Ami Kim: Songwriter & Sonic Alchemist
"The ability to hear is the sense that has resonated with me the most. I love listening. Being able to hear the vibrational nature of our multiverse has been one of my greatest gifts and sensitivities. To express audibly was an innate urge."
Ami Kim is a South Korea-based musician, sonic alchemist and spiritual ninja by way of North Carolina. Ami often incorporates influences from American soul, folk, hip-hop, jazz and electronic music into her craft as she explores topics ranging from love, to social equality, to spirituality and metaphysics. Her career started off as a performing artist and her love for international collaboration, traveling and creativity led her to become a cultural diplomat for various programs through the US State Department. Ami has also spoken and performed at TedxCharlotte.
Describe what you do.
I am a love and light being. Here to explore joy and alignment. My current role is distinguished as a songwriter as well as a sonic alchemy masters student and a teacher of English through culture and music in South Korea.
"[Sonic alchemy] is an interdisciplinary approach and study of vibration. It includes ethnomusicology, music composition, neuroscience, music shamanism, among others …"
What is sonic alchemy?
It’s an interdisciplinary approach and study of vibration. It includes ethnomusicology, music composition, neuroscience, music shamanism, among others, with the intention to innerstand how to vibrationally harmonize life forms and the spaces we occupy to the highest consciousness level possible.
“Now is success to me. If you are present in the Now, you are succeeding. Which means that for me, success is not a noun, it’s a super happy continuously loving verb.”
How did you get into music and sonic alchemy?
The ability to hear is the sense that has resonated with me the most. I love listening. Being able to hear the vibrational nature of our multiverse has been one of my greatest gifts and sensitivities. To express audibly was an innate urge. At age 4, I sung my first solo at my pre-school graduation. At 8 I began writing songs for a neighborhood girl group. At 12, I started piano and shortly after began composing my own works. At 16, I had my first chance to record in a music studio. At 18, I was in my first talent show. I just continued to follow the urge. It’s a calling, I suppose.
Sonic alchemy, I kind of stumbled upon. I had this natural interest in the healing properties of music and the desire to innerstand in a deeper sense the vibrational world around us. It wasn’t until I went on a year-long travel sojourn and read The Alchemist that I realized sonic alchemy, as a precursor to intergalactic vibrational ambassadorship, was s the next phase for me.
“The moment [influences my work]. Whatever is present in the moment, that is what I’m channeling.”
Tell me about the projects you’re currently involved with.
This year I’ve been focusing more on international collaborations. I have a side project called Dragons in Gardens with Berlin-based musician 6zm. We’ve been curating music since last year and plan to release more this year. I’ve also been working with a producers based in India, South Korea and US. I really love collaborating and sharing, so that’s the focus for this year.
What inspires you?
Everything is inspiring to me. Truly. I can write a song about pretty much anything. I particularly am fond of the adventures of love, expansion and life form interconnectedness e.g. the interactions that form from what exists within us and around us, and more importantly why they happen. I love the why. Also, fashion really is resonating with me right now. I watch the high-fashion runway shows Vogue releases and it feels like watching music in motion. Especially living in Korea and specifically Daegu, which is the “self-titled” fashion city of South Korea, it is inspiring to see such a merger of high fashion from Paris and Tokyo mixed with the meticulous elegance here in this country. It’s lit.
What themes do you explore in your music? And why?
Love, light, life, unity, community, nature, joy, contrast, evolution, revolution, spirituality, environmental sustainability, kemeticism, spaceships, star-child scriptures, universal law, ancestor messages, etc. I explore these and more because they resonate with my frequency Code in this realm in my current form and chosen purpose.
“Alignment is unifying myself with myself, and the ease that comes with that is… a blissing.”
What influences your work?
The moment. Whatever is present in the moment, that is what I’m channeling.
Tell me about your experience in South Korea.
South Korea has been a sanctuary because I know very little of the language, and that provides an energetic quietness as I’m not constantly bombarded with other people’s meanings, in the form of advertising. In South Korea, I’m not fighting for my mental space, the way I was in the US. Here, I’m able to curate and create my own influences.
What are some of the struggles you’ve faced while pursuing this path?
Addiction to misalignment meaning fighting myself. Basically paddling upstream instead of letting myself be carried with the flow. Once I took a year off music to go traveling, I consciously understood what alignment was, which is unifying myself with myself, and the ease that comes with that is… a blissing.
“Happiness makes me happy. My happiness is a self-sustaining entity. To seek happiness outside of happiness itself is destroying the very nature of what happiness is.”
Professionally, have you had significant failures? And if so, what have you learned from them?
I’ve never failed because I don’t believe in failure, only opportunities for growth. One opportunity that has taught me the most is to know what you want because in moments in my career when I was clear, everything moved effortlessly and I was prepared for the opportunities at hand. When I was not clear, energy became misaligned and I felt I lacked the readiness to open all the gifts of that particular Now. What I learned is that it’s best, essential even, to know yourself and have clarity about what you truly desire before making any moves towards anything.
Do you have any regrets or wish you had done something differently?
No regrets. I love who I am and I wouldn’t take anything or do anything differently…. I am who I am because of every decision I made. So keeping it all.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
I’m blissed to say there’s a handful and it’s hard to choose so I’ll list those that come to mind presently:
“Just be happy.” - Kenneth Funderburk Quiller II
“Just keep doing what you’re doing. You’ll make it.”- Grandma
“Save and invest.” - Dad
“Be prepared. Then party!” - Mom
“Love yourself.” - The Mirror
“I’ve never failed because I don’t believe in failure, only opportunities for growth. What I [have] learned is that it’s best, essential even, to know yourself and have clarity about what you truly desire before making any moves towards anything.”
What makes you happy?
Happiness makes me happy. My happiness is a self-sustaining entity. To seek happiness outside of happiness itself is destroying the very nature of what happiness is.
What’s your personal definition of success?
Now is success to me. If you are present in the Now, you are succeeding. Which means that for me, success is not a noun, it’s a super happy continuously loving verb.
“Everything is inspiring to me. Truly. I can write a song about pretty much anything. I particularly am fond of the adventures of love, expansion and life form interconnectedness.”
What are your plans & hopes for the remainder of the year?
I aim to do more creative collaborations, within music, fashion and otherwise and also continue expanding as a songwriter and sonic alchemist with partnerships such as the one I have currently writing hooks for DivineTracks.com. And most importantly, express unconditional love, light and happiness as best I know in every moment.
What are your short term and long-term goals?
Love. Light. Self-mastery. Strengthening the Will. And I’m releasing new art. The release date is still manifesting yet I want to let the people know it’s coming.
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