The Breeze: Who Is Kira Sohn?
A Brooklyn songwriting duo is ready to unleash their talents on the world. Catch a rising star in Kira Sohn.
Given the topic of “anything” and being asked to write 500 words is a fantasy task that just doesn’t happen anymore. I was excited, being asked to do something seemingly so simple. Although I’ve kept journals sporadically throughout the years I had to admit- it had been a while. To expose pieces of my own life experience seemed befitting for the task at hand but I hesitated, and internally questioned myself. Did I really want to play show and tell with my own inner thoughts? Was it anything worth writing about? Hell yes.
Single In The City
My perspective on life is a unique one and at twenty-seven, I can attest to many things. For one, I can vouch for single women in the city who say it’s insanely hard to find a boyfriend/mate/companion- it absolutely is. Not saying there isn’t a plethora (yes, I had to use an SAT vocabulary word, I’m writing an essay for the first time in ten
years) of men in New York City, there is- in fact that is exactly why it’s so difficult.
Us women, we love choices. Give me the opportunity to choose between two things and I will gladly do so- I don’t care if it’s brands of toilet paper, I will hem and haw until I’ve made my final decision (Charmin strong, obviously). The thing about choices is if there are too many of them, I get choosier. With so many different features, options, and variables to consider I could spend days researching and trying things out before I make a selection (I’ve learned to stay away from indoor malls and Costco).
Apply that theory to men in the greater New York City area, and women suddenly become experts- like F1 race car drivers at an auto show. The sheer amount of men we’ve been exposed to and “test driven” per se, has led us to believe that all are inferior. We are forever on a quest to find that “dream” car, I mean, man. We are always looking for the next best thing- the perfect guy with just the right amount of everything with a little bit of something else to sweep us off our feet, and take us to those clouds and that castle we’ve been dreaming about for twenty or thirty-something years. News flash- that is not going to happen.
Let’s be real- love in the beginning is always fantastic, and chances are you will be wrapped up in those indescribable feelings that come along with it. But what’s really going to keep sustaining those feelings is the love of a different kind- self love.
If we focus on the love we can give to ourselves individually as women, it won’t matter what happens around us. It won’t matter that it’s almost impossible to find a mate in a city where you can barely tell the difference between a tourist and a native. You’ll have found satisfaction in finding a mate in yourself- at the end of the day,
that’s who you live and die with, partnerless or not.
So ladies- let’s turn not on the men, but on ourselves and begin to give that love we’re reserving for the perfect Aston Martin db9/man (your pick) to you.
Thank you so much for having us. BIG Shouts to Killing the Breeze! Thank you for listening and showing support – Music ain’t nothing without you, without us, the people.
We are very excited for our upcoming projects, there’s so much great material we’ve been working on so stay tuned! Looking forward to dropping a feature length debut EP album Summer 2014 and a Mixtape to follow. No joke sitting on HOT FIRE for days.
Please take a listen and drop a line, keep in touch we’d love to hear from everyone. www.soundcloud.com/kira-sohn
I feel grateful for the relationship I have with music. It has single handedly created abundant joy and happiness in my life. I feel so lucky to have come from a musical family, and to have the opportunity to even pursue music. When I visited the Philippines, people thought it was crazy of me to have studied music in college. This is considered a great privilege, a luxury. See, everyone there was studying nursing or engineering with the hopes of being able to get off the islands. Shit is real. The struggle is real. They say the grass is greener, but I know how green this Brooklyn grass is. It’s DAMN green. Enough to put it in the air one time please light it if you got it. Then legalize it and go start a farm on your roof cuz I’ll be doing the same.
To me, music represents a connection. A connection to yourself, a connection to others, a connection to the intangible. Yea sure let’s get paid out the ass for doing what we love right? But whether or not I ever make a dime from it, I’ll be goin innnnnn. #truestory.
For me, it’s all about the process. Take Kira and I for example. We spent almost one full year making track after track, sessions every week. You could say that the 60 to 70 songs we have recorded are what we have to show for ourselves. But I know what we really have to show is all being internalized. We are learning the practice of making music together.
It’s like studying kung-fu. You train, learn your techniques, master them, and then use them. We’ve been training, and it’s time to kick some ass. I can’t believe how much garbage music is out there. But the amount of amazing inspiring music is just as great, and it weighs much heavier, really giving me the drive to conquer. It’s definitely the journey not the destination. Grammy’s come along the way, they’re just hitchhikers, not the landmarks.
Quality Over Quantity
I’ll take a gram of LOUD over a zip of shwag anyday. The same applies to music. And originality is KEY. I just try to follow what feels best, collab with those that challenge and inspire me, and stay dedicated to this art.
Shouts to the talented Adrian Lau – soundcloud.com/adrianlau and Blu York @officialBluYork the Sky’s the Limit.