It is my pleasure to bring you this next artist of the week. Many of you, whether you know her name or not, know this artist and have heard her work. Who am I talking about? The lovely Sue Cho. Just recently, the day after her birthday bash at Dim Mak Studios, I got to take this budding artist out to brunch to get to know her better and share her story with all of you.
I first met Sue at CONTROL at Avalon, where she was passing out drink tickets to lucky club goers who could make Sue laugh. Well, I busted out a couple dorky dance moves that I learned from the movie ‘Superstar’ and won her over. We started talking, and I found out she would be performing one of my all-time favorite songs; Hello by Porter Robinson and Lazy Rich, featuring the lyrics and vocals of none other than Sue Cho.
She was an incredibly humble, friendly, and beautiful artist that I couldn’t help asking to do an interview with, hence why we were sitting at brunch. Watching her perform live was awesome, because Lazy Rich was spinning the track while she belted out the lyrics, and it was something that most people don’t get to experience at an EDM event. That’s one thing that I love about Sue; her fearlessness in her approach to breaking into electronic music, and making a statement: that the vocalists should not be ignored. She backed that statement up with an electrifying performance on stage, and it really showed me a new light of live performances that only Nero or Zeds Dead has really ever attempted.
I had to know more about Sue and her past, to understand her present situation, and why she was so passionate about her stance on the electronic music industry. After catching up, and letting her know about who I was, we finally moved on to talking about her childhood. Sue grew up in LA for pretty much her entire life. She’s always been in love with the city and doesn’t see herself leaving anytime soon. As a young child, Sue took piano lessons for 8 years, which solidified her foundation in music, and ingrained it into her soul as something she would carry with her forever.
Growing up, Sue dabbled in all flavors of music, but in the early 2000’s, she got plunged into the world of underground electronic music. In 2004, Sue attended her first electronic music party – the New Year’s Eve festival in LA called ‘Together As One.’ She was instantly hooked and began attending warehouse raves all over LA. She never became a full on ‘kandi kid’, but she did love the scene; the people and the music behind it all. It was during this time that she decided she’d like to put her musical talents to use and get involved.
In 2007, Sue launched her vocal career, and of course, started with electronic music with producer and DJ Jon Pegnato (currently of Hot Mouth and former LA Riots member). She then started collaborating with other producers, and recording her own music as well. Sue gained recognition quickly; as both a talented and diverse vocalist, and an exceptional songwriter, which is something that is hard to come by these days.
By 2009, Sue had tracks out that were topping Beatport charts, and she really started to develop a name for herself as a writer as well as live performer, something that doesn’t always go hand in hand. In 2011, Hello, featuring her vocals, was released with thundering success. Now, her lyrics have been heard by people all over the world, and played by artists like Lazy Rich, Porter Robinson, Dada Life and even BT and Tiesto. Sue’s future is a bright one as she continues to work tirelessly on perfecting her craft and building her brand.
During brunch, we talked a little bit about who Sue Cho is outside of music. Her number one passion? FOOD. Not that she overeats, but Sue is a food connoisseur, and is always trying new restaurants, or trying out new recipes in her kitchen. She loves living in LA; exploring the parks and museums and the outdoors, and of course, as any good California citizen does, she loves the beach.
Sue’s one of the most down to earth artists I’ve ever met, and not afraid to connect with her fans and those interviewing her (like me) on a personal level. After brunch, I already felt as though I’d known her for a long time, and we even made some dinner plans
So what’s on the horizon for this talented, hardworking, and one-of-a-kind artist? Her new EP Get It Tonight coming out on Illeven Eleven, features four tracks that will individually showcase her diversity in both genre and style of lyrics. She’ll be collaborating with a few artists that you may have never heard of before, but who are starting to make big waves in the underground scene and catch a lot of attention. One thing that we can expect from Sue is her ability to show us soulful, powerful vocals with emotional lyrics on one track, and then come back with a fresh and dirty hip hop track like her most recent Get Ill with Whiskey Pete.
Beyond her EP, Sue hopes to continue to grow her name and continue writing music, while at the same time, continuing to book gigs all around the world. I truly hope we are able to work with Sue in the near future, and help her gain exposure for her already illustrious singing career. Be sure you check out Sue’s links below, and connect with her on all her social networks. She’s someone you will want to know about in the coming years, I can guarantee you that!
Check out the entire EP below for FREE download!!! Enjoy!
Connect with Sue Cho