We had the good fortune of connecting with REHMA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi REHMA, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
This is what came to me naturally. There was no guidebook on how to take on an artistic or creative career, it just felt like I was moving with the wind. I did what I loved and worked hard to get better at it, and it ultimately paid off.
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 am a singer, songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. As cliche as it is, I’m one of those musicians who’s been at it since before they could even remember and made it their DNA. I am South Asian American artist, so expressing my narrative is deeply personal and important to me. I just released my debut EP, Mercy in August of 2020. I think just being myself has got me as far as I am today. It came with a lot of challenges especially through the pandemic, but what matters is the way I was able to persevere from them and still release the project! My intention with music is really just to heal. Music has allowed me to do that, so I want it to hold that same space for those receiving it. One of the best things i’ve done so far as a musician is not only create the songs, but use the songs to build a platform and spread love. My music tells its own cathartic story and allows people to resonate but in return I get this bigger platform and I get to use it for something even larger. I remember holding a digital listening party for my EP release and we raised $800 for the Black Immigrant Collective. I think moments like that are definitely why I do this. I think a lot of people see the music industry as this machine that only pumps out manufactured hits now, I think my songs remind people that there are still musicians who allow the art to remain a force that is supposed to unite people. At the end of the day, I know the world will see me as a universal, authentic artist, who is fueled through love.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is a diverse place so we have so many options. I’m definitely a foodie, so we would probably start by getting some brunch that week at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. After that we could get some greens to smoke, paint, and take pictures at Everett Park. We could stop by some flea markets in Silverlake. I think i’d definitely find a day out of the week to eat the spiciest rice cakes from Yup Dduk in Koreatown too. If we’re feelin’ like we need to save money, we’re getting tacos from Leo’s taco truck. Ideally, we get some time at the art exhibits and museums that my friends invite me to. We’d also hit The Echo to hear some music that week because I saw Yaeji there on my 18th birthday and it was incredible. To finish any night off, we could get some drinks at a speakeasy in Venice Beach and hit a house party to meet my friends there. Overall, imma just make sure you have a great time with me and are taken care of.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think i’ll have to shoutout my family for this one. That includes all my friends that know they’re my chosen family. That includes my supporters as well. I am just super grateful to be surrounded by so much love and unconditional support because this industry can be particularly lonely and isolating. So shoutout to my family for keeping me on the ground and allowing me to embrace myself and my art authentically.
Photos by Tyler Borchardt / @tylerthegirl