Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Releasing her new EP ‘Bonnie’ today, the French-Korean-American artist is already making musical waves in the pop world, crafting magnetic shapeshifting songs which can effortlessly jump from chilled bedroom-pop to full-on bop-a-long fun, as well as switch languages.
A “singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, part-time tattoo artist, full-time animal lover, and oatmilk connoisseur”, we sent her over some qs to get to know her a lil’ better.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Short term time commitment, conceptually well seasoned.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
I used to lay down under my mom’s piano while she played, it was always so peaceful, and felt almost surround soundish, having the piano right above me.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Really inspired by artists who don’t compromise their vision and you can hear it in the music. I was listening to a lot of Choker, Rosalia, ELIZA, Lido, Crumb, and Sevdaliza when I first started releasing music.
You’ve lived in NYC, LA, Paris and Thailand! What do you think of the music scenes there at the moment?
I wish I knew more about the scenes in Paris and Bangkok, they both seem like they’re coming into their own. New York is incredible, the music scene feels a bit more DIY there. There are so many interesting smaller venues, and easily accessible clubs and stages for up and coming artists. LA definitely caters more to the pop industry, and because of the need for cars to get to places I find myself going to less shows here than I did in NY, but in terms of creating music and sessions and such, I love LA for all that. There’s more space for studios and roomy bedroom setups. I feel less distracted here.
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
Definitely, many of them are friends in either music or other creative spaces. Mazie, Benny the Ghost, Dora Jar, marinelli, Wallice, Jade Sadler, Spencer Ford, Remi Wolf, etc… Everyone’s work ethic is insane, and I love being around people that thrive on experimenting and trying to see old things in new ways.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Hmmm I have a couple, Charlotte Day Wilson because she’s just all around sick and I love her production style, Bon Iver ‘cause I am simply a big fan, Yaeji ‘cause I think it’d be so fun doing a session with her…
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
More touring… Coming off of this last tour made me realize how much I enjoy playing live shows. It’s sort of the only time that I get absolutely out of my head and just focus on one thing which is putting on a good show. I feel obligated to be present and in the moment, because that’s when I’m delivering the songs most honestly, and also the whole premise of touring is like going to the sickest summer camp of all time but also it’s my job.
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