We had the good fortune of connecting with Haruka Ishii and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Haruka, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Completing a song that feels like I said more than I could in “normal” sentences makes me happy. Whether it be because I have something holding me back from saying something to a certain person, or just the fact that it is unexplainable and cannot be fully captured without song, this feeling brings me so much joy. Hearing it as a fully produced song is definitely the cherry on top but even keeping them in my own secret world brings me peace. Another thing that makes me happy is when one of my friends would send me a song they think that I would like. Every time the song would play, not only do I get to experience what the artist was wanting to share but I get a cute fuzzy reminder that someone had the thought of wanting to share it with me. I love adding soundtracks to moments of my life and so getting to add to my library of choices I get to pick from helps me also achieve the feeling of happiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer-songwriter which means that the world gets to know too much about me, with the easiest access ever. Every singer-songwriter has their own story to tell and they get to decide how they want to tell it. I still haven’t figured out my favorite way to communicate my thoughts through songs but my favorite song I have ever released is my song “running”. Every word in this song came from a place of honesty about my relationship with love. People associate songwriting with being vulnerable but it honestly feels more comforting than that. I get to release so much energy in words that sometimes would only make sense to me. I got to where I am by doing what I love. I don’t really know which came first, oversharing with people around me or oversharing through song. Either way, I know there are words that come out of my mouth that people don’t really need to know but it is out in the world. Luckily, society has encouraged music and sharing our deepest thoughts and so people don’t question it as much if there’s a great chord progression behind it.
My journey as a singer-songwriter is still continuing and growing. I don’t ever see myself not writing my feelings in melodies. I have had the opportunity of writing for other artists and that is probably one of the coolest things to experience. Hearing someone share your story and not having to attach my face, is such an interesting feeling.
Something I’ve learned on my continuing journey as a singer-songwriter is my learned love of feeling my emotions unapologetically. Songwriting has allowed me to have more opportunities to get to know myself. I feel the most in tune with myself when I am on my notes app on my phone typing away choruses.
Everything I want the world to know has been or will be released in song. I would be honored to be able to share my life and to add onto the soundtrack of their life.

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?
I would take my best friend to my 3 favorite spots that have the best views. I can’t disclose the location because I really don’t know the name of the location, I only know how to drive there. Before we get to the second location, we would get ice cream at my favorite spot, which is Handel’s. We’d head off to dinner (yes we went to dessert first) to my childhood ramen spot called Eboshi. I think that is a pretty solid first day. It sounds super relaxing and a good way to introduce the places I like to go to for a guaranteed good time. The following day I would definitely take them to Little Tokyo. I’d have to show them this awesome clothing store called Japangeles, and grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants they have. On the way back if we’re still hungry, I’d stop by at In-N-Out because you can’t come to California and not have it. We would get a cheeseburger with chopped chillies, a neopolitan shake , well done fries, spread, and peppers. If you don’t take a bite off the tip of your yellow peppers and squirt the juice on everything, you’re doing it wrong.
If it were my best friend visiting, most of the rest of the trip would be spontaneous. We would probably end up at the Hollywood sign and go to all the touristy spots for the fun of it. We would most likely go karaokeing and go take a nice drive where you can see the amazing beach views. We would end the trip off by crying because my best friend is leaving but we would get some boba to make it a sweet cry.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my parents who have supported my music career. Although it started with my mother putting me in voice lessons because she was unable to stand my off-key singing, I am beyond thankful for their love and guidance.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haruka.m.i/?hl=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqk-rqJl1sZmv7EfX6ILc9g

Other: Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/0orp6D30HNf4sQS7GfWvOS?si=aDNbUpdXRLOPhk9m1kYW8Q TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@harukaa_mi?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v2 Email: haruka.m.ishii@gmail.com

Image Credits
Aimee Uchida

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