We had the good fortune of connecting with Aizhou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aizhou, how do you think about risk?
Raised in China in an engineering and entrepreneurial oriented family, becoming a musician living abroad was the last thing that was expected. Having lived in six cities, my adventures have been challenging but so exciting. Risk and uncertainty have always kept me on my toes but have also pushed through my creative boundaries and made me become the most courageous version of myself professionally and personally.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being bilingual and multicultural, I believe that my music is a bridge between Chinese/Eastern and American/Western art and cultures. I write in both English and Mandarin, and my original songs and compositions can be heard in commercials, toy products, film, and television all around the world. Being an Asian woman in the entertainment industry presents its challenges but I have been lucky to have had amazing support from my friends and communities. Working hard and being kind can really get you very far, and of course, authenticity is in the center of everything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
DTLA is a wonderful place to start, and I’d start with the Last Bookstore for shopping antique/rare books, Amoeba for seeking out vinyl records, Grand Central for yummy street food then finish off at Little Tokyo for my all-time favorite mochis. For the Fairfax area, I love LACMA as I am a fan of contemporary art, and we can walk to the Grove for some much needed shopping therapy. For my friends who love outdoors as much as I do, I’d take them to Vasquez Rocks and Malibu Creek State Park for some wonderful hikes and views.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Blythe Schulte has been my best friend, collaborator, and she inspires me every day for the last three years. Thank you, sister!
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