[as originally published on ventsmagazine.com]
Kloë Shinn is a Korean/Canadian singer, songwriter and producer who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. As an accomplished songwriter, Kloë has worked with such major studios as Disney and Universal during the course of her career. Her music has also been featured on numerous hit TV shows, like “Dancing With The Stars,” “Love & Hip Hop,” “The Real Housewives,” “Queer Eye” on Netflix, “The View,” and many more. When it came time for the theme music for Meghan Markle’s film “Random Encounters,” Kloë was chosen to create music and give the future Dutchess of Sussex’s romantic comedy that fairytale feel.
Kloë is now shifting her focus from behind the scenes to sharing her new sound with the world as a solo recording artist. She’s currently gearing up for a release of her brand new 6-song EP entitled “My Own Mini Album.” The title of the EP is a play on words that partly references the EP’s lead single “My Own,” which was released earlier this year, while also acknowledging her endeavor into this new musical pursuit she can finally call “her own.”
How would you classify your music?
Definitely at the core I would say what I make is pop music, but I blend it with many different genres such as folk, R&B, and soul – to name a few.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, John Mayer, The Beatles, Whitney Houston (to name just 5).
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Not to sound cliché, but I truly want fans to feel inspired and take away the knowing that they are beautiful, worthy, and can do anything they want to if they just set their heart to do it.
How’s the music scene in Los Angeles compared to Canada?
It is different. Both have different strong points, if you will. Every music legend has walked the streets of Los Angeles and made music here. That makes it an extremely inspiring atmosphere and also challenging all at once, because everyone comes here to “make it.” Canada breeds music legends in its own right but the music scene definitely has a more familial feel to it. Canada goes hard with its support of Canadian artists and art.
What do you feel is the hardest part about being an artist?
The hardest part of being an artist is the daily grind of it. Like any field or craft (especially those of an artistic nature), it comes with many ups and downs. It requires a lot of hard work and determination to make the dream a reality. You’ve got to overcome the daily grind and struggles of being an artist by focusing on the love for what you do.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Hardest question ever! I saw The National play once and they were so good. Leonard Cohen. Alicia Keys in concert was so amazing as well – she’s just such a talent. The list goes on! When playing live myself, my favorite part is just connecting with the people and having the chance to feel their response to the songs… that energy!
Can you tell us a little more about your upcoming release “My Own Mini Album”? Is there a song that stands out as your personal favorite, and if so, why?
This upcoming release is a 5-song EP that I’m excited to share. It’s just a little taste of what’s to come in 2019. My personal-favorite song on it is “Skies Turn Grey.” It’s the most vulnerable song on the mini-album and sets the tone for the music coming in the new year. It’s my favorite because it talks about the internal struggle many people face. Most of the time, the really difficult battles are merely within a person’s mind. The conclusion of the song is essentially getting to that point in your thoughts where you either break down or break through — then choosing to break through.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
Specifically this year I feel I’ve arrived at the most authentic place is my songwriting. Simply put, I’m excited for fans to hear the new music.
If you could meet, perform, co-write a song, have dinner or drink with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
Michael Jackson would be a dream collaboration. An artist that’s alive – I would love to perform with Coldplay. That would be epic.
What’s 2019 looking like for you?
It’s looking like tons of new music, and other song-writing/production projects as well. I’m very excited for the new year!