YIP YOPS was founded within earshot of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Songwriter and lead vocalist, Ison Van Winkle co-founded the band with bassist Jacob Gutierrez and drummer Ross Murakami in 2013. Soon after, Mari Brossfield completed the lineup, adding keyboards and songbird vocals. Ison’s low-lit and chilling lyrics puts a spotlight on today’s divided culture and are complimented by the complex and colorful instrumentation. Soundscape magazine writes, “There isn’t a lot of music out there right now that sounds as original as this.”
A top priority for the band is to offer a visually stimulating live performance that paints the story written in the music. YIP YOPS are known for their quirky on-stage fashion and antics as Ison’s performance has been compared to a “mad scientist."