Q&A: Korynn OC

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How did you come up with your artist name?
My family name is O’Connell, I used to go by my full name, Korynn O’Connell but thought it was too long for my artist name so I shortened my last name to OC.

How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe it as soulful, sultry vocals over electronic pop beats. But I’m always evolving my sound!

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I grew up with two older siblings, my dad would always play guitar for them at night to fall asleep. When I came around, my dad would play guitar for me but I would stay up and dance and sing along! While he would tune his guitar I would sing to the notes and he noticed I was on pitch so that’s when my parents put me in choir and voice lessons. My dad and I started performing out together when I was about 6.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
I was performing at a venue in Stockton, the crowd was having a lot of fun and pretty drunk, these girls ended up throwing dollar bills at me and making it rain!

What are you listening to these days?
At the top of my playlists are “Up Now” by Saweetie, “FRIENDS” by Marshmello & Anne-Marie and I love anything by Billie Eilish.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
The Fox Theater in Oakland always has the best shows. I hope to perform there one day!

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
Elephant Sushi on Geary … they have the best sushi and I wish I could hang there every day. Dolores Park is always a fav too when the sun is out — there’s always cute dogs to pet!

What does music mean to you?
Music is so cool because it makes you feel something. I think as artists, we all want to make people feel something! It can help you out during rough periods of your life or just make you feel really motivated when you’re at the gym.

Do you always play solo or with a band sometimes?
I’m a solo artist now but I’ll still perform some acoustic gigs with my dad, K-Doh or front his band, K-Doh & The Doh-Nutz, on occasion!

What inspires you to write?
Everything! There’s always a story to tell. A lot of my writing comes from personal experiences but I don’t limit it to that.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why?
I love Japantown because I can pick up mochi and Japanese snacks for Bachan (Grandma in Japanese) and I love the purikura photo booth machines!

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I love wakeboarding and kiteboarding! I feel at home on the water.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
I’m throwing my EP Release Party at Pa’ina Restaurant & Lounge in SF on Thursday, Sept 13th at 8 pm! I’m so excited, we’re going to have some great entertainers. We’re featuring all Asian female artists, my girl Jacquie Joshua, a trap/hip-hop/r&b artist will be singing her brand new single and we’ll have art pop-ups from Michelle Silva and Charcas – both amazing painters! 18+ Free with RSVP.

With a discography that includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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