Did the music bug bite you at a young age? And what were some of your musical influences growing up?
Both my mom and my grandma studied to be opera singers but due to an ancient outlook on the profession and fate, neither of them fulfilled their dreams. I grew up in a musical family. I learned to sing as I was learning to talk. My first words were in song form, “Lucky Star,” from a TV advertisement. My musical influences growing up were limited to Korean folk songs and hymns as I went to a Christian boarding school where I was not allowed to listen to secular music.
Can you share some of your process for putting Illusion Of You together?
The album writing/recording process started late 2011 and was completed in early 2014. I recorded in New York with Jean-Luc Sinclair who I co-produced the album with and in LA with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics). Dave co-wrote a couple songs with me, sang, played guitar on a few numbers, and executive-produced the album. I also spent some days in Lenny Kravitz’s studio in the Bahamas to record half of the final vocals. When I was reaching the finish line, I wrote a few more songs and reworked five of the mixes with my friend, producer/artist Stuart Matthewman. My heart is full of gratitude to all of these amazing friends for giving this girl a helping hand throughout this crazy long process. There were more obstacles and more drama in the making of this album than all of my previous albums combined, but you can’t make diamonds without pressure, as they say.