Local Mic: Indigo Chyld



Adina Korn, a.k.a. Indigo Chyld, is a Brooklyn native and LA-based singer who is more accurately an artist of the world. Her perspective is unique as it radiates a holistic awareness outside of herself that makes her music feel revelatory of life’s universal desires and questions. Blended’s Jessica Doherty spoke with her about her recent EP, reflections of her time at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and the ways her spiritual upbringing affect and uplift her life, philanthropy, and music.

How did you like your experience at USC?

Being at USC has been such a healing journey for me. I've gone through some things in life, so it allowed me to really learn how to understand my worth and understand that there's such a thing there. It is supportive because it's such a safe zone being in school and practicing your craft as opposed to being [on] the road. But it's so competitive because at the same time everybody wants that same spot that you're working towards and then everybody’s gigging or everybody's showing that they're doing this and doing that.

I've cried a lot because I would stay up all night like by the piano just trying to practice. Some days were great and some days I was so frustrated because I wasn't getting it. But it was a lot of growth. I would say USC equals growing pains, but that's okay, because as long as you grow and you step out of your comfort zone. So I'm very grateful for the experience for sure.

Tell me a little bit about the EP and what growth it symbolizes for you?

I've been working on it for like a year and a half. I just wanted to make sure that it was something that was of substance and something that's really good. I don’t take music lightly, I don't take words lightly and I love all kinds of music. But the music that I personally want to do as an artist is, is something that is well rounded in everything from it's lyrics to it’s melody, Production is something that's just like a piece of honor, you know? But I took the time to perfect it and go back to each song. Until it sat right and I didn’t feel awkward about it, I was like that’s good. So it took a while to figure out.

The EP is called Indigo Chyld. It really signifies the journey of self-love and healing and understanding what it means to love. There's so many different forms of love. Loving yourself, loving somebody else, giving the space to love. What is unconditional love? How do you love somebody unconditionally, you know, what does it mean to love somebody and still be human? Acknowledging all those moments, being with someone and missing them and then like, not sure what's going on and trying to figure out all these past experiences that lead a person to now and learning how to love yourself now.

So it taught [me] how to be intimate with [myself] in a way I never learned how to do before from like sitting down at the piano and writing words from my heart that I've felt for awhile. I write at like 3 o’clock in the morning is when nobody's up, I could just like zone in and I would just be writing and crying and that was really intimate.

What played into your decision to release the EP in two parts?

Justin, my manager, and I were talking about our release strategy and we both majored in music industry. I'm a completely baby artist...most people don't really know that I do music. They know that I kind of worked in the entertainment industry or they know that all I sing a little bit or I write a little bit, but they didn't know that I had this side of me.

So we had thought that we would showcase the fact that there are a few different sounds to the EP, but further than that because I'm such a new artist, releasing the first part will allow some traction and noticeability. Just a little bit of like, ‘Hi, I'm here guys, what's up?’ and then the second part of the EP I would already have those people that have listened to my music and, hopefully, it will be able to spread further but it’s always great to have content to stretch.

You said you grew up consuming a lot of music. What kind of sounds do you gravitate towards? What influences can be found in your music?

I grew up in Brooklyn, right next to this church, so every Sunday morning I would wake up and listen to Gospel music right by my room. I grew up Orthodox Jewish in Crown Heights, so a lot of my music is influenced through some Israeli music, but mostly hip hop,rap, jazz and reggae. I really am more of a soulful music listener. I love classic rock, but that's not something that I've put on the daily. I love the Beatles and I think they're amazing, but it's not something I would listen to all the time. I would probably put on like Amy Winehouse or Ella Fitzgerald if I'm feeling down. I was just listening to Daniel Caesar walking here. I also really like listening to a lot of Lauryn Hill. I'm very lyrical based when it comes to those.

How has your religious upbringing influenced your music and you as a person?

Growing up Orthodox Jewish, I really grew up with the Bible... I grew up with this idea in my head from when I was young that life is so much more than just me. It's a collective unity and I'm not here to just live my life, I'm here for purpose and to raise [the] frequency of this world. So there's this teaching in Orthodox Judaism that I grew up with, which is Subodh. There's this teaching in this thing called the Tanya, which is like, little sparks of like elevation. And so there are three levels into this world. You have your spiritual, that's heaven...and then you have the things that are not spiritual at all.

Then there are things in the middle like food. It's not good and it's not bad, it's just food and so to raise it, the elevation of a higher level, you say the blessing over it or you praise God for the food, to give you energy. And so that raises its elