Toronto-raised Pisceze makes music for the soul. Of Korean and Japanese descent, Pisceze always felt like an outcast but she eventually came around to embracing her unique features and then, discovering her passion for music. Since the release of Pisceze’s first single, “What’s Your Sign,” in 2019, she has been a phenomenal artist to watch evolve over the past several months. If you haven’t yet, we strongly recommend you check out her singles “Lay Up,” “Superstar,” and many more.
In our latest interview, we had the opportunity to chop it up with the wonderful Pisceze about gravitating towards music, her latest single “SAD,” and evolving over the years. Read the full interview below.
Can you walk me through your childhood, what was it like growing up for you?
I’m Korean and Japanese. Growing up, I always felt like I was different so I look a bit of both. So when I go to Korea people ask me like why do you look like this and vice versa when I go to Japan. I kind of used it to my advantage because different can be good, you know? It wasn’t until high school when it kind of clicked and I started appreciating my features, my hair, and enhancing them in my own way.
How did you initially gravitate towards being an artist and who were some of your influences at the time?
Even with music, my dad used to play every instrument and my parents put me into piano lessons. I didn’t really like it because I didn’t know how to play notes, but I could play it by ear. Growing up, my dad especially wanted me to be in that music side and that inspired me to create music.
When I was younger, my parents would play a lot of Guns & Roses so I feel like that me grow up on a lot of rap and punk rock music. My first favorite band was Nirvana when I adjusted to what music is to me. I simply fell in love and Kurt Cobain is still one of my idols today. I feel like his music is more of a feeling than a structed thing so it didn’t really matter what he said in a song but rather what he made me feel in that moment.
Can you tell me about your craft as a songwriter? Is it easy to translate your feelings into music?
I feel like all creatives live in their head a lot. There’s some times when we just overthink everything and I feel like that writer’s block makes you think too much about what outside people are going to say about your craft. If you think about the future, you get anxious but if you concentrate on the present your aligned. When I’m writing songs, I kind of use my emotions and let it out. Even if it sounds like shit or garbage, I’ll still put it in there because it’s how I feel.
Most recently, you dropped the visual effort for “SAD,” what was the inspiration behind that record?
The inspiration, of course, was me being sad. Sometimes you just feel defeated and it was funny because I actually recorded that song by myself. Everything of that song was organic, I gravitated towards it because I was in that mood where I didn’t want to do anything or talk to anyone.
I’m a big believer of when you stress out, you should just pray and meditated. I took a bath, laid my crystals, and mediated then this song just kind of came about.
With everything being a bit isolated over the past year, what do turn to for peace and happiness these days?
Mediation, prayer, and God. Nothing beats that!
Looking back on your very first song, how have you evolved since you started creating music?
I only started last year, I was a songwriter for a couple of artists and my very first song was with an artist I use to write for. He was the reason why I began to push out music and I really didn’t take it seriously at first. I released my first song and after that, I kind of just fell in love with making music and having someone message me and saying they fuck with my songs. My passion is really to just help people and just hearing that my music touches someone makes me feel good. I feel like that is one of my biggest drives to keep making music.
In regards to 2021, what do you see yourself accomplishing in these coming months?
I want to release more music, keep creating vibes for people. My biggest goal in the music industry is to have a record with Bruno Mars. I feel like he’s just amazing, influential; he just makes feel-good music.
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