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Meet Yuki Kodo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yuki Kodo.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved here in Los Angeles in 2015 with one big suitcase. I was born in Japan in 1996 and raised there until when I was 18. The reason why I decided to move all the way across the country was because how much I was inspired by many English artists more than I was by Japanese artists. I’ve been wanting to be a singer ever since I can remember. My dad used to be a musician, and I had so many opportunities to be in touch with music because of him. I was such a cheerful, active, and positive kid. I used to stand on the class room’s table and sing in front of everyone when I was in elementary school.

However, as I grew up, and developed my potential and positivity, people started to hate me and sensitive about it throughout my middle school era to high school era, and It eventually tended to bullying. They didn’t bully me the way physically, but they hurt me mentally, and it was continued for 4 years. I didn’t even care in the first place as I said I was such a positive person, but the 4 years turned me into a negative and insecure person. Before then, I didn’t know any of English artists, but when my parents got me a new phone, I started to watch YouTube. This made me start to be interested in listening to English artists. Throughout a day, I found a song called Skyscraper by Demi Lovato. I can’t describe how much I appreciate this song. She is telling us how important to be strong no matter what. As I much sympathized and was inspired by the song, I became aware of who I really am. No matter how people think of me, this is me. I am positive and confident person. With this in mind, I started to think who I really want to be. That was the moment my journey was about start.

Please tell us about your art.
My art is music. Sometimes people ask me “who do you like to sing?”. When I do covers, it is very spontaneous. I cover the song because I’m related to. I cover the song because I sympathize. I cover the song because that’s something meaningful to me. There is a moment while I’m listening to music that I feel like “that’s it. I need to cover this song.” I’m not craving to cover all the hit music just to get more viewers, or for success. In my spirit, I’m supposed to tell the story through music. I respect every artist has own way and has own stories, but I’m not related to all of them. And right now, I’m more focusing on to create my own music which I haven’t revealed yet. I write songs, I produce music, I record music, etc.

I love doing everything by myself because I know how I want those to be. I have complete image every time I create something. As I said, I’ve been through a lot of tough situations in my life, and a lot of people let me down. But only music didn’t betray me. So, I want to keep it up as much as I can. As I was inspired by many artists, I want to inspire people. I want to give people hope and light, as I was given.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think music today is getting meaningless, which for example, that’s over produced by someone else. And I feel like a lot of music today is made for just making money. I guess it is very severe concern, and I know that is important too, but I really appreciate people who try to write and tell their own story with their own words and their own style. Also, I know there is a challenge for people financially too. I know it is tough. I’m totally on the same page if you’re struggling financially. Especially when you were from outside of the country or if there is a language barrier, that makes it as twice as harder. And people think that when it comes to music, it cost money; recording, music videos, etc.

But to be honest, I have never ever spent so much money on music. Because first of all, I don’t have that much money I can spend. Then how do I do? I go out and make connections with people, make friends. I have a friend who plays guitar for me. I have a friend who takes pictures for me. I have a lot of friends who helps me out when it comes to the things I can’t be done by myself. But I’m trying so hard to put things together and do it by myself as much as I can. I write songs, I record and mix songs, I film and edit music videos, I create own website, etc. I guess this creativity helps me financially. I know a lot of people wants “high quality” of videos, music, and what not. But honestly, it doesn’t matter. What matter is that people see you put efforts to express yourself and how unique you are. And it’s free to express how you feel through music. It doesn’t need to be legit at all. You can use your phone and just do it. They are so many artists out there, spending a lot of money making legit music videos that’s not even good. Do not waste your time, and do not waste your money.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I often post short clip on my Instagram, and sometimes I post videos on YouTube. Every single information’s including New post on Instagram or YouTube are updated via my official website.

Instagram: @yuki_kodo

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