Today we’d like to introduce you to SNG.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Picture beer-stained carpets, the smell of Marlboro cigarettes seeping through the cracked front door, and gatherings of first-generation immigrants grilling on a hot summer day. My story starts in the poor neighborhoods of Haltom City, Texas. Even after moving to the suburbs, my brother and I would still visit our local Blockbuster, the Asian market, and drive our go-kart to the Sonic drive-in. It was the 90s and seeing two little Asian boys riding their go-karts around town with no helmets was normal.
At the age of nine, my parents moved our family to a sweet little town in West Michigan, where I lived out most of my childhood, teenage, and young-adult life. I went from a multicultural community to be one of the only people of color in town. On top of being utterly shy and being the “Chinese kid,” I also had to navigate the whole gay thing. Through trials and tribulations and trying on several wigs (I was “into” wrestling and girls), I found my own identity and passion in music. That passion led me to the beautiful city of Los Angeles, CA where I live my dream as a pop artist and songwriter.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Imagine rubbing lotion on your legs two days after shaving; that’s how smooth my journey’s been. While I’m doing everything to moisturize my life, things seem to always come and prick the path. I have a roof over my head and I’m able to eat daily so I am grateful. A friend told me that I would never hit “rock bottom” and I think it’s because I’m a fighter and survivor. *Cue “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child* It doesn’t mean I’ve never had bad days because I definitely have, but I always find a way to push through. I’d say some of my biggest struggles have been finding myself and giving too much of myself. Life has taught me to simply be true to who I am and to be kind but not weak.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
WNFM has said, “The sonic imprint of the track teeters somewhere between electro-r&b and (tasteful) dubstep influences, complete with an ass clapping bridge that brings the melodrama down to a commercial pop mainstay.” I’ve been fortunate to enjoy features on WFNM, 91.7 WVXU, 88.5 WMUB, Radio Artifact, OUT Cincinnati, Out TV, Out TV Netherlands, and my visual work has been featured in BILLBOARD and V Magazine.
You don’t see too many people like me in mainstream music and I’m here to change that. Through my weird perspective and particular pop sound, I plan to make my mark in the music industry. Pop music is my forte in which I find so much joy in creating melodies and writing lyrics. Toplines seem to come to me naturally and I have the most fun creating them. My friend and collaborative partner Glass Battles (check his music out, it’s insanely epic) reminds me often that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. Good words to live by when you’re in this bizarre industry.
I’ve been having tons of fun with my latest release “Corner Store”, an 80s inspired dance pop song — imagine Carly Rae Jepsen meets Tiffany. I am currently shooting the music video and the song comes out this Friday, February 28th!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t like to dwell on the what-ifs of life because every decision I’ve made has gotten me to this beautiful place I’m in. However, I will say I would have started sooner.
SNG – Photography & Graphic Design
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