POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #64
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Question 1: What got you into making music?
I started piano lessons when I was 5 years old and played the violin starting in elementary school all the way until high school. Its the typical Asian parents forces instruments on kid type situation. Went to college thinking I was going to be an engineer, but I found out you could make music on a laptop. The lightbulb went off in my head and I knew that's what I wanted to do. It's ironic because I hated the idea of being a musician as a kid but I can't imagine a life not being one now.
Question 2: What people intrigue you or inspire you to pursue music?
My friends are probably my greatest inspirations because you see first handed hard work being put in and the results showing...Also, they're all so talented that it's hard to not get inspired. Outside of that, Kanye (as for a lot of people I think) stands out for me because he pushed boundaries in not just music but in fashion alongside other creative outlets and sets the trends. I also have to throw in Snakehips, Porter Robinson, and Odesza into this mix...these guys in my eyes are consistently putting out refreshing music and setting trends in their own lanes.
Question 3: How would you define your style of music?
This is such a hard questions but I'll try my best...Coming from a very classical background, I see myself sticking to a more melodic approach but at the same time, I have such a wide range when it comes to taste that its a fuse between indie, hip-hop, electronic, classical and jazz. I subconsciously pull different things from each genre and try to piece them all together to give an idea of whats on in my head.
Question 4: Could you give us an idea of how your creative process starts for a song?
For me, it's different each time. I open up a project and usually come up with a chord progression and try to build around that but there have been cases recently where I would just create a cool sound and build around that or use that same process with drums. I kind of just let the creative process take the wheel and see what happens.
Question 5: What is your favorite track that you have produced so far?
Another tough one ha! I think this one is especially hard to answer because each remix/original that I did in a sense is a time capsule for me. I know exactly what was going on when I made the song/ how it came about so to answer your question I can't really choose one over the other because each one holds its own sentimental value. I will say that with each release should be an improvement of the past releases and so in that regards, my remix for my buddy Jai Wolf is the one I feel the best about.
Question 6: Any goals or plans in mind for you as an artist in the future? Anyone who you would love to work with?
My long-term goal as an artist is to make this my full-time job. I currently work a 9-5 while trying to do music and I really want to dedicate my entire time to this craft. That being said, I have a lot of original music both collaborative and solo projects for 2018. I'm hoping 2018 is the year!
I would love to work with Tove Styrke, Kanye, G-Dragon, Brockhampton, Odesza, Porter Robinson, and Snakehips (In no respective order). Each one of the artists I mentioned are individual/groups I respect highly when it comes to music and to be able to just sit in a room with would be amazing!