We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love it. It’s what keeps me going and makes me feel alive. Before deciding to make my own music and share it with the world, I didn’t have the drive and the passion to continuously strive for something better. However, once I started to make music, it has given me an unquenchable thirst to pursue a better sound, better music, and better connection with my listeners. Asides from being a producer and performing musician, I am a board – certified music therapist. Using music, I work with a variety of individuals to aid them in their treatment process, help them achieve a better quality of life, and provide an expressional outlet. As much as I find this work rewarding, it is also an exhausting, and draining, job. Making my own music has allowed me to find the drive and passion I need to keep going without being burnt out.
I want my music to be able to reach, and connect, with those who listen to it. I believe that music is a language of its own and hope that I will be able to proficiently express my thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a relatable way for all who listen to my music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I recently released my new single, ‘Wavy’ which is my most recent work after my debut EP titled ‘Oxytocin’. ‘Wavy’ is a single that portrays sounds and cool, Summer vibes completely different from what ‘Oxytocin’ had. ‘Oxytocin’, on the other hand, is a three track EP that musically portrays various stages of a romantic relationship. Coming from a multicultural background, I’ve witnessed, and experienced, various types of relationships. I tried my best to merge the different emotions, and thoughts that I had from those events and translated them into music. Both ‘Oxytocin’ and ‘Wavy’ are available on various streaming platforms. I always had the desire to create, and release, my own music. However, I was hesitant to pull the trigger. I went to Berklee College of Music for my undergraduate studies where I saw incredibly talented musicians from all over the world. This experience, as much as it was motivating, was very intimidating. I quickly realized how much I lacked and that there was so much more I needed to learn. When I started my studies at University of the Pacific, I had the opportunity to work with the student-run label, Pac Ave Records, to become the artist of the year and work with them to get my original music out to the world. I realized that this was an opportunity that wouldn’t come frequently and jumped on it. That’s when I started to approach music making more seriously and produce my own music.
The biggest challenge for me was fighting the voice inside my head. The voice always told me that I wasn’t good enough and that I lacked in so many areas. I still fight with it to this day and I doubt that it’ll ever go away. However, I’ve come to realize that without putting my music out for others to listen to, I will never be able to overcome that voice in my head and I won’t become a better musician. Currently, I’m taking things one step at a time and striving to keep making better music one song at a time.
I want my music to be able to create a connection with those who listen to it. I’d like for it to stir emotions, make people reminisce about past memories, and help them get lost in their thoughts. Hopefully that happens and people will start to react to my music, I’d love to hear what they think about it and how it affected them. That way my music becomes more than just 3 minutes of sound but becomes a living piece of art.
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.
This is a tough question because I’m a homebody. The COVID-19 pandemic made it even worse so I’ve been at home for as long as I possibly can. I’m currently in Stockon, CA so there’s not too much going on over here. If I had a friend who came to visit, I’d probably take them to a few food joints that I go to. First would be Thahn Thahn sandwiches for some Banh Mhi, Mama’s Pho for some Pho, Gallo’s Taco Truck for some tacos and burritos, and after that, my friend would have to try really hard to convince me to leave my house.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give credit to the Pac Ave Records team at University of the Pacific. They were the ones who helped me be able to get a jumpstart on my career as a music producer, and performing artist. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to successfully release my debut album, ‘Oxytocin’, in a time efficient, and well-organized manner. Aside from their incredible work ethics, all of them are such great human beings. Thanks to all of you at Pac Ave Records!