As an American with Chinese and Korean heritage – how do you merge these influences to your work?
As an American with Chinese heritage, I think it has helped me a lot with my work. It really helps me to be able to connect with more fans around the world as I am able to express myself much easier. Also, it makes it easier for me to make songs in different languages for my fans to enjoy.
You’ve also dabbled in acrobatics and martial arts. What are your interests, hobbies, and inspirations outside of work?
Yeah, I was put into lessons when I was still a trainee, but I really enjoyed the experience and never really looked at it as a class or lesson. Ever since I was young, I really liked to move around and play sports. Coming to Korea, there aren’t many places I can go to do the activities that I enjoy, so I guess my hobbies right now would be computer games. Haha.
What’s your creative process like?
I am not a person that comes up with things right away in the studio. I have to sit there for hours – maybe days to come up with something. But when I hear a track, I would listen to it a couple of times and think of what topic of what theme I would want to write about. From there, I start to think of melodies and lyrics after that. It can take a few days for me to write maybe a couple of lines.
We hear that you spent a number of years in Paraguay and Brazil. Give us a glimpse of your life before moving to South Korea.
Right after I was born in America, we moved to Brazil and then Paraguay. I spent my whole childhood there but I don’t remember much. After that, I moved back to the States and entered Kindergarten. I graduated 10th grade before moving to Korea and started the next chapter in my life.
What makes Seoul exciting?
I really enjoy eating Korean food! And knowing that Korea has a lot of stores that open until late and past midnight is really exciting because whenever I get hungry past midnight, I can always order in.