MASUMI in ’10’


The songstress not only took the time from her busy recording schedule to take on our traditional ’10’ quickies. Check out her genuine answers below:

What is your one-line positive thinking mantra?

I don’t have any , but whenever I’m stuck writing songs or whenever I’m at recording and stressed. I always try to think of the things I’m thankful for. I say ‘thank you’, I’m thankful that I get to do this. I’m thankful that I’m out here doing what I love. There’s so many things I’m thankful for but sometimes I forget. I get cranky and stressed out and worrying about little things. So this really helps me actually. So, it’ll be thankful. I’ll try to think of things I’m thankful for.

Describe your personality?

I would say that I am clumsy, I am a little try. I am free-spirited. And I’m laughable πŸ™‚

What practices have you adopted that have led to a healthier lifestyle?

I always loved running but I try to run at least three to five times a week and that has definitely helped me stay healthier. I love vegetables. I love my green juice in the morning, those stuff is really good. I try to meditate every morning. I try. That’s something I’ve started ever since I moved to LA and I definitely feel the difference. Keeping up with it is the hard part. Those three things, running, green juice and meditation.

The world is going green, have you embraced the trend?

Growing up in Japan, they really separate the trash. So, I practiced the same thing in America. I try and separate the recycle, stuff like that. I also eat green πŸ™‚

Three things you can’t do without?

Family, friends, freedom!Β 

Describe your fashion style?

I love black & gold. I wear black so much. I really try not to wear black. I wear jewelries with attitude. Studs, stuff. But I like shiny stuff.

How do you unwind after a long week?

I love to go to a bar with my best friends. That is the best thing.

What empowers you?

For me I feel like when I’m under pressure. When I feel like, something’s against me, taking away my freedom. Think it really makes me strong. For instance, when I just graduated high school my father told me he wanted me to go to a four year university and I wanted to go to music school. But I respected that opinion and said okay. And so, I enroll in a four year university but really that wasn’t what I wanted to do. My dream was to do music and I was doing something I really didn’t want to do so after two years I was stressed out and I wasn’t happy. I felt really depressed. There was a moment where I was like “okay this is it. I can’t live my life like that anymore. I have to make a move.” I auditioned for a the music school in LA without telling the family and I got in. That’s when i told my family I’m doing this I have to go. I feel that kind of power within me when I’m making a song to make it to the due date. Like sometimes I can’t even finish a song until the day of and I get really stressed out but that’s when I really write something. That’s when a good song comes out. I think it’s pressure and that kind of feeling of something going against me makes me push harder.

What is your favorite cuisine?

I love Italian food. I mean there’s nothing better than Japanese food. I think I actually eat more Italian food than Japanese food.Β 

How do you creatively express yourself, other than through music?

I love making things. I love making birthday cards. I even like sew things in the birthday cards. I just make it really fancy. I used to remake clothes. I like making jewelries. I love photography. But I really like making things.

Thank you so much for interviewing me. I hope you got to know me a little bit. Thank you so much for the opportunity! Thank you πŸ™‚

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Credit: MASUMI Tsunoda

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