Kary Sit is a rising star in the pop community, boasting a intriguing split personality of innocence and... well, not-so-innocent. I had the opportunity to sit down with her music and craft a handful of questions for her to personally answer. They are as follows:
Brett: Your image and style seems to revolve around a mentality of a double act. On one hand, you dress in white, posing as innocent. On the opposite side of the coin, your act is a darker, leatherclad, sex-symbol type image. Which do you prefer, and what was the inspiration to adopt them simultaneously?
Kary: I guess my alterego, which the general public refers as the 'dark side' of Kary Sit - who is the sex symbol - is always in me. Growing up in this society, I was trying to fit in as much as possible to be a good, proper girl. But then, one day I just realized that I should live my life for my own happiness and not have to think about what other people have to say about me. I just slowly let my guard down and my alterego to take over. It took a while, though. Being in the entertainment industry gives me an extra boost to be me. I am glad that I get to reveal my alterego through my music and artwork. Most of all, I got my fans’ support. I can’t say which one I prefer to be, as both are me and I am proper and provocative. I am just being honest to myself.
Brett: What do you attribute your Japanese appeal to? Japan is becoming a much more rapid consumer of western popular culture. What about your act is making them listen to you?
Kary: It was never my intention to break into the Japanese market. It was somehow when one of my songs came out, I got a chance to explore Japan through some Japanese connections and they loved what I did and decided to take me on a one month Japan music tour. To be honest, I am still shocked of what I’ve achieved in Japan. It was like a dream and I was just trying to do my best at every single show in Japan. Suddenly, I had some famous Japanese celebrities to come support my shows and then the next thing I knew I was on TV and newspapers, etc. I have to say I was very lucky to get so many people and fans’ support while I was in Japan. It was a big gift Japan gave me which I will never forget.
Brett: You worked as a “ghost producer” for a time when you were studying in school. Can you elaborate on that experience and what you took away from it?
Kary: I’ve learned so much from that experience. I would say that’s where I came from. I never thought of myself as a singer even though it was always in the back of my head. I was content to be a songwriter and a producer for other artists and my goal was to be a successful female producer one day. When I was a ghost writer/producer in a production studio, it was like an experimental stage in my music career. One day I would be working on some children songs for some children's TV channel, the next day I would be working on some love songs, and the day after, I would be sitting next to my boss learning how to make hip hop beats with a drum machine and playing with the vocoder. I would also learn some recording and mixing techniques. Everyday was very intense and challenging. It was like a boot camp for musician. I was like a sponge that absorbed all the information in a short period of time. But I was so passionate and focused. When I was in a studio seeing all the gears and equipment, I was like a kid in a toy store who wanted to play all the toys and own them. I was the only female among all the male producers and engineers in the studio but I was like a boy who always talked about gear and instruments with them. That experience also taught me how to work in an extremely fast-paced industry.
Brett: Critics are citing you as a mixture of Janet Jackson and a young Madonna. Who are your influences, though? Do you listen to a wide variety of music?
Kary: Growing up as a huge music fan, I have a wide range of favorite bands and singers around the globe. I have always been a huge fan of Top-40 music. From Madonna to Aaliyah, Taylor Swift to Maroon 5, Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz to Oasis, the list can go on and on. I have been a big music collector since I was a kid.
Brett: If we were to hit shuffle on your iPod, which five songs may pop up?
Kary: You would be VERY SURPRISED! They would be: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, "White Sandy Beach” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “American Boy” by Estelle, “Merry Go Round” by Kary Sit (Teeheeeeee…..)
Brett: Continually your act is hailed for its “sexiness.” Do you like that label?
Kary: It’s interesting ‘cuz it was never my plan to try to be a “sex symbol” when I first revealed my alterego. I was just wearing what I wanted to wear and thought it would look great and artsy because one of my majors was visual art when I was in school. It was more of a self-expression of my vision in art when I first did my own project. I hope people think that my work is sexy and classy because making great art and music are my only endeavors.
Brett: As a rising female star, what do you see your role being in the influence you have on younger girls and other female fans?
Kary: First of all, thank you. I am flattered that I am being called a rising female star. I hope through my music and my projects, I can give some courages to my fans and younger girls that they can be proud of who they are and don’t have to go through the identity crisis. Eventually, I hope I can bring more awareness to feminism and women empowerment. Like, women can all be sexy, strong, beautiful, and independent.
Brett: Do you prefer to work in the studio or perform live? How do you see either of those evolving throughout 2015?
Kary: I guess one reason that I love being a singer is that I couldn’t stand living in the studio without much of a social life. I’d say being a studio musician is not for everyone. It’s like you are always working in an isolated room and you can’t even see the sun. I am such a people person and I can only feel alive when I perform on stage and communicate with my fans and my audience. I think this year is going to be very exciting as I am already working on some big projects.
Brett: What is your favorite piece of work you’ve put out thus far?
Kary: It’s hard to say because everytime when I finished a project, I thought it was my best project but then I moved on to a new one in a snap of a finger. I have a very short attention span. I guess a lot of times before I release my new favorite project, I am already working on my next favorite piece. Lol!
Brett: Let’s talk longterm: What is your ambition? Do you want to be a one hit wonder and then fade away? Do you want to be a prominent force in the industry? Perhaps you don’t even care? Please elaborate on your future plans.
Kary: Hmmmm... I am not a very ambitious person but more of a happy-go-lucky kinda' girl. I just want to be happy with what I am doing and take one step at a time. If fates allow me to be a prominent force in the industry, I will be very grateful and use what God gives me wisely to help our world. Let’s say, to bring more awareness to orphans, seniors, homeless, etc. I know a lot of great people are doing that already but I’d still want to add myself on the “saving our world” list. I guess my little extra help should be welcome! If I become a one hit wonder, I am still thankful that I have a great story to tell to my future kids.
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