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Published on July 3rd, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Who is ApolloNightLA ‘Artist of the Week’ BSlick?

ApolloNightLA (@apollonightla) Artist of the WeekBobby Yarsulik (Slick) @byarsulik, is a 26 year old indie pianist/producer from Olathe, KS. Having played piano for 20 years, and now doing everything including mixing/mastering his own work, he works hard to push out great content whenever possible. Besides his grind, musically he brings a full sonic meal.

_DSC4826From the outside looking in, who is BSlick?
He is a husband and father, a part-time student and full-time worker, with an immense passion for music and the joy it brings.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
My grandmother was a multi-instrumentalist and always played the piano. When I was 5, I began to be passionate about the piano and started lessons early on. As I got older, it became apparent that music was something more than just a hobby. I started picking up other instruments and quickly learning them. I began to get passionate about recording my music early on, and have since taught myself about the production process and learned even more in school. I continue to teach myself more and more everyday, and currently write/record/mix/master all of my tracks in my small home studio. Besides focusing on serious personal projects, I love to dive into various other kinds of projects for fun. If you can’t have fun with it, why even bother?
Tell us about your current project and your ApolloNightLA “Artist of the Week” winning single “The City.”
My current project, “The City”, is a fictional story in song form that borrows from our real life struggles with love, hope, and despair. Track 1, “The City”, begins the story atop a post-apocalyptic floating city with the old world down below; how did the world become like this? We start the story beginning with Track 2, “Voices of Freedom” (the track showcased on ApolloNightLA), where we rewind back many years before the floating city ever existed.

Throughout the rest of the album, my hope is to tell a riveting story that will suck you in just like a good book, but also be great music to listen to individually and out of its’ context. I plan to release the album by the end of this year!
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you?
For an introduction you say? Why not something that I don’t normally do. Something that showcases a little bit of my piano playing, composition, vocal work, and funkiness, “Praise the Sun (We Have Dark Dark Souls)”

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment…

I used to work for Home Depot, and in 2011 won a chance to perform in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Arena, with 3 other fellow associates from the US, for their yearly fiscal meeting. All the store managers were there, including CEO and other staff. It was a huge production, and I got the chance to perform a song I specifically wrote on piano, “Bleed the Color Orange” about Home Depot. I opened the show, and you can watch the whole thing here:

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