WW: Hi Kristine Sa, how are you?
KS: Hello, WildWritings.com! I’m pretty good now that I am on
Christmas break. I’ve been quite busy with school in the past few
months and they are working us hard in our last year. Guess we really
have to earn that degree! But yes, I’m great now.
WW: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up?
KS: I was born in Vietnam and grew up here in Toronto since I was
very young. I spend large chunks of time in NYC every now and then
when I get breaks from school to work on music. And... I think pigs are very cute. Sorry, I couldn’t find a good transition.
WW: What sparked your interested in music?
KS: I’ve always loved music. I mean besides the fact that I grew up in a really musical family, I also find that music is one of best mediums to reach people. For me, I listen to a lot of music that I don’t understand lyrically because it’s in different languages and I find that if it’s sung with heart, I can always understand exactly what the singer is saying to me. I think it’s beautiful the way that works. I love how instruments and voices can carry stories. In a super-mushy, sentimental kinda way, I think of it as a universal language that connects us all.
WW: Where do you draw the inspiration to write your lyrics?
KS: Mostly from my own life. Lately I’ve been writing things that I can’t say. I have trouble expressing my emotions to people directly sometimes and it just gets bottled up. So, in a song or a poem, it’s my cowardice way to trying to reach them. It’s also my way of telling my stories and sharing it with others who could possibly relate to it. I’m thrilled to find out when these stories become something special for someone else.
WW: What type of music did you enjoy while growing up?
KS: I loved listening to power ballads. I’m a total sap. Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, even Debbie Gibson had a nice ballad or two that I liked. Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever admitted that. ;p
WW: How did you feel when Nemesis Records signed you to the label?
KS: To be honest, at first I felt a lot of mixed emotions. I was nervous and unsure of what I was doing. I knew l loved writing and singing but I wasn’t sure if I was good enough to fit into this business. There are high expectations from people watching and I am rather shy at times. On the other hand, my attention-seeking, spontaneous side was thrilled at the idea of getting onstage soon and trying out something that I’ve been watching all my life. I think I still feel somewhat the same. I mean, I am sure that I love to write and perform but when I get onstage I have the same mixed feelings. My shy self still wants to hide behind the curtains, or go home and write songs in the basement alone.
WW: How was your experience recording your first album, I Never Knew?
KS: I think the first album was about finding a way to do this. For me, it was a lot of playing around with different sounds and testing out how many different sides of me I could show at the same time. What I mean is, there were piano ballads mixed with trance/dance/verse tracks. I knew what I wanted to say I just didn’t know how to say it. Plus, it was a journey to find my working relationships. There was a lot of drama behind the making of I NEVER KNEW. Luckily, it all ended very well and we (Nemesis producers/musicians and I) not only learned more about each other but we grew closer. That’s the best thing that came out of that process.
WW: Tell us about your current album reBIRTH; what type of music can we find on it?
KS: reBIRTH is a collection of new songs, remixes and rarities. Half the album is filled with new songs that we’ve been working on in the last couple of years with great musicians like talented producer/song writer Dave Liang, R&B/Hip Hop producer Rick Steel, and Nemesis’ own jewel Omegared. There are hot remixes by the UK’s DJ Simonz, and young DJ Jinnai. There is also acoustic versions and re-recordings of rare favourites. Of the new songs, I would say that this album has a much brighter feel to it. I would dare to say it even reveals a lot of my newfound happiness and independence.
WW: Thanks Kristine, good luck to you!
KS: No thank you! It was definitely my pleasure. Happy Holidays!
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