We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Chun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. My family and I moved around a lot within the city, so having to make new friends and adapting to a new environment became a normal thing for me. Chicago has extreme summers and winters, which are big contributors to the unification of the city. For example, when it’s snowing outside, everyone and their neighbors are shoveling their driveways and sidewalks. Everyone’s late to work or school because of the traffic in the slippery streets. I believe that helps build character for the city – to struggle together and to overcome together. My family and I faced many challenges and hardships when I was growing up. Everything from the loss of family members to financial ruins to battling addictions. When it rained, it definitely poured. However, I do believe that there is a purpose for everything that happens – and ultimately as a person of faith, I believe that God works through my hardships for my good. With that said, I carry that with me in my music. I share my story that ultimately points to a bigger story.
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 think everyone has a unique story, and I’m just fortunate enough to share mine through music. One thing I can say about my music is that it’s honest. When you listen to my songs, you will always have a greater understanding of who I am as a person, not just an artist. I’m proud of the bodies of work I put out because each of them represents a unique chapter of my life. Music is unique in that songs become timestamps, and yet feel timeless. Depending on what mood you’re in or what circumstance you’re living in, a song hits different even after listening to it multiple times. I got to where I’m at with the help of many selfless individuals who believed in me. From music producers to videographers to graphic designers, and everything in between – I couldn’t have put out the projects I did without them. (Special shout out to those who contributed to my projects – love y’all.) It was a tough and lonely road, but I kept at it because I loved it and believed in what I was sharing. Ultimately, it is truly by the grace of God that I am able to do music. I would want the world to know just that – I do what I do because of the unfailing love and grace of Jesus Christ. That’s the brand.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Korean BBQ in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Street tacos in East LA. Catch a live performance at the Greek. Take a road trip to Lake Arrowhead and enjoy a nice cigar and a glass of whiskey on the porch of an AirBnB in the woods.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do without the support of my mom, Christine. She’s been my number one fan from the start. She’s the most selfless person I know, and truly displays what real love looks like inside out. She’s always singing and dancing to my songs, and giving me great feedback and attention to details. What I get from her, I put into my music.