Meet Upcoming Singer/Songwriter: SLCHLD. “I shouldn’t box myself in a certain music industry.”

In today’s interview I had the pleasure of speaking with upcoming singer/songwriter – SLCHLD. Personally, I’ve been listening to SLCHLD since the beginning of his career and over the last year he has grown into one of my favorite artists coming out of Canada. Originally from South Korea, he has been able to combine both his eastern and western influences and create a sound of his own. In this interview I got the chance to speak with him about the responsibilities of being an entertainer, his evolution as an artist, and much more…

Enjoy 🙂


Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hello, my name is Doohyuk Jang, but I go by the alias Seoulchild (stylized as SLCHLD). I am a 22 year old vocalist based in Canada and Korea. I have yet to make an official release, but I am preparing to make a debut EP sometime soon.

 

 


Q: You’ve only been out a year but because of your work ethic SO much has happened. Is music a career you’ve always seen yourself being in?

A: Honestly I had no idea I would be where I am today back when I started. I originally just rapped with my friends for fun, but when I started singing, that’s when I took music seriously. I don’t know if I will be doing music forever because of how harsh the music industry is run today, but that is my goal as of right now.

 


Q: Is there anyone in your family also into music or are you the first?

A: I guess my whole family did music at some point. My dad often told me and my family about when he used to be in a rock band, and I thought that was cool. My mother used to do Traditional Korean Folk Music, which included instruments such as 장구 (Janggu) and 꽹과리 (Kkwaenggwari). As for my brother, he used to play the clarinet and the alto saxophone in school.

 


Q: What was their reaction when you decided to become a musician?

A: I used to work as a Graphic Designer at company before I started music. They were hesitant at first because I was just about to begin a legit career, but they were supportive later on when I showed how much music meant to me.

 

 

Q: You’ve made music in a list of genres, but often times record R&B records— I’m curious, who were some of your influences growing up?

A: Growing up I listened to a variety of music. My brother used to fill my MP3 up when I was little and it had some hits from the old days such as Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, Seotaeji’s ‘난 알아요’, and Chris Brown’s ‘Superhuman’. Back in middle school, Taylor Swift was the hot trend among friends so I listened to her a lot as well. I’d say Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake were the two artists I adored the most back then.

 

 

Q: When you initially began looking into music were you already skilled in the writing/singing area or did you have to hone your craft?

A: Oh no, I was terrible when I started. When I first started making music, I thought that I had to make complex lyrics and rhyme schemes, and didn’t pay too much attention to how much soul I was putting into them. Writing songs was a huge, but fun learning curve for me to get better at and it still is today.

 


Q: Are there any tips you could give aspiring artists when it comes to developing their sound?

A: I know this might not apply for every aspiring artists, but I’d say you should make your art shine in a way you would like it to be. It’s okay to be influenced by the accomplished artists you look up to, but you should always put what you want first when shaping it. I used to think that I had to make hits and songs that the audience would for sure enjoy, but now I just make what I want and try to connect with fans who relate to them.

 

 

Q: In an interview with Inspire Me Korea, you mention that when you started out, several musicians gave you advice in terms of your music and artistry — is there any piece of advice that stuck out to you the most?

A: Some musicians that I got to meet that are in the mainstream often told me that I should incorporate more Korean lyrics to my music. That honestly stressed me out because I’m more a person who writes what I feel at that time and state, and I feel that I express those feelings better in English. I was stuck at one point due to this advice I received, but later realized that I shouldn’t box myself in a certain music industry. In more ways or another, I am thankful for this advice.

 

 

 

Q: Since your debut you’ve released music, several projects, and a couple of features — what’s been your “favorite responsibility” since transitioning into an artist (so far)?

A: It’s all about the vibes that are created in the process. I enjoy doing features when I’m with the artist I’m doing it with. We share ideas and brainstorm what we want to say and align each others directions towards the collaboration. When I made ‘when I leave’ with GILLA, oceanfromtheblue, and RNMK, we were just bouncing off ideas back and forth and it was so much fun. Same goes for when I work with producers. When I work on my personal projects I sometimes force myself into a state I don’t want to be in to draw out what I want to sing. It’s sometimes painful, fun, and sad, but that’s why I love music. I’d say my favorite responsibility since transitioning into an artist would be trying to satisfy myself with what I am doing to the fullest.

 

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Q: Your debut came in January 2017 with the release of your first project Motel, do you remember the feeling you got once you released it?

A: That was a fun project. Takes me back haha. Back then I didn’t know what I was getting into, it was just a project I made for fun. When it got highlighted on popular YouTube Music Channels (shout out to my good friends over at WLK, and Daniel from Danielions music) everything felt surreal. I enjoyed every moment and sometimes I wish I could go back to enjoying music like that.

 


Q: What was it like for you to hear the finished project in its final form?

A: It was beautiful. My first ever project, so it had to feel amazing right? Haha. Although I didn’t have vast knowledge of mixing or mastering tracks back then, I tried to pay attention to detail to the best of my knowledge and I was satisfied when it was completed.

 

 

Q: Since Motel, you have released The Sadness Inside You, Wisdom & Prayer, and Emotions. How have you evolved as an artist with each project?

A: I sometimes forget I released that many projects wow.

The Sadness Inside You was my approach on the lo-fi genre and was an essential catalyst that helped me grow as a songwriter.

I consider Wisdom & Prayer as a letter to my future self, telling me that I shouldn’t get drunk in fame or money if I ever was to blow up.

Emotions was a painful, but fun project for me. It’s a project about stepping into the adult world, having responsibilities, and reflecting upon my mistakes and actions. The way I wrote most of my lyrics there are in riddles, something that many people might not have known.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite song off of each project? If so, which ones and why?

A:

The whole process of making the song probably took no less than 30 minutes, and initially I was doubtful because I thought I didn’t put hard work into it. But I grew into loving it and realised that time is a subjective matter when it comes to making music.

  • Wisdom & Prayer – “Prayer

I don’t listen to my own songs a lot, but I still listen to this song because it’s a reminder for me to be a person who takes control of my responsibilities.

This is the outro track of the mixtape. I express that I shouldn’t give up on what I want to do or achieve, and if I face failures, I should grow from it. It’s a song that reminds you to love yourself.

 

 

Q: You took a short hiatus earlier in this year – were you able to relax and refocus? Why did you think you needed the break?

A: As I mentioned earlier, when I receive the advice of trying to incorporate Korean lyrics I was puzzled and was lost. I was never satisfied with what I was doing. I initially had a EP finished and ready to release it, but I eventually scrapped the whole project because I hated the fact that some of the tracks in it weren’t my real expressions.

 

 

Q: With every release, do you feel pressured to make every song as good as the last? Does it ever get difficult to remain creative?

A: I can’t lie about this and yes, the pressure is always there. However, there are times when I make a song and I feel that it was my best song so far. And whether that certain song or project blows up or not, I am satisfied.

 

 

Q: You’ve announced that you’re almost halfway finished with your latest project, do you have a name for it yet? What should we expect to hear on it?

A: There is a name planned, and I think it’s a great name (won’t spoil it just yet!). There aren’t a lot of features on the EP, mostly it’s just me and my producer GILLA. A lot of the topics I discuss on the project are my adventures this past year and how my view changed from then to now. I hope y’all enjoy it!

 

 

Q: What are some goals you are hoping to achieve by the end of 2018?

A: My goal last year was to hit a 1000 followers on Soundcloud, and now I’m somewhere between 10,000 or whatsoever. This year, I just want to put out the EP, with no regrets. I honestly don’t expect it to go big or anything, but nonetheless I want to release the project with me in it 100%.

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: I love all of you. Each and everyone that supports me. I apologize if I sometimes make abrupt decisions but I thank you for supporting me throughout this one hell of a ride of being a musician. I will hit you guys back with new updates soon!


To stay updated with SLCHLD make sure to follow him on Instagram!

Also, make sure to listen to his latest singles “Wednesday Girl” and “Hollywood

Meet Upcoming R&B Vocalist: Junny. “… I would have never imagined myself being where I am now… ”

In today’s interview, I get the chance to speak with Korean-Canadian R&B vocalist, Junny. In a span of his career, he has produced more music and content than some established artists, which is more than enough of a reason to check him out! His consistency and quality music has attracted a cult following throughout the world and this is just the beginning. In the interview, I got the chance to speak to him about his roots, remaining creative, and much more!

Enjoy 🙂


Q: Hello; Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hello, my name is JUNNY and I’m a soundcloud artist based in Vancouver.

 

Q: Originally from Korea, your family moved to Canada when you were young – do you remember there being any significant changes – at least in the cultural aspect?

A: I moved to Canada when I was 4.The whole process of adapting to a new culture didn’t apply to me since I was so young!

 

 

Q: You’ve kept close ties with Korea whether it be slipping words or phrases in your music – do you feel it is important to acknowledge your roots? Do you think it’s important that anyone acknowledge their roots?

A: Even though I was fully aware of being raised in Canada, I always wanted to show that I understand/appreciate the Korean culture, and I’m always thankful to my parents for giving me the freedom to experience both cultures at the same time. I always believed that wherever you may be, home is where the heart is.

 

 

Q: Is music a profession you always saw yourself being in or was it more of a hobby that developed into something more?

A: I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and singing was one of my major hobbies throughout my elementary/high school years but things started getting serious for me as soon as I graduated high school. I suddenly realized that I was now becoming an adult and needed to choose the right career path. Having two older brothers that successfully pursued their careers from their hobbies gave me the confidence to let music become my future.

 

 

Q: Were there any musicians you were influenced by? Any that made you think “This is what I want to do with my life too” ?

A: Too many to choose from! But to name a few, I was greatly inspired by western R&B singers like Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Usher, etc. As I got older I started to listening to Korean R&B and that was when I realized it wasn’t about race, or stereotypes that make the music. It’s the passion and creativity that drives an artist to create something amazing.

 

 

Q: When you decided to take music seriously, did you have your family’s / friend’s support?

A: Luckily I have parents that are very supportive and like I said from the question earlier, I have two older brothers that really helped me gain my confidence. My friends always new that I could sing but when I told them I was going to actually pursue this as a career, they never hesitated to support me.

 

 

Q: Since your debut, you have released 3 projects, 1 collaborative project, countless features, and more. Did you see all of this happening in such a short span of time when you started?

A: No, not at all and for me to even have a following and people listening to my music around the world is unbelievable. I would have never imagined myself being where I am now and I am very thankful for that.

 

 

Q: How have you remained so consistent? Do you think this consistency is what helped you gain a fanbase?

A: It may sound ridiculous but I actually felt like I was just having too much fun being able to collaborate with such talented people and I never thought about the amount of songs I put up. I just constantly wanted to make more because I loved every part of the process.

 

 

Q: Speaking of fanbases, do you have a name for your supporters yet?

A: No I don’t think I’m at that level of fame just yet! Haha.. Even if I eventually got to that point I wouldn’t be able to think of one because I am the worst with names 😦

 

 

Q: Because you are so consistent, does it ever get hard to remain creative?

A: Now that I’ve released a number of tracks it does get a little difficult trying to put out better music every time but I’m always being inspired by other artists which makes me switch up my style from time to time.

 

 

Q: You’ve performed a number of times, what are your favorite songs to perform? What are some tips you can give when it comes to performances?

A: I’ve actually haven’t performed in a while but when I did I loved performing “시간지났어(I’m Good)” Which was one of my first songs I’ve ever made. I’m more excited to perform in Korea this summer with the Monderland crew!

Performing is always a little nerve-racking but I tend to remind myself to keep my head up and try to engage the listeners because I’m not singing for myself; I’m singing for them.

 

 

Q: I know one of your goals is to perform in the biggest music venues in Korea. Would you ever consider moving there to help further your career?

A: I’m actually going to Korea in a couple days to really experience the music scene there and I’m planning to go back and forth, eventually ending up living there when I the time is right.

 

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Q: As you mentioned earlier, you are in a collective called Monderland; this collective features upcoming Korean musicians such as Yelloasis – with whom you’ve released a collaborative project Interior and a number of songs with. I’m curious as to how y’all met?

A: I first contacted Yelloasis through Soundcloud after listening to his mixtape. We exchanged our contact info and started to collaborate on a few songs eventually leading us to starting a collective in order to help each other grow since we have that mutual respect towards our music.

 

 

Q: Is there something about his artistry that you admire? What makes him one of your most frequent collabs?

