Eun-kyung Heo (29) is an R&B singer and producer signed to Dynasty Musik. While she originally only had music as a hobby, she began to pursue it more formally and started studying music in America. She's now making music in Korea, and we interviewed her to find out about being an R&B artist, and her music-making process.
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.
Could you tell us more about your musical journey and how you got started? What would you be doing now if not music?
I've liked singing since I was young, but I only sang as a hobby. However, I went to New York to study abroad at age 21, and I started studying as a piano major and dreaming of being a composer! If it wasn't for music, I would be a model by now. I used to be an aspiring model.
Your music generally contains a lot of sentimental lyrics and sounds. What imagery usually crosses your mind when you're creating? What do you get inspired by?
When I work I try to capture the many emotions I'm feeling at that moment - when I'm touched by people I meet, or by nature, paintings, movies, etc. It seems like that's when I make new songs.
Polaroid (feat. Jimmy Brown) - Wildberry
You take charge of composition for your music as well. Lately there have been a growing number of producers in the scene. How do you think you set yourself apart from everyone?
I have been producing on my own for about 5 years, so I think I know well enough about my voice and the genre I'm pursuing. I think I've started sketching tracks while thinking about how to make them naturally stand out.
You're also part of the duo VIEW with Jade Key. VIEW is more focused on the electronic and synth pop genre, whereas your own music leans towards R&B. Could you share a little more about your production process? How is it different working with someone else versus working alone?
Making R&B music in Korea is a big challenge for me. Since it's a groovy genre, there has to be a lot of rhythmic melodies that might better suit English lyrics. At first, I was reluctant to do R&B as I wasn't sure about the genre.
Currently, I'm listening to overseas artists like SZA, H.E.R., and Jhené Aiko, while trying to focus on creating R&B tracks with my own colour.
Sunrise (feat. EunBii) - Wildberry
Is there a new genre or a new style that you want to experiment with but haven't had the chance to yet? Are there other artists you'd like to work with?
When I collaborate with other artists, I think I use more energy. I'm usually very chill so it takes a while for me to get excited, but I think collaborations are an opportunity for me to explore new styles or genres that I haven't tried before. I'm going to try and keep collaborating! These days I've been listening to a lot of alternative music, so I want to try some psychedelic genres.
The artist I'd like to work with right now is Wonstein!
What are your goals for this year?
I'm preparing singles and EP albums that will be released in the summer, so I want to grow as an artist by shooting more content and videos, and by inspiring others. I plan to film a lot of live videos too!