Son Soo-Yeon (18) is a singer-songwriter signed to AllBlue Records. She officially debuted with them in February 2020, but prior to this worked with other artists on music she released on SoundCloud. Throughout 2019, she worked as a producer and featured as a singer on fellow upcoming artists' tracks. She became close to singer-songwriter and rapper KURO who's signed to AllBlue Records in 2019, and she then joined the label a year later.
Disclaimer: These are very basic questions we ask every artist to get to know more about them in order to write our "Who You" segment on Instagram. All the artists often get similar questions. We would normally not release this as it's not a full-on interview but we thought it might be good to do so.
A lot of artists opt for a stage name that differs from their birth name, but you chose to stick with yours. Is there a particular reason for that?
When I started SoundCloud I had to decide on a nickname but I had never thought of an active name, so I just wrote my real name in third person. I like that my real name is now my active name, so I have no plans to change it yet.
How would you describe your music to other people?
My music is still growing, so I'm trying out a lot of different genres and fields. I just explain that I'm doing various kinds of music.
How did you start doing music?
Since I was very young my sister sang and listened to a wide variety of music genres, but naturally we enjoyed it together. I think that's when music became one of my favourite things. I started making music in middle school.
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Different artists have different approaches when it comes to making music. What is your creative process like?
The production process seems too complicated to put into text, and these days I'm mostly inspired by everyday life or other artists' music and videos!
What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day?
I try to make music almost every day, but if I feel like I'm nearing burn out I take a break.
What other activities or hobbies besides music do you enjoy doing?
I like to draw!
Have you ever struggled to express your creativity? Is there anything that you think is a hindrance to your creative process?
I think getting feedback is sometimes the biggest thing that can be a hindrance to my creative process. But then again, no equipment or studio can fully show 100% of what I want to show in terms of my creative thoughts. That kind of thing makes it a struggle sometimes, too.
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The music you’ve released so far seems to have a common theme of love. Some lean towards heartbreaks and break-ups, while others are more light-hearted and sweet. Do you write music based on your own experiences? What other things inspire you?
Usually I write based off of my own experiences, but sometimes I write based on a topic or a story (like a novel)! I don't just write love songs!
Your lyrics are also a mix of Korean and English. Is there a reason you use both languages?
I think that you definitely need to use more than one language to give your listeners better nuance.
I watched the music video for “How to love” from your most recent EP release, “Selfish”. The use of colours and graphic elements were particularly memorable, given the motif of the track is about a relationship that has simmered out. What was your artistic vision behind this music video?
Actually, the music video for that song doesn't have a huge hidden meaning, and I didn't put all my energy into writing it with continuity, haha. I just focused on making a video with a cool vibe.
How to love - Soo-Yeony
Which trend(s) inspire your current work?
These days, I watch various videos uploaded to media platforms!
Could you describe your most unforgettable performance? How did you feel before and after the performance?
I think it has to be the Prism Hall performance where I met DEEPFLOW for the first time! It's always sad when it's over, but it's fun to get to know so many good people.
What do you think makes you stand out amongst all the other artists in the scene?
I think it's my tone and top-line.
What’s next for you? Do you have any plans you can share with us?
Keep an eye on my socials!