A: Working on a collaborative project with someone overseas is usually a really difficult task because you’re not able to be in the same place vibing to one song. Making Interior I’ve never felt so comfortable working with someone and we realized that we feel/hear music in a similar way. It was never intentional to feature him so much in my music but the dude has a phenomenal voice and it’s hard not to think of him as my first choice.

 

 

Q: As I’ve mentioned, you have done countless features/collaborations – are there any upcoming/current artists you would like to collaborate with? Do you have any dream collaborations?

A: I’m always down to collaborate with artists whoever it may be if the music is good I’m up for anything. In terms of dream collaborations I would love to work with Eric Bellinger because he has been a huge influence in my music this year.

 

 

Q: I know you write and produce a majority of your music. What advice would you give aspiring artists when it comes to creating music and staying focused?

A: I’m nowhere near the level to give advice to others but If I had to, I would say “be open to listen for any type of music for inspiration and always enjoy the process.”

 

 

Q: In March you released your third project, Genuine which features the hit song “Handle You”.  What was your creative process like while you created this project? Was it similar / completely different from the process of your first two?

A: This album was definitely different for me since I just put out a collab project four months ago.

The process was more personal this time since I had the freedom to go a direction I was comfortable of taking. The whole time working on this project I constantly told myself “this is for you” reminding me that this album is mainly for the listeners/supporters that have made me become who I am as an artist. That is why I included that phrase in the intro track of the EP.

 

 

Q: How do you think you have evolved as an artist since your debut?

A: I haven’t had my official debut yet but looking back at who I was two years ago, I’m happy to say that I am proud of what I have accomplished and there is not a single thing that I regret in terms of music. I feel like I’m just getting started!

 

 

Q: What are some goals your hoping to accomplish throughout the year?

A: I really want to perform more this year so I can get to meet my listeners and really connect with them!

 

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Hey everyone! Thank you so much for enjoying the songs I put out and I’m constantly trying to improve myself as an artist/person and it would not be possible if It wasn’t for you. Being in a position to make someone feel a certain type of emotion through my music is definitely a dream come true for me and I wake up everyday feeling grateful for all the support. As always, thank you for the love and I hope to make you guys proud in the future 🙂


To listen to more of Junny’s music make sure to follow his SoundCloud and Spotify.

To stay updated about future projects and music releases follow him on Instagram .

Meet Upcoming Pop Trio: Lalibelle. “Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand …”

In this interview we get a glimpse of Sweden’s newest talent – pop trio Lalibelle. Since their debut in February the group (composed of Bogale, Landén and Collin) has been working restlessly to spread their name throughout their hometown of Skövde (city in Sweden). In this interview I got the chance to speak with them about their beginnings, how they met what led to Lalibelle. Their first song, “Balance” has already accumulated over 5,000 plays alone and been shared by YouTube music channels such as Chill Therapy, solidifying their place in music. If you are a fan of genres like electronic, indie pop – make sure to listen to Balance after reading the interview!

Enjoy 🙂


 

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourselves?

A: We are three friends and Lalibelle is what we call this project. Our names are Bogale, Collin & Landén and we have very different musical backgrounds. Through lots of experimenting and songwriting we landed in something that can be described as meditative breezy pop combined with personal lyrics.



Q: I know that you guys are friends, how did you all meet? (Did it start as a music relationship or were you all friends before starting this venture?)

A: Me (Bogale) & Collin met at the age of 16, we both had a passion for music and during high school we used to perform at a local bar to earn some extra money. After some time we got tired of always playing covers and instead we started improvising and realized that we could come up with great ideas together.

Later, Collin started musical projects together with Mikael Landén and since we’re all from the same small town in Sweden and often met at Colin’s place, it was obvious we had to try to make music together.


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Q: Your first single “Balance” was released in February. How was the process of creating the song?

A: During the spring of 2017 we locked ourselves in at Collin’s apartment to write music. We planned to stay for 3 days but ended up spending 10 days together. It was like therapy for all of us and Balance was the last track we made before getting out of the apartment. We were all drained and had a sentimental mood so Balance came naturally. It took us about 15 minutes to write it, but we spent a lot of time to experiment with the production afterwards.



Q: For those who have yet to hear it, can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: “Balance” is like a quiet conversation with mental illness that slowly takes the good things away.It’s about the ups and downs in life and a reminder of that nothing is in vain since every experience strengthens us.

 


Q: Do you remember your family / friend’s reactions the first time they heard the song?

