Q: I heard it’s your first time at the Gala AND you’re performing tonight! So how does that feel?
A: I’m really nervous. It has been so long since I’ve been doing this and I’m always nervous, but for every one of my performances I just want to have fun with everybody and I hope they feel the energy and that no one gets hurt.
Q: You’ve been releasing songs quite a lot this past month, are you building up to something?
A: Piece by Piece, my EP has been coming up. We have one more song left. We have five out of six so the next one’s going to be released some time before January, right before my tour. Honestly, I just want to keep making music and putting it out there and hopefully wherever the fans are, go tour their city and just share the energy and the fun with them
Q: Can we count on you performing any of those songs tonight?
A: Yes you can, I will be performing one of the songs from the EP and a throwback.
Q: Earlier this week, you released “Ready for the Ride,” love it, I totally got 2000s vibes.
A: I love 90s R&B and I was listening to Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and I just love that sound so much and wanted to dabble in that and see what I could do with it. I actually wrote the song in 30 minutes because my sister was coming to pick me up, I didn’t have a car at that time, so I was like I have to write this fast and the producers really banged that one out.
Q: You mentioned tour, and you are going on tour in January, is there anything you can tell us about it? Like what to expect?
A: I’m trying to switch it up right now. I have a lot of people who are my day ones and people who are just discovering who I am, so I’m trying to kind of mentally figure out how to bring everyone together and in the end I want everyone to have fun.
Q: Nice! Okay, one last question, how does it feel being Asian-American coming to an event that celebrates and recognizes Asian American talent?
A: Being Asian-American, all I want to do is, if I can support something like a cause, that’s what I want to do. And now that you mention it, I feel proud of myself at this moment that I’m here, that I’m trying to represent all Asian-Americans out there, and if I can just add to the army that we got then I want to be apart of it.