Justice Yeldham - MusicNSW

What’s been described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” is in fact the unique work of Justice Yeldham, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. In his infamous show that has astonished and bemused countless people in over 40 countries, yeldham ecstatically purses his lips against sheets of amplified glass whilst deftly employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, turning discarded shards into crude musical instruments. The results are a wild array of cacophonous noise that is strangely controlled and oddly musical. The instruments simple, original and effective premise is a welcome riposte to over complicated musical performances of modern
times. A one of a kind act re-defining the expression ‘don’t try this at home’ this show quite simply needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated, let alone understood.

What was the first band you saw live?
Well my dad ran a pub and had plenty of bands play all the time, from midnight oil to inxs and many other unmemorable acts from the 80’s, i do have memories of some of these bands but have know idea who was what and how, the first band that i remember the name of was the models whose single ‘out of mind out of sight’ i liked at the time.

What’d you learn from them?
i remember between soundchecks and the show when the venue room was empty sitting behind the drumkit and having a go, it felt good.

Got any pre-gig rituals?
I remove my over garments, shoes, socks and anything in my pockets otherwise i cant relax

What do you think the most important issue effecting artists in NSW is
the 40% super profits tax will effect mining CEO’s ability to buy independent music and support shows, unless Rudd wakes up and realises this and other spill over effects of his reckless taxing policies we’re all gonna be out of a job.

If you weren’t a musician what do you reckon you’d be doing?

Probably still be cooking at the kindi.