A: They were touched by Balance and afterwards they were all singing along: Help, guidance, need balance…

 



Q: Have they (family / friends) been supportive of your careers thus far?

A: Both yes and no.

 

 

Q: Although you guys are relatively new to the industry, do you know what direction you want to go in with your music? (The message you want to convey, the audience you want to reach)

A: Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand in themes such as mental illness among other often overlooked societal issues. We’re also hope to bring something new to the table in today’s pop music sound.

 



Q: Who are some of the artists you tend to gravitate to, at least when it comes to finding inspiration / ideas?

A: We’re all very open minded when it comes to sources of inspiration and try not to limit ourselves in any way. We’re also coming from very different musical background so our common playlists could probably be a bit confusing. Before a writing session it’s likely that we listen to anything from Bon Iver, SZA, Erykah Badu, Bob Marley to Paul Simon and lots of west African music. What we have in common is gravitation towards music with some soul in it.



Q: Are there any musicians you want to collaborate with in the future?

A: Careful what you wish for, but we wouldn’t think twice about having a session with Little Dragon, Jorja Smith and Chronixx.



Q: Imagine you had the chance to open up for one current artist right now, who do you think your sound would mesh with (as of right now)?

A: We would love to surprise the fans of AC/DC and get them grooving with us – what an experience that would be!

 


Q: Speaking of shows, y’all are performing at Öland Roots 2018 this summer. What are your expectations? Are you nervous?

A: We are so excited about playing at Öland Roots. Not nervous now but it’s definitely a milestone for us all so will need some stress-coping mechanisms before going up on the stage.

 



Q: Are there any places y’all would like to travel in order to promote your music?

A: Addis Abeba and New York 🙂 Balance seems to stream a lot in the Philippines so maybe we should reach out to the fans there first.



Q: Where do you think you would be the most shocked to find out there’s people listening to your song(s)?

A: Hmm. The international space station maybe. If anyone there is listening, let us know!



Q: Because Lalibelle is a trio, it’s only expected that sometimes there may be creative differences / personality clashes, at times. What are some qualities you admire about each other? Why do you think Lalibelle has worked so far?

A: We’re all very musically open-minded and believe that all ideas are great ideas when creating. At later stages of the process we often try to get feedback from people around us  and sometimes that helps us make some of the final decisions. Don’t think we ever got into any big fights and the secret to that is to have very clear roles and great trust in each other.



Q: What should we expect from Lalibelle in 2018?

A: Our plan is to release 4 more tracks this year so there’s some exciting things ahead.



Q: Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: We’re so thankful! It was a scary thing to release such a naked song and to see that it’s so well received means the world to us.


Be sure to listen to their debut single “Balance” by clicking here.

If you want to stay updated about future music releases or upcoming performances make sure to follow them on: SoundCloud and Facebook

Meet Upcoming Alternative Artist: Celestia. “Keep doing your own thing and eventually your hard work and time you put into it will pay off.”

For today’s interview I got the chance to speak to upcoming singer/songwriter, Celestia. Currently based in Oregon, the Cali native has been working for the last two years to make a name for herself in the alternative / indie scene with hits such as “Sucky Notes” and her latest single “Malevolent” – it’s safe to say she’s in a lane of her own. If you enjoy listening to artists such as Avril Lavigne, TRACE, Miriam Bryant or any dark pop / indie rock artist that pops into your mind, be sure to listen to Celestia once you finish up the interview!

Enjoy 🙂


 

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself? (Your name, Where you’re from, etc.)

A:  My name is Celestia. I’m 20 years old. I was born in Santa Clara, CA and grew up in Portland, OR.

 

 

Q: Growing up, did you aspire to be a musician or was it a dream that grew over time? Was music something you were brought up around?


A: Growing up I’ve always wanted to become a musician. A huge influence for the start of my interest in music comes from my family. The earliest age I could remember myself singing is around 5 years old. I’ve heard my mom sing so much when I was a kid that I wanted to try it on my own one day. She used to show me old videos of her performing when she was younger. My dad played the guitar, and eventually around 12-13 years old I started to teach myself how to play. I stopped music for a little bit in high school, but began to pick it up back up again in the more recent years.

