Shihori Interview with Muzique Magazine
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
When I was 7, I was on a bus on our way back, with all the grades of kids and some parents. Everybody except for me was enjoying karaoke like monkey park. I didn’t join it at all, just sit quietly because I was Asperger and I had no friends. Someone asked me to sing a song at the very end, although I didn’t know any popular songs, I sang one song learned in kindergarten in a cappella.
The next moment, I saw something very shocking. Monkey park turned to perfect silence, everybody stared at me and stopped like a picture. I wasn’t sure what was just happening. That moment was the first time that I realized the world outside of me and other people’s hearts. I started writing songs probably after that day, without music education.
People stopped every time I sang in front of people since after that, when I was 17, my best friend told me “your singing is amazing, please spread the love to the world by your singing” after the same thing happened at the karaoke contest of school festival. Her word stunned me like thunder, I thought “oh, that is my mission! I’ll be a professional singer!”.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My mom has been my best fan for the longest time. Happily, Japanese fans especially in the anime, game, idol music industry had evaluated my works. I hope the American audience will do as well.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I moved to NY from Japan in 2018 to seek bigger success in my musical career. I was super passionate and ambitious but establishing my career (or entire life) from perfect zero without any connections was way harder than I imagined.
The way you think, communicate with people, small things to big things in life in general… common senses in working with musicians… so so many things were too different from Japanese culture’s, both in a good way and bad way too. I was beaten up sometimes and I lost all my confidence in everything at a point.
As I experienced the tough and fun NY concrete jungle, I tried to improve my musical style to adjust American pop market, and I found that I needed to learn the culture or structure of the language to rebuild a foundation. That was really hard and fun that I needed to break what I’ve established in my country and construct a new life and idea. I started to enjoy that process and started to wish to evolve my self totally different creature level.
Then I titled this album “MUTATION”. My manager told me that sounds kind of negative since it’s used for the description of the virus. But I thought it’s rather perfect because it’s been pandemic time right now. Viruses keep mutating themselves to survive, spread and affect people’s life. Although I don’t wanna be a bad influence, of course, “MUTATION” seemed to me that represents my adventure in America.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I think this whole adventure in the US after establishing my career in the Japanese music industry is absolutely the greatest challenge in my life. Some of my colleagues warned me not to screw my career and stable life. But “stable life” felt really unattractive to me.
I wanted to keep evolving myself and discovering a new world. It’s very risky to start over everything at my age, but I prefer taking an adventure to be stable. My greatest attribute is that I always respect music so I put all my energy and talent into one song no matter how much I would get paid or how big or small is that project.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Definitely, I am!
What are your plans for the near future?
I will complete some collaborations I’ve been involved in, aim to get placements, and start making new singles and music videos.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
I thank everybody I met in my life!! Each of you guys formed currently myself and I love this life that has been created together!! Also, I am so excited to see it grows in the future as well!!
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Just believe in yourself. Don’t be defeated by immediate worries. Invest your precious time and energy into the paths to become who you want to be in the long run!