We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaimee Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaimee, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from South Korea. I grew up listening to classical music even before I was born, thanks to my parents who are the big fans of J.S. Bach. I started playing the piano since I was 3 years old, and composition was a part of my hobby back then. Music’s always been a part of my life. My uncle is a conductor of the best choir in Korea and he’s helped me form my musical ability and intelligence. I went to one of the best Arts high school and music college in Korea, which helped me to change my attitude towards music. I built the cornerstones while learning there. I listened to a diverse genres of music and literally, lived with music. I never regretted that part of my life.
I have a big family, who live literally everywhere in the world; they’re in Sydney, London, Amsterdam, Milan, Buenos Ires, New York, and here in Los Angeles. So I was lucky enough to travel and experience new things from an early age. Naturally I was exposed to a lot of different cultures, especially art. I love arts and going to galleries as much as I love going to concerts. It’s a fun fact, but I used to be a beauty Youtuber as well, and I started drawing from a few years ago as well. Just I love simple yet difficult joy from enjoying art. It’s been the good upbringing impact to choose this career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First of all, I’m from South Korea, and this Korean quality in music naturally became one of uniqueness in terms of style. Also I’m from classical music so I have this deep foundation in music. As much as I love classical music, I love other kinds of genres in music and learning them. And profound understanding of classical music made it easier, and even more interesting. Also, t might sound cheesy, but I’m in love with finding beauty in life. I started drawing a few years ago, and I love designing from little cards to interior, taking photos, and doing makeup. Knowing other forms of art better allowed me to understand the music better, especially media music that involves other kinds of art. I didn’t realize this could be a huge impact, but a president one of great managements told me that I write music as I draw and vice versa. And that was a really meaningful comment.
It’s definitely not easy to conform to the new world, I’m still learning and struggling. However, I’d say staying humble and curious when it comes to learning and absorbing made me able to overcome the challenges the most.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I briefly mentioned the question before, but having music around myself in the whole life is all thanks to my parents. They not only just let me experienced a lot of music and other forms of art, they truly supported me with whatever I’d like to do. I’m not just saying this, but I would never imagine pursuing this career without unconditional love and support.
There are so many great mentors and friends who taught me a lot; I wish I can ‘shout out’ to everyone. But most recently I met a great mentor in my life, Lolita Ritmanis. She’s a living super woman, who successfully balanced work and life, as a composer and a mother. I learned a lot of techniques for music, but I wasn’t fully sure about my music. While learning with her, she taught me how to learn as a composer in terms of not only musical technique, but the attitude towards music, the importance of staying curious and being humble, time management, and how to deal with emotions and etc. I grew to like my music, and became more ready to live as a composer. Also, just having this amazing woman in this world means a lot.
Except the Profile Picture 8 photos 1. Conducting in Silent Zoo Studios 2. My Studio 3. In LA 4. In Sydney 5. When I was a beauty Youtuber 6. Me drawing things 7. My room. All the paintings here are drawn by me. I used my music stand as easel, haha. 8. Me playing the piano