 

 

Q: When you initially decided to become a musician, did you have support from your inner circle? (family or friends)

A: A lot of my friends and family already knew that I had a passion for singing, and for  music in general. In terms of sharing about how I could use my passion as my career was another story… I grew up in a very strict household and was taught that my only way in life was to graduate from college pursuing a job in the medical field specifically. I didn’t disagree with the way my parents made it important to go the traditional route, although having that principle in my life just made it hard for my parents to support me, sometimes even with friends. So I always doubted myself and decided to even stop music for a few years because of the discouragement. But I think I can confidently say now, I’ve learned from those experiences, I just keep trying, because it music makes me happier than anything else.

 

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Q: Your music is generally alternative, who are some artists that you’ve been influenced by?

A: I feel like I’m influenced by so many genres. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock from my dad, and more of R&B stuff because of my mom. I think that’s where my type of music I try to create comes to play. It’s hard for me to stick to one, I tend to mix and match often because I think it’s fun. I’m very experimental, it could be a bad thing sometimes in my opinion lol

 

 

Q: The first song you ever released to the public was “Sucky Notes” back in 2016. What gave you the inspiration to write that song? Were you nervous about how it would be received by the public?

A: Sucky Notes was a perfect example of what I was going through during that time. Being heartbroken was a huge part of the reason why I took my music to the direction it went to. I took sadness and tried to give that comfort to feel good while listening to it too. You know, I’m not gonna go in TOO much detail about it, but I definitely was in a dark place in my life when I created that song. Also during that time, a lot of my friends were encouraging me to release original music, so I gave it a shot and said why not? It’s not my favorite song, but it’s definitely a memorable one.

I was nervous to release it because I hadn’t shown anybody my original songs. So it was a big step for me and my development. It almost felt liberating because I was letting out so much emotion in such a vulnerable time in my life.

I felt like it introduced me to a lot of many opportunities as well. My current music has definitely taken a different direction from heartbreak, though. But I still apply those types of themes in my music.

 

 

Q: Since it’s release, it has accumulated almost 20,000 plays on SoundCloud alone, how does it make you feel to know this many people support you?

A: It’s surreal. I question it everyday. Like, why? I’m just a girl making music on soundcloud in my room. Lol. I did not expect that many people to listen to any of my music to be honest. I started to release my music for fun. When I started noticing that people wanted more, I changed my sense of direction to a more serious path. My supporters are the reason why I try to work harder, without them I don’t know where I would be. They taught me that music was something I wanted to seriously pursue in life.

 

 

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Q: You continued releasing music throughout 2017 and in 2018 released your debut project This is Revival.  Where does this work ethic come from?

A: When the end of 2017 came to play, I started thinking about ways to try to experiment even more with my music. I felt like a lot of people didn’t know who I was just yet, and I wanted to formally introduce myself as an artist.

 

I was only releasing singles, kind of teasing the idea, you know? Haha. Since my audience started gradually growing, I wanted to give back to them somehow. Kind of sending the message out that I’m staying. I want to keep that type of relationship with people that support me.

 

 

Q: Speaking of your newest project, what is the meaning behind the title? Can you briefly explain the project as a whole?

A: “This Is Revival” is my baby. I treated this project initially as an experiment, but the concept of the project itself inspires me a lot. I just sat down one day and asked myself if I was really letting people know how serious I am about music. So I pumped out over 17 songs in a few months and said, ‘you know what, whatever, here it is. This is me. Take it or leave it.’ It started getting fun..

The more I made music, the more I learned how much I genuinely enjoyed it. Granted, I don’t think I’ve reached my entire potential yet, and I have those discouraging moments. But making music is truly and has always been a safe place for my creative senses.

 

Malevolent

Q: Since it’s release, you’ve released your latest song “Malevolent” – can you explain what the song is about for those who have yet to hear it?

A: Malevolent was a really fun project to work on. It’s about evil intent. Not necessarily about anyone specific, but the concept of feeling surrounded by hostile behavior. I don’t know. I can’t trust anyone. Just the truth. But it could mean anything to anybody, which is always the cool part about art. It’s also a single off of an upcoming project with one of my producers. M-Piece.

 

Q: As mentioned earlier, you’ve been out for almost two years – is there any advice would you give aspiring artists when it comes to creating music and staying inspired?

