Fans of Grimes and Sia will want to pay to our premiere of June Junior today. She’s releasing a video for her song, “Teenage Love”. No doubt it will make you a fan, but she provides even more perspective on her history and the video below. It will give you more of an appreciation of what she’s doing. Check out “Teenage Love” below and read what June Junior has to say.
Music has always been something very close to my life that I also always wanted to push away. As a girl growing up with a white dad and Korean mom, I never saw people who looked like me in American television, music etc. Even now if you think about who the most famous Asian American singer is you have to dig into the indie world. At the same time, I was drawn to so many other passions that I ended up focusing on making a career in art and film. In 2011 I had the opportunity to join a K-pop group, the nonstop training and new culture I got to explore was exhilarating but the lack of creativity was confining.
It was interesting to finally live in a culture where Asian people were in the media exclusively, where Korean singers were the norm, where my pop star uncle would walk anywhere and be recognized, the kind of celebrity that is unknown to most Asian celebrities outside of Asia. While I was there in Korea training I became close to the group’s songwriter and occasionally I would swing by the studio and write songs to his beats. With a background in writing poetry and creative writing, I realized it was something I was good at but the rigid patriarchal structure didn’t suit my wild American style and I decided to return to America and continue my career designing sets for commercials, music videos and fashion. I poured myself into learning about how to make creative ideas happen, exploring all aspects of video production from lighting, camera, editing and of course art direction.
Along with the rest of America this fall, my life took an emotional turn with two very difficult break ups and a serious reevaluation of how I felt about the direction of my career. I began to write music non stop. All of the things I wanted to say about how I felt just came pouring out. In many ways I think it saved my life and kept me sane. I don’t care anymore if there aren’t pop musicians in America who look like me, I want to share my songs because in my time of heartbreak and need they helped me. With this video and song, that I directed, edited, art directed, styled and co-wrote I want to start letting people know that I’m here to make fun catchy music for everyone. At the same time, I want to show America that musicians can look like anyone. I want to help shatter the bamboo ceiling.
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