't aware I could do. He allowed a safe place to play and discover,” Alarid said.

 From eight hour shifts inside a warehouse to eight hour sessions inside a recording studio, Jared White has come a long way since playing Bob Dylan tracks on repeat. Yes You Are has hit the ground running and doesn’t seem to doubt where they’re going next.