How did you get into music?
I moved to LA to be with my long-term boyfriend and immediately broke up only a few months after. So, I moved to my own place in October and started putting out music. I’m so shocked anyone found my stuff, let alone liked it. I’ve always loved music, and over the past few months, I’ve realized how therapeutic it can be and that I can be vulnerable with what’s going on in my life. It’s given me some confidence and pushed me to pursue it more professionally!
What are some goals you’ve set for yourself as an artist for 2020?
My mantra for 2020 is confidence is key! I tend to get inside my head a lot, and I don’t want that to reflect in my work. I want to be confident in myself and my music and really work on pushing my anxiety out of the picture. It’s a process, but I’m learning to appreciate that!
Which artists do you look up to?
A lot of my influences come from my parents. I really love Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Weezer, Pixies, basically anything with guitars and distortion from the 90s! I love how they created pop music that was still very much their own. More lowkey, newer artists like UMI, ROLE MODEL, and Ren for sure influence my sound and the kinds of beats I lean towards.
What is your creative process?
I mean, it’s hard to pinpoint a distinct process. I tend to create things in my room because that’s my comfort zone. When you listen to my lyrics, they’re very personal and relate to aspects of my life, ranging from my love for video games to a recent bad break up. So, I think I just lock myself in my room and let out all these things going on in my head, then create from there. That, and Boba tea. Lots of boba tea.
What can you tell me about your upcoming EP?
I’m still working on it. It’s gonna be about what I’m going through in my life and stay pretty close to home. I wanna collab with some more people cause I’m just now getting the confidence to work outside of my bedroom.
Have you thought about what you might want to do for your debut album?
A debut album is so daunting to think about at the moment. For me, everything still feels like a day-by-day process, so to think I’m in a stage of my career where I can start thinking about that as an artist is insane! I definitely want it to be completely authentic and true to where I’m at in life, so that will take some time, I’m sure.
What’s one of your proudest moments?
My proudest moment was definitely releasing my track ‘Fresher,’ which was a collaboration with Yakob, a producer who I respect very much. It was cool dropping the song, and hearing listeners say they connected with it. It was also so validating to work together on a project with someone I look up to.
Which artists would you like to work with?
There are so many up-and-coming artists around me that I’d love to work with just because we’re all in the same place professionally and can relate. Honestly, I don’t wanna drop names cause that feels tacky, but rest assured, I’m sending some super awkward DM’s to a few dream collaborators.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?
The number one thing on my bucket list is to take a trip to Akihabara in Tokyo! It’s considered the anime capital of the world and has all these cute little shops. If you know me, you know I’d die and go to heaven if I ever actually go there. Shoutout to all my weebs!
If you could have the answer to any question at all, what would you want to know?
Any question in the universe I could get the answer to? I would like to know how the hell glue doesn’t stick to the inside of the bottle. Does anyone know?