How do you think your style has evolved in London?
Seeing as I’ve always lived here (except for three years in Cambridge) I’m not sure it’s changed much because of the city, but it’s definitely changed since entering the fashion industry. Luckily I get to borrow a lot of cool clothes and attend shows that I feel really inspired by in many ways.
Who or what would you say has influenced your music the most over the years?
Utada Hikaru, computer games and Beyonce.
How do you find being Japanese has affected your music? Or how the industry perceives you?
I grew up listening to J-pop of the 90s and also the old songs my family used to sing in karaoke (Southern All Stars, SMAP, Yamaguchi Momoe, Ishikawa Sayuri etc). But being East Asian in the Western record industry where there’s hardly any precedent is difficult because people can’t immediately see what kind of artist I can become. Whereas I’ve heard in label meetings the phrase “she’s the next x” and for me I don’t know who that is – CL, SNSD and Kyary I can think of, but again they fit a more conventional “imported” sound that I’m not aspiring to.