Hazel Brown had a quick chat with upcoming artist Sera EKE, originally from South Korea. Previously a resident artist at the Roundhouse, her striking performances and somber music videos are the perfect accompaniment for her music.
Tell me about your new EP White Room…
My EP came out last month. It features three tracks: ODD, White Room and HAZE. Each track is about realisation, obsession and release. They could be related to any human experience.
You also produce your own videos – how did the video for White Room come about?
When I wrote White Room, I wanted to express obsessiveness, whether this is about relationships, thoughts or behaviour…
Before this official video, that was directed by Harry Baker, I made another video for the same track which was deemed too dark and aggressive as it looked like I was hanging myself, so I decided to make another one. Somehow this one is still a little too dark for some people’s tastes, but it’s how it feels to me in real life.
I think this new version was a great way of expressing obsession with negativity. You know, sometimes these thoughts and feelings really dominate our lives.
The nurse in the video represents negativity, she is giving me medication (white pills) which sap me of all my energy to refuse, and when she’s giving me a final pill (black, poison), my inner strength comes back and eventually I’m able to restrain my negativity.
You are an artist in residence at the Roundhouse – can you tell me bit about your role there?
My official residence is finished, but Roundhouse are still supporting all their former resident artists. This year I got this great opportunity to perform at YouTube Space in London and I was support act for Nadine Shah who is such an inspirational female artist.
How would you describe your music and performance?
Highly unpredictable! So far I have released seven tracks and each one is in a different genre.
I hope that eventually my body of work will become recognisable as my own sound and people will understand that there’s a connection between the tracks.
I think my live performances are already helping people make that connection. I want to stimulate other people’s lives.
How do you prepare for a gig?
First of all, I think of my set list, and what kind of event it is, venue size, stage set up… Then I decide how I’m going to approach the audience. Should I focus more on expression or emotion? Or more on movement and dance routines? I then edit the videos and check the gears, which is followed by image training in my head.
What are your inspirations outside of music?
Really, everything. Conversations with my friends, contemporary dance, news, all the nonsense and paradox in the world.
Do you have any other projects WMN readers should look out for?
I have new single coming out soon, and I’m planning to do some visual work with other artists and designers. So many things are going to happen this year! Keep your eyes peeled on my social media!