We had the good fortune of connecting with Abe Song and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abe, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I like doing music more than other things, and I think I can do the most amount of good with music. I like the idea of doing good in other ways, maybe as a doctor or an engineer, but I just like the idea of it. I actually tried to make a career switch to medicine. After graduating with a music degree, I worked as an EMT. I took some math and science courses to fulfill pre-medical requirements so I can apply to medical school later. I also got a part-time research assistant position at the Keck Medical School at USC. I’ve been there for almost two years now. I had to do it to know that I didn’t want to do it. I think it was worth all that time and money to rule out a different career. Now I don’t have to wonder, “What if I pursued a medical career?”
Some people can do something they’re not passionate about and be okay with it. And I admire that quality a lot! But I can’t do that.
I’m grateful I’m doing something I really enjoy and care about.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a composer, producer, and pianist. I can perform and compose in different styles in a convincing way. I could play a Chopin Nocturne, or improvise on a jazz standard, make a trap beat, and also compose a very atmospheric and cinematic ambient score.
I’m still new and learning a lot. First, I went to college to study classical composition. I wanted to get a doctorate and be a professor someday, but that changed near the end of my college years. I tried going for medicine like I mentioned earlier, but found out that I didn’t actually want to go that route. I just kept thinking, “I could be spending all this time and money on music!” I’ve earned that work is very often about the people that are involved than the work itself. So I’ve been trying to connect with people first then think about the work.
It’s definitely not easy, and I’m still trying to over the challenges. I used to worry too much about making a move, whether it be emailing certain people or getting started on a big project, and put it off for too long. Now I’m much more comfortable presenting myself and my work to anyone. I still make the mistake of waiting too long to go ahead with an idea, but now I’m better at catching it sooner and confronting it.
I would want the world to know that I’m trying to do some good in my lifetime. And it can make whatever decisions it wants about my work. I just hope it’s something positive.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take my friends to Koreatown for Korean food first. Tofu soup, Korean bbq, and Korean fried chicken are probably the top three dishes I would get with my friends.Then we’d go on a trip to the National Parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Joshua Tree. Then I’d take them to small beaches and coves around here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to my family first, then my friends. They see me first for who I am and not for what I’ve done. Even if I’m unable to achieve anything tomorrow, they’ll still be my family and friends.
Other: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/abe-song