New Orleans is known for it’s resiliency through adversity. With a history of floods, poverty, and an extremely high murder rate, the city has maintained an unique taste for food, music, and fashion. Seventeen ward born, West Bank raised, Joshua “Yung Tech” Ard has experienced his share of obstacles and is set to make his mark in New Orleans’ rich musical history. Growing up in Marrero, home of MC Thick, Tech grew up in a small apartment with his mom, dad and two brothers. In his confined bedroom, Tech recorded his first song on a cassette recorder, which had a microphone. At the time, his Uncle who lived on the east coast introduced him to KRS One’s album “Criminal Minded.”
At age fifteen, Tech received his first real piece of equipment, MPC 2500, where he made his first beat. During that time, Cash Money was the hottest label in New Orleans and Mannie Fresh was behind all of the beats. Drawn to Mannie’s use of horns and kango drums, Tech reminisced of the New Orleans’ sound. Among the many others who inspired him - Ski Beatz, Biggie, Rocafella, and No Limit, Mannie Fresh was one of Tech’s biggest influences. Although beatmaking was his first drive, freestyling became his passion which later transitioned to his beatmaking process.
After Katrina ravaged New Orleans, his family decided to relocate. Both, his mom and dad, decided not to move to Texas with other family members; instead, stay in Louisiana and start over in Monroe. The catastrophe of Katrina left Tech with ill-feelings towards making music again. 2008 brought on more setbacks when Yung Tech was imprisoned for armed robbery which carried a seven-year sentence. Fortunately, Tech only had to do three months and three years probation. Tech’s Big Brother ignited the fire for him to get back to the music. He started his own label and needed tracks for some upcoming projects. Tech made a track and from there, his passion was restarted. Since then, Tech has made tracks for Gospel, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop artists’. His sound has been described as Southern Soul and Hip hop mixed with a pinch of trap street music.