A: I just want to say, we’re all still growing and learning. Don’t worry about what anybody else thinks. Just keep doing your own thing and eventually your hard work/time you put into it will pay off somehow. Be open to constructive criticism, focus on developing your own sound. Look for more influences whether if it is more music, painting, or writing. Stay consistent, and interact with your supporters. Building that relationship is so important. I personally think it’s the best part. Lastly, as corny it might sound, just always try to have fun with it too. If it makes you happy, then why not keep going for it? You might as well make the most of it.

 

 

Q:  Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: To all my long time supporters, thank you so much for sticking around since Sucky Notes. You all believe in me when I don’t, and I appreciate every single one of you! Your support will never go unnoticed, it’s what keeps me going. To all my current supporters, thank you for checking me out, I’m glad you enjoy my music, it gives me some peace in my mind. I feel like I’m letting out a huge part of myself when I release my music, so it’s cool that people want to experience that with me too.


Be sure to listen to Celestia’s newest song “Malevolent” buy clicking here,

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Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. “If people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.” (Eng. Ver)

If you’ve been checking on Arcane, then you are already aware that this week has been dedicated towards artists coming out of Asia — specifically, South Korea. As I mentioned in the letter I released on Monday, I’ve been a fan of music coming out of the country for almost a decade so having the opportunity to speak to artist from there has been a blessing.

Today’s interview will be with South Korean R&B singer jeebanoff. His original interview was posted on Monday but in order for international readers (in this case, us) to learn more about him, he offered to release an English version as well.

Hopefully after reading this interview you will check out his music and even take his advice when it comes to discovering music coming out of Korea!

Read below for full interview:


Click here for original interview.


 

Q: Hello, is this your first time having an American interview? Are you excited?

A: Yes; this is my first interview with American media. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of questions you have about jeebanoff as an artist.

 

 

Q: Would like to introduce yourself?

A: I am jeebanoff, a singer-songwriter based in South Korea. Since my debut, I have continuously made songs based off of genres within the electronic music scene. I enjoy putting R&B and soul vocals on tracks from various genres so I’ve been sharing that blend of R&B vocals and various styles with my audience.

 

 

 

Q: I know you debuted around 2 years ago. How long have you been interested in music?

A: I really started listening and being interested in music around my first year of high school. I spent a lot of my time digging through a bunch of different genres to find a sound that I like – it took a long time but ultimately I ended up focusing on and studying R&B and soul.

 

 

 

Q: Did you always want to be a musician?

A: Well, at least once I began doing music, I never thought about doing any other job.

 

 

Q: Did your family support your decision to make music? Or did you have to persuade them?

A: I spent about three years persuading them. But ever since they allowed me start doing music in my first year of high school,  it has been nothing but support – they’ve believed in me ever since.

 

JeebanoffQ: What advice would you give someone without a support system?

A: When I started out, I had nothing, and like anyone else, I had to go to distributors but ended up getting rejected by the larger companies every time. One distributor told me that in order to draw the attention of distribution companies, typically artists have to start out with a single and follow it up with regular releases to show some kind of momentum. But I wasn’t feeling it.

In today’s market where you need exposure in order to get your music heard, I felt like singles released that way would end up becoming just another song in an overwhelming deluge of releases. I decided to just make a project that showed my true colors – whether I got a lot of exposure or not.  I wanted to make a project that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention from the start with a large-scale promotion, but instead one that spread through word-of-mouth like a favorite hole-in-the-wall diner.

So, promotion was not given at all – I just created a regular EP. As I expected, I didn’t get any attention in the first month. But after a few months I often found myself waking up to news that my album was featured in some of my favorite media outlets. They usually would describe it as a well-developed album by an independent with rich content.

I’m saying this because there may be someone reading this who is just starting out and thinks that if you want to make money off of a song and become successful that you absolutely need a well-established support system. But I’m starting to wonder if we really need that kind of support system if we simply enjoy music and want to create our own art. I think that as long as you do a good job telling a story within your work in a way that makes sense, people will be willing to listen to it.

 

 

Q: How has this experience (starting your career – now) been so far?

A: I’m not exactly sure how to answer this question. But if you’re asking whether things have worked out the way I hoped, I guess I can say that they have. I’ve released an album, got a better reaction that I had expected, received an award, and I’ve personally felt that more and more people listen to my content with each album.

