As Suzanne gears up for the release of her next EP, she took the time to speak with us about her music-making process, inspirations, and goals for the future.
First, could you introduce yourself for our readers?
Hi, My name is Suzanne. I’m a Korean musician based in Seoul. I sing, write songs, play piano, design sounds, teach music, and sometimes score visuals/films. Of all the things that I do, my favorite is to create my own music.
Random facts: I’m a cat lover, coconut water devourer and some people might think it’s weird but my favorite food is raw seafood. Tuna tartare, sashimi, oysters, ceviche, poke, and so forth!
What got you started in music?
Well, I grew up in a musical family. My mom majored in classical composition in college and she used to run a piano academy. Also, my dad had a passion for singing. So I grew up listening to lots of different music. Lots of Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Kenny G mixed with Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, and so on.
I would wake up to some music every day because we pretty much always had music on. I think it was natural for me to want to become a musician.
How would you describe your music?
I believe that my music reflects my academic endeavors in film scoring and electronic production, as well as my studies in jazz piano. So you might think that my music varies a lot stylistically from song to song. Like some songs, you would find it to be jazzier and another song might sound like a chill electronic music. Or sometimes you wouldn’t even know how to categorize my music as I like to incorporate a lot of different elements and textures.
I think it’s hard to put my music into a single category. But If I have to, I think R&B would be the closest genre in general. R&B with a little twist. Lyrically, I feel that my music is honest and introspective. I like to think that my music makes people think. I think It’s best to listen when you’re by yourself.
What’s the process of creating a song like for you?
It varies. Sometimes I would start writing on the piano, sometimes on my computer by making a synth sound, or sometimes I would start writing by reading my notes first. But no matter how I start to write, the process comes very naturally. It’s like my consciousness and unconsciousness talking.
The most important part of my songwriting is conveying my message effectively. For the listeners to empathize, think, and feel the message that I put into my songs. To do this, I put a lot of work in setting the right instrumentation, tones, and textures of my music.
Do you have a favorite song you’ve created?
Although all my songs out there are equally important and precious to me, (as I only put out my favorites), I especially had a lot of fun producing the track “We’re All Made of Dust” from my new EP. I layered so many different textures like acoustic guitar, white noises, synth layers, and brush drumming- sounds that you wouldn’t normally hear together in a single track.
Also, it carries the message that no one is perfect that each and every one of us is precious and sufficient. I hope you could check out my lyric video for the song! (I am planning to drop it one week after my new EP release).
Did you have any particular inspirations going into your most recent project?
For my new EP, it started with one question: What would be the right distance between you and me?
I wanted to talk about the stories of all of us. Our imperfect beings facing each other and the emotions we experience through those relationships. A lot of my personal experiences and honest notes have been my inspirations for this EP.
What plans do you have for the future?
In the near future, I hope to be on stage, performing my music live for the first time. I would love to see occasional performances scheduled on my google calendar, as I am a google calendar fanatic. (I write everything on my calendar. If it’s not in my calendar, it won’t get done!)
Between teaching music at a college, finishing up my master’s thesis, and doing some side projects, I haven’t had much time to focus and build my artistry. I really want to try investing more time in my music from now on.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I have always been told that I am too sensitive and think too much. Growing up as an introspective kid, I struggled with that a lot, but now I have embraced that side of me and started to see it from a different perspective. Maybe that’s what makes me believe that my music is sincere and honest.
I poured my soul into my songs so I hope you can listen not only with your ears but your heart as well. I hope my song can become a special song for you to come back to over and over again. Nothing would make me happier than that.
Do you have anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
I hope you can find things that make you smile during this tough time. Whether it is watching cute cat videos on the internet, making good coffee in the morning, or writing a screenplay or songs- something you wanted to try for a long time but never got around to. It’s the little things that make you appreciate life more. Please stay healthy and strong ♥️