10 questions with Misao McGregor

How did you get into creating music?

I grew up in a musical family so music has always been a part of my life and the sole way that I’ve been able to communicate with those around me. I started songwriting when I was 12 and within the last couple of years, I started to learn how to self-produce my own music from home recordings which has been really challenging, rewarding, and empowering.

Where do you get your inspirations from ?

Musically, I grew up listening to so many different artists across a variety of genres. If anything, my inspiration comes from people who are constantly trying to unravel themselves through their art. If an artist is committed to showcasing exactly who they are without having to sell anything about themselves, that’s the kind of art that really stands out to me.

Use three words to describe your music!

Sensitive, soulful, a modge-podge!

What’s your favourite song of yours and why?

This is a really hard question! Off of my debut album, my favorite song is “Eventually.” I wrote it a couple of years ago, put it down, and then returned to it. And the message still rang true to where I was emotionally. It’s a song about having to live with trauma, but it recognizes that I am deserving of healing and love.

Tell us one artist you are listening to right now!

I just discovered Emily Vu and holy crap!! I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see another queer Asian musician out there :) Also Tank and The Bangas forever has my love.

Who would you like to collaborate with the most?

Maybe Sara Bareilles. I grew up listening to her and would sing her songs all the time. I would love to learn from her as a musician and singer. Her “brand” isn’t even really a brand at all, and I love that she’s just an artist who’s making really good music and exploring so many different avenues within the industry.

Where is your favourite place you have ever performed?

I haven’t had the opportunity to perform too much with my own music, but last year this time, I did a small set at a local coffee shop and it was amazing. I was set up at my keyboard on a makeshift stage and I just sang my heart out. The setting was intimate and safe and allowed me to explore myself on stage in a way that I haven’t been able to before.

Where is the one place you dream of performing?

I would actually love to perform at the Hollywood Bowl someday. My parents are musicians and worked at the Bowl every summer when I was growing up. So I know the backstage really well, but I think being able to headline or just perform my own music at that iconic venue would be pretty incredible. It’s definitely a pipe dream, but why not dream big?

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

A vaccine!!!! But for real. This year has been so much and in so many different ways for everyone in the world. My mental health has suffered greatly, and I’ve just been lucky that I’ve remained safe and healthy so far. I guess I’m just excited for the process of healing to begin.

What are you working on next?

I am releasing my debut album, “Kid in the Corner” on December 17th, 2020! It’s an autobiographical look into my previous 24 years of life and openly navigates my struggles and experiences with empowerment, joy, abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders among other things. It’s incredibly personal but I’m excited to share myself vulnerably with the world :)

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