 

 

Q: Since your debut, you have been extremely consistent. Have you always had this kind of work ethic?

A:  I do think it will change eventually. People going through changes is normal. But for now I just want to work on the kind of music that I want to make and write the kind of lyrics that I want to write. Of course there will come a time when I might make music that is more commercially accepted and enjoyed by a larger audience. For the time being, I want to keep sharing what I want to share. Even if I do get more fans in the future, I want them to become my fans through the music that I enjoy and not necessarily through commercialized music.

 

 

Q: Because you are so consistent, is it hard to stay creative (inspired)?

A: Hmm… I don’t think it has much to do with consistency. Solely, because the values of music are what they are, the inspiration for creativity is comes in its own separate situation.

 

 

Q: I know that you are part of the music collective House on Mars. Since every artist in this collective is extremely talented –  do you guys tend to feed off off each other’s creativity?

A: House on Mars is a group of artists that I brought together. I only included artists that I liked and those that have the best chemistry musically. Although we all listen to similar music and we’re able to empathize with each other, all the music we produce individually is different in it’s own special way. I think that’s the most attractive thing we have going for us. I always wonder how we could listen to the same thing and come up with so many different ideas. They are great friends of mine who help open up different perspectives for me.

 

 

 

Q: How do you usually find inspiration for the songs you make?

A: I usually get inspiration from my experiences, especially those that happen while I’m making the album. It can be love, my life, friends, or another person’s story that I found interesting.

 

 

 

Q: Out of all the songs you’ve released: what was the hardest to write? Easiest?

A: The hardest one would probably be “Soft”. A lot went in to that song. From the tempo, to the key, chords, transition points and overall mood it was hard to explain everything that I had in my head to the producer LNNN. I would spend nights going over the rhythm with my mouth to get the idea of what kind of sound sources and rhythm I wanted for the song.

I think the easiest one was “Then We”. I remember the lyrics took 10 minutes to write and the beat was already made, so it was one of the faster projects out of my favorite songs. I remember it was pretty much the only up-tempo and exciting song on the album. Although, of course, the lyrics aren’t necessarily depicting a good situation.

 

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Q: The first song I heard from you was “Polaroid” in 2016 off your debut project So Fed Up. As of 2018, the project has accumulated over 230,000 plays in total. Are you surprised by all the feedback?

A: Well, it’s hard to understand just how much 230,000 really is, but I really appreciate the feedback for the So Fed Up EP. I’m so proud and forever thankful.

 

 

Q: From the very beginning of your career, you seemed to be open to features. How do you decide who to work with?

A: It’s not really so much a decision of whether or not to work with someone. I pretty much decide to do a project if the music is good. Sometimes people ask me for a featuring fee before they even play music. I hardly ever work with them. I guess it’s just if the music fits with me.

 

 

Q: I know one artist you like is Jay Park. If you got the chance to work with him, would you?

A: Yes, I would. It feels like he’s making all of his dreams come true. I’ve never had a chance to talk to him, but if I did, I’d really like to work with him.

 

 

Q: I’ve been listening to K-Pop for about 10 years. Right now, in America – I can definitely say there is a new wave of interest in the genre. (thanks BTS).  Are there any musicians you would like to see get more recognition in the western world?

A: There are many respected artists in Korea. The most disappointing part is the language barrier. I think that just as Koreans listen to American pop, if people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.

 

 

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Q: Would you ever travel here to promote your music in the future?

A: I would be honored. It is a country I have never been to before, and I wonder what kind of music Americans actually enjoy listening to, singing and making. When I get the chance to share my music with people there, I am curious to see what their reaction is.

 

 

Q: Before I forget; Congratulations on winning Best R&B & Soul Song at the Korean Music Awards! Did you expect that win?

A: Thank you. And no, I never imagined it, so my acceptance speech probably sounded really dumb. After that I decided that if I ever get another chance, I’m going to have to be really prepared.

 

 

Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: I think the only goal would be to complete my studio album. I certainly hope I can do it.

 

 

Q: Last, but not least. Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?

A: I think I’ll be able to continue to share music that I like with you as I’ve been doing. I really appreciate that you all show interest in whatever kind of music I bring to the table.


 

Make sure to follow jeebanoff on social media: SoundCloud, Instagram

To listen to his latest project Karma, click here.