Our fifth #TYC2017 artist is PH-1. He is an upcoming rapper who combines upbeat melodies and hopeful lyrics in his songs. pH-1 recently signed to H1GHR Music and is lined up for greatness. Find out how he overcame challenges and how his faith keeps him going everyday.
Name: pH-1 (pronounced P. H. One.)
City: Seoul, South Korea/ New York, USA
Q. What city are you from?
A. I lived in Seoul when I was little, I moved to the States and lived in New York for 15 years. I am back in Seoul now.
Q. Who or what inspires you to pursue music?
A. I started learning piano when I was little. I was in a band and I love the guitar, drums, saxophone and other musical instruments. Music in general was my favourite before hip-hop.
Q. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had as being young in this industry?
A. My biggest challenge was that I didn’t know anyone here in Korea, and started without any connections because I moved to the States and lived there for a long time. Also, cultural differences.
Q. What inspires you to create your own path?
A. I am Christian so my love and belief in God is my motivation.
Q. Can you share any inspiring words to young creatives like you?
A. Go where you are aiming for and make your goals clear. It is totally okay to do music if you love it. But it's better to be clear on what you want to achieve with your music.
Q. How old were you when you knew this is what you wanted to do?
A. I think I got serious about it when I was a freshman at university.
Q. How did you get to where you are today?
A. I lived just as other people do in New York. I studied really hard to get a nice job, went to a good university and indeed got a nice job. After graduating from Boston College, I studied to get into dental school. Afterwards, I changed my career path and worked as a web developer. But, there was a moment where I felt like I couldn’t live without working in the music industry so I decided to come to Korea to try my best. I think I made the right decision!
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. I think I express what I see and what I learn from my life through my music. I find it important to have groove and to be melodical. I am not that interested in intense and tight raps anymore.
Q. What sets you apart from others/ makes you unique?
A. I try not to put any swearing, sexual stuff, drugs, and money in my lyrics. I think it is the easiest way to see how my music is distinguished from others. I just hope my lifestyle and my believes are evident through my music.
Q. What’s the most memorable thing that’s happened to you in your career?
A. Before moving to Korea, I visited for 10 days to perform at my friend Owen Ovadoz's concert. Whilst I was in Korea for 10 days, I met many artists and big agencies. I think that was the biggest confirmation for me. I felt like I could work here. It can work. A year later, I signed to an amazing label after moving to Korea (T/N: H1GHR Music Records). I think that was the most grateful thing that has ever happened to me!