Yify (ee-fee) is an artist of cinematic alternative music. Her sound is a combination of classical composition roots and a songwriting style that cuts away at personal, often difficult, life experiences. Her music is lush, heartfelt, and sits somewhere between pop sensation SIA, to singer songwriter Sara Bareilles, to instrumental composer Max Richter.
Born in the metropolis of Beijing, Yify began her musical journey on the violin at the age of five and pursued a violin performance degree from UNC. A spinal injury in the neck however, prevented a profession in classical violin. It was around this time that she dove into composition and wrote over 500 short piano pieces in 3 years. Despite still completing a degree in violin performance, she found herself in a lucrative business career shortly after graduation; however, after a few years of soul searching, she came to realize the only calling for her is music.
Yify began to song-write and navigate the music industry since 2015. Inspired by a range of artists from songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, Sia, and Bon Iver to instrumental composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Olafur Arnalds, Yify considers herself a songwriter first and composer second. In 2017, she had her first professional recognition when her debut single, "Morning Sun", was selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Yify makes music to heal herself, and along the way she hopes others as well. She is inspired by art that cuts to the core of matters of life in a deeply personal way and aspires to make music as such.