We had the good fortune of connecting with Korynn OC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Korynn, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
As a child, if you were to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was always easy, “pop star.” Not much has changed haha. Singing and performing have always been a passion of mine and as I got older I became in love with writing songs. My biggest goal is to touch as many people as I can with my music. Writing music has helped me get through a lot of hard times. I want to touch people through my writing and live performances and hope to tour the world one day soon to meet people who like my music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Music and performing have been embedded in me since I was a kid. There’s just something about being on stage that really makes me feel alive and I think my live shows are what sets me apart from others, I really pour my heart into them. There’s just this energy on stage you get to feed off of which is so hard to replicate in the studio or livestreams, which is a challenge I’m learning to overcome. Growing up, I always saw myself as a performer first but now that writing has become such a focus in my career, I really see myself as a performer and writer equally. Writing songs has become an outlet for me, its personal and vulnerable and ads so much to a live show. There’s certainly been challenges over the years, pursuing music isn’t for the weak minded. There’s been plenty of times where I’ve questioned myself, my art and how peers would view me. But over the years I’ve come to learn that you can’t impress everyone. Some people will love your art while others despise it. But if YOU love your art, that’s all that really matters, and you’ll end up finding the people who love it too. This year has been pretty exciting for me so far, I’m actually going through some changes, with quite a few songs ready to release this year. I’ve gone in a more indie pop direction compared to my electronic heavy pop and have some exciting news in store, which you’ll find a clue of later in this article!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Omg I love when friends come visit and I can play tour guide haha. Day 1 – Day in Santa Monica and Venice with lunch at The Waterfront, it’s super fun to people watch there! Spend the evening at The Bungalow. Day 2 – Day in Japantown, must stop at Fugetsu-Do for Mochi! Do some sight seeing like Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign. Day 3- Disneyland! Go with me and we’ll hit every major ride by noon. Day 4 – Day in Malibu with lunch at Nobu then end the day with some drinks and bites at rooftop bar Mama Shelter in Hollywood. Day 5 – Bar hopping in Hollywood. There’s so many places that are unique to the area. Some of my favs are Harvard and Stone, No Vacancy, and Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. Then there’s must-see-at-least-once places like a bar themed like the Cantina from Star Wars and a Tim Burton themed bar. Day 6 – Late lunch/early dinner at Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong for kbbq in K-Town (a MUST HAVE IMO) then dancing at night at Clifton’s Republic downtown or whatever party / show is happening, there’s literally always something happening (at least pre-covid there was). Day 7 – Lunch at Tony Khachapuri then shopping at Melrose trading post! Bonus: If you make it out to Long Beach, check out Arize Bistro. Amazing asian-fusion brunch! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, my parents! They’ve supported me through everything, put me in music classes early and have always believed in my dreams. My dad and I even play countless of shows together (he’s a guitar player with his band K-Doh & The Doh-Nutz!) I’ve also been thankful to have great mentors, Jeri Brown, an amazing jazz singer, was my vocal coach when I studied at Concordia in Montreal and Vixen Noir, an expressive performer and artist, took me under her wing to show me the art of creating a great live show. I also do a lot of work with Best of the Next who’ve really taken me to the next level of promoting my music. And of course, every single person who listens to my music, all the friends who support me, I couldn’t do any of this without them!
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All photos by Bella Guerra