Q&AZN: Banana Magazine Sits Down With SOSUPERSAM
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, editors Kathleen Tso and Vicki Ho of Banana Magazine are taking over Milk with eight different features, highlighting some of their community’s best and brightest creatives. First up? SOSUPERSAM, photographed by Joonie Jang for an earlier issue of Banana.
Kicking off our APAHM Q&AZN series, we check in with singer-songwriter and DJ SOSUPERSAM before she hits the road on May 10 for an 11-city singing tour through North America. Sam’s R&B-inspired sound reminds us of our own upbringing within the culture and genre. She’s carved her own path and career as an independent music artist and built an incredible community in LA in the process, most notably through her monthly 143 parties. Listen to her sophomore EP, Priority on Spotify and iTunes (our fave is “Drip”) and catch her on the Priority tour now.
I grew up in LA, moved around a bit, but back in LA now.
APA creative you look up to?
I look up to Yaeji. I love what she’s doing, the music she creates, how she carries herself, and how she incorporates her heritage into her artistic expression.
How has your heritage played a part in DJing and singing?
Filipino family parties are a weekend ritual and characteristically full of music, karaoke, and dance routines. I think growing up in that environment gave me early exposure to DJing, dancing, singing.
When was the first time you realized you connected with your heritage and felt that sense of pride?
When my friends and I first started throwing @143is, our slow jams party in LA, I realized how much my R&B upbringing also really resonated with other Filipino Americans. Our crowd is multicultural for sure, but heavily attended by fellow Filipinos and has that family party feel.
Featured image courtesy of Joonie Jang
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