Yan Lohendra learned the music as a teenager, then practiced for fun until 2017, when he made the album Upsilon Plus, followed by The Ten Commandments the next year.
He received a Catholic education and, continuing his studies until the doctorate, brilliantly defended his thesis. Yan is a contemplative who has been practicing Buddhist meditation for more than ten years. He follows a vegan and raw diet. Lohendra enjoys hiking in steep places. He often visits Sainte-Baume, a massif near Marseille in France, which he likes to climb. The sanctuary cave, where St. Mary Magdalene lived after leaving Palestine, attracts her mysteriously, perhaps because millions of faithfuls have been there for almost two millennia and that is felt.
He prefers to stay away from the life of today’s world, which he does not appreciate, without being a hermit. He married in 2001 with the woman whose life he still shares today. Not having a smartphone, but only an old-fashioned cell phone that he almost never lights, Yan Lohendra is often unreachable.
After creating his Facebook page and having used it for several weeks, he decided not to use it anymore, except to announce important events. For the next year, everyone around him worked to convince him that Facebook was indispensable to an artist like him and that there was a way to use it simply as a way to communicate with his audience, without any alienation. So Yan finally returned to Facebook after a year of absence.
Alienating techniques do not appeal to him, without it being a rejection of recent technology. So, for example, he does not watch television. The important thing is to be present to oneself and to use the techniques as simple tools.
For everyday use, his preferences are towards free software and the album Upsilon Plus was entirely made under Linux. The principles of free software bring him closer to the idea of a free egalitarian disposition of production as well as of knowledge, that is, of an anti-capitalist approach to society, of which he is close. He outlines a doctrine of liberation, both social, mental and spiritual. His sometimes extreme ideas do not lead him to any sectarianism, as long as the principles and people he is facing go in the right direction.
The Dalai Lama once said that he considered himself “half-Marxist, half-Buddhist,” after stating: “Of all the modem economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes—that is, the majority—as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair”. Yan Lohendra could also be defined in the same way.
Whatever happens, Yan Lohendra says he is determined to continue his musical work, already thinking about his next album and the musical ideas he will soon implement. However, he knows that the style of music he produces is likely to interest only a few people, people probably endowed like him a crazy wisdom.