We had the good fortune of connecting with David “Yungin” Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David “Yungin”, how do you think about risk?
Without risk, there is no reward. If we don’t ever take any chances, we will never find what were capable of.

I feel every risk ive ever taken in my life has eventually become a lesson or a blessing.

Without taking the step to attend Engineering School, I would have never realized this is what i wanted to do professionally.

Without going on Chalice’s facebook page and cold messaging every employee, I would have never gotten the interview which led to the position i am in now.

Without leaving the comfort of the studio that I worked at for 6 years to work with Hit-Boy, I would have never won back to back Grammys.

With every risk thats successful, i’ve been able to be more confident in the next endeavor.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my career professionally, fresh out of Musicians Institute, in Hollywood. I graduated top of my class and I still struggled for 2 years to find work as an engineer. My first internship was at Chalice Recording Studio, which eventually turned into a runner position. I was a runner for 4 years before I could actually set foot in the studios with the big names. That eventually let to an assistant engineer position, which let me to being an engineer at Chalice.

I left Chalice in 2017 to work with Hit-Boy and somehow we both ended up residents of Chalice. We have our own rooms at Chalice now, and its crazy to roam the hallways thinking of when my job was to vacuum them.

Every step of the way was very difficult, there were stretches of time where the thought of giving up was part of my everyday routine. I’ve had more losses than wins, but when I look back on my life, i wouldn’t have done anything different.

I hope whoever reading this can find courage to pursue their dreams. I hope someone can read this and understand that they aren’t alone, and anything worth achieving is worth working for, no matter what it takes.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It would start with a tour of the studio. Just to show them something that they probably wont be able to see otherwise.

I would show them around Koreatown. Chapman plaza, Koreatown Galleria, all the hole in the wall joints, and the late night karaoke spots.

Maybe Santa Monica or Malibu next, just because I feel like any tour of Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beach.

Recently, i’ve been really into golf, so i’d prolly take them to some of my favorite golf courses around LA.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family.

My brother, Joe, who relentlessly cheered me on, no matter what my focus was pointed at.

My parents, who came to America with $600 in their pockets and made a living, who showed me what the fruits of hard work and dedication can look like.

My wife Connie, who pushes me to be better every single day, to see things in myself that I never previously comprehended.

and a special shout out to Hit-Boy who always believed in me and trusted my sound.

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Devin Williams

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