We had the good fortune of connecting with Greisun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greisun, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My business – being songwriting, producing, playing instruments,and performing, has the ability to transcend way further than the physical aspect of listening to a song or watching a performance. The words I choose to write, or even just the notes I choose to sing, when used intentionally, actually have the ability to create a spiritual response in someone, to pass on a feeling or energy, to send a message that words can’t even comprehend. I think music is such a powerfully universal tool. A person across the universe from me could hear a song, not even understand the language i’m singing in, but still feel the emotion and relate to what I am singing. I think we’re all more intuitive and alike than we allow ourselves to believe. I’m learning the power of this but also the weight and responsibility that I have, to ensure that everything I release is intentional and genuine. I’ve always wanted to help people through my music, it’s never just been about the music. If i can bring joy or peace to even just one person who hears my music, then I know my purpose is being fulfilled. I’ve always felt a larger than life responsibility to do something meaningful for other people and be a part of something bigger than just myself. I’m still learning the exact form which this will take on, but I do know that it’ll be through genuine creation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is ever-changing and feels different every day, but I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I think it means I’m connecting more to what i am creating, and that my art is becoming more and more entangled with who I am as a person. There was a time when I would write songs about what now feels very mundane, things that I didn’t even always connect with. There’s only so much you can say about certain topics, and I feel that for so long I was not reaching far enough, not looking inward to create, and rather, was looking outward trying to find what would “sound cool” or be a “hit”. I’ve only recently been more particular about what I create. I’m learning to be honest with myself in every moment, even if it doesn’t sound pretty or simple. And some days maybe it does! On some days, writing songs about partying and sex and drugs are fun and are genuine to myself in that moment, but on the days I’m not, i’m learning to dig deeper and create from that place. Nothing about a career in the music industry is easy, haha! But it’s well worth it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think the biggest struggle is the stamina. To keep going after every single no, or negative opinion, but those are the times right before your biggest successes come! My dad has always told me that right when you’re about to give up is actually right when you’re closer than ever to breaking through. I think about that a lot.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is a miraculous place, to say the least, haha. It’s definitely got something for everyone, and if you get bored of that thing, you’ll find something else to obsess over or feel lonely about. Or someone, for that matter lol! All jokes aside- LA is a place unlike anywhere else and I feel blessed to live in this city. Advice to anyone visiting: 1. Pura Vita- the BEST Italian food in LA, and it’s 100% vegan! 2. Erewhon- when you’re feeling like spending a lil extra money for extra healthy and organic food, take a trip to the greatest supermarket of all time. 3. A local donut shop – you can find one on any corner of LA, i swear! I randomly love coffee from donut shops. 4. Go hiking, go to the beach, get outdoors! There are so many beautiful, nature-filled places in LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I accredit my parents for a vast quantity of the things I have accomplished. I grew up with two musicians as parents, who not only enriched my life with music and creative energy from the time I was very young, but more importantly gave me encouragement, support in all ways, and have never given up on me. There’s a level of love, support, kindness, patience, and understanding they’ve poured out into me and my sister’s lives that I can only hope to match in my own relationship to others. I’m beyond grateful for their faith, positivity, and for teaching me and enabling me to work hard at whatever I set my mind to.