Yeshe Ryser is an Ibicenco lyricist, vocalist and pianist, with a pair of legendary creative parents. His father is a musician born in Ibiza, and his mother is a unique and inspirational British chef, with an Ibiza history as one of the lucky British music lovers to have called Ibiza ‘home’, in the early 80’s.
Yeshe first came to my attention as a member of a talented crew of Ibicenc Hip-Hop MCs and producers, who started a regular gig at the magical and much-missed Putumayo Cafe, Cala Gracioneta; incidentally, the first place I called my spiritual home in Ibiza. I lived a stone’s throw from the Putumayo, and even if you were to attribute for late-night, blissful zig-zags, it was a home from home.
The owner Rickey Devito was my next-door neighbour, a friend of mine, and of Yeshe’s – he did so much for young and aspiring musicians and creatives, keeping a strict and dedicated commitment to providing a stage for the many talented musicians in Ibiza. The sound Yeshe and his friends created was beautiful to hear, pulsing through the forest to the surrounding areas including my ground floor terrace, and their endevours at the Putumayo have rightly spring-boarded them into the wider musical consciousness of the island, and beyond.
Let’s not miss the point here, Yeshe’s primary influence is Hip-Hop music; the combination of his dedication to lyrics, his vocal delivery, and his piano accompaniment have resulted in an irrepressible, musically articulate, and soulful force. Now he performs with various bands and easily holds his own for a solo.
Sat as his piano, he plays and sings from a strong and pure heart, effortlessly soulful and captivating, able to incorporate groove and rhythm into sublime solo and band performances. He summarises his musical inspirations as; “Stevie wonder, Anderson Paak, Labrinth, Billie Eilish”, demonstrating that he appreciates musical all-rounders and writers of inspirational lyrics, which could be a perfect description of Yeshe.
Still very young but extremely talented, Yeshe calls his proudest moment to date: “For the moment it’s when I opened for Jarabe de Palo at San Antonio in front of a huge crowd and when we did the gig at Romania in front of the biggest crowd I’ve ever had which was around 25K.”
We think that’s where Yeshe is most at home. In front of a massive crowd of people, singing and playing his heart out. His sane, and simple motto, is: “Be Yourself.” Word.