While the word ‘indie’ still lends itself to a mis-conception of a certain type of music but don’t be mistaken. The indie scene especially in Seoul is not what it used to be, it’s blossoming and opening a lot of doors for all artists.
One of them being Sumin, a shiny gem amongst the increasing volume of women’s voices in Seoul’s underground music scene. Having grown up in Seoul with a piano teacher for a mum, and heavily influenced by Prince, Michael Jackson, Wind & Fire, it’s no surprise that she’ll grow up to be a musician. Described by her peers as ‘the artist of artist’, Sumin is also a bonafide producer, making music that is reminiscent of 90’s RnB and Soul.
Follow her interview below and watch out 9th episode featuring this breakout star!
HI! let’s start off with - who is sumin?
Hi I’m Sumin. I want to be an artist that isn’t defined by any genre.
WE heard that you were into music from a very young age, how did you get started?
That’s right, I’ve always been around music my whole life. My mum runs a private music academy teaching piano, so it was natural that music would always be part of my life. I was very fortunate in that my parents encouraged my music prowess and supported me in all my pursuits, like piano, violin, opera..I’m very thankful to my parents for that.
Wow, that must have been a great childhood! How has growing up and living in Seoul impact your music?
I was born in Seoul and the city inspires me a lot, while it gives me a lot of passion, it also gives me plenty of melancholy feelings too. These mixed feelings has definitely contributed to my music creation process. It’s hard to explain, but when I create a complicated rhythm, these mixed feelings naturally finds itself onto the track.
Seoul is a dynamic city to live in. Sometimes you feel a lot of love and warm feelings, and sometimes it’s a wicked city, where you feel the cold, unfriendly feeling and your connection to others feel mechanical.
Looking through your Spotify and Instagram, you have been releasing music consistently in the last few years. What has been the most impactful moment so far?
Since my first full-length album ‘Your Home’, everything has changed dramatically. It’s changed me personally and also in terms of events, it’s such an important milestone for every artist. I’ve witnessed my personality changed and find that I also know more about the people that I love. It was such a huge project, so there were many trials and errors. This is definitely the most important moment in my music career and it’s an extension of my personal memory.
Is there somewhere other than Seoul you want to perform at?
I don’t have any specific place. I would prefer a place where I can monitor myself better. Because when I have a poor monitoring experience, I have to spend more energy to live up to the expectation. I think it is hard to enjoy a performance 100% as an artist. When I have a good monitoring place, even though I don’t have a good condition, I can perform 200%
what’s your plan for the future?
I want to concentrate on not just my music. When I first started my music career, many people helped me, and now many fans know who I am. So, my plan is to do the same and support people who are in similar situations as I am. Many people inspires me when I create music, so these kind of thoughts makes me very happy.
describe your music in 5 words
Love&Hate / Habit / Toothpaste / Sound of eating / The way of cleaning