We had the good fortune of connecting with Naiomi Sounds and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naiomi, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote is “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ― Rumi. To me it means that when you are truly aligned with your purpose, you will feel it in your body, mind, and soul. I believe that our subconscious is constantly sending us messages through our thoughts, our dreams and even our physical bodies. Our journey is to then interpret this guidance and create a path for ourselves on which we are able to experience what we love in its entirety. The pull that we feel internally is meant to teach us how to flow and how to trust our intuition. When we are in direct communication with ourselves we can feel peace. Although it us much easier said than done, I like this quote because it constantly reminds me to follow my heart, and to put my trust in the unknown.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have known from a very young age that I was meant to share my art. I have been writing songs for over 20 years now and it has been such a healing and transformative way for me to express myself. I write music that is meant to leave you with a life message. I share what I have discovered in the deeply painful and the honestly beautiful experiences in my life in hopes that I can help others navigate their life and emotions too. Sometimes I feel as though my songs are channeled through me and I am just the messenger delivering an important message. I am extremely proud of where I am today professionally and it was not an easy journey getting here. I grew up in a small town in New Mexico where there weren’t many opportunities to expand my music career. Eventually when I was 11 years old I moved to the Bay Area with my mom and two younger sisters and then to San Diego on my own when I was 18. During college I sang in A Cappella groups and at open mics and gathered more knowledge about music, performing, writing and people. I have spent the last decade making friends and networking in San Diego and focusing on putting together the puzzle of my life. I’ve been so blessed to meet some really great artists and creatives and in addition to my own desire to succeed, these relationships have truly encouraged me to grow into the truest version of myself. I am now recording professionally and releasing my original music and I am as grateful as ever to have the opportunities that I do. I believe in divine timing and have learned that practicing patience and gratitude along the way makes life so much more enjoyable. I have always trusted my musical journey and as long as I am working hard, constantly evolving, loving the process, I am happy. As an artist and creative, it has never just been about me, I create to heal the world.
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?
After settling in on the first day I would first take them to Ocean Beach to grab some Tacos! Ocean beach is full of food vendors, locals, tourists, and lots of music, laughter, and sounds of the sea. There are some really great bars in that area too so it is pretty easy to stay busy. By sunset I would take them to sunset cliffs to watch the sun go down with one of the most beautiful views in the city.
During the week, I would want them to experience the restaurants in the Convoy area which has all types of amazing asian food. There you can find ramen, sushi, boba tea, soft serve ice cream and even hot pot! I would also want to show them the night life in downtown and Little Italy. There we could find a great restaurant to eat at and then bar hop around the area at tons of amazing places.
I would take them to explore Balboa park, Mission Bay and La Jolla shores. Just a few more outdoor places that I love. In Balboa you can find art museums, food, and beautiful gardens. In Mission Bay you can rent a kayak or paddle board and have an awesome daytime adventure. In La Jolla, you can explore caves, wave to seals and even go snorkeling.
If there were any kinds of life music events going on, we would definitely be found at a nice outdoor venue with some fancy cocktails.
In our down time, we could meet up with some of my friends here and play board games, go for a swim, or watch a movie.
There is always something to do in sunny San Diego!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shoutout to my good friend from college! His name is Sterling and he is an amazing producer and artist. He goes by the name Hippihollywood. He was the first person to ever help me record my vocals, mix and master my music and help me learn how to release my first tracks on music platforms. We have always had each others backs and I know he would do the same for me if he had the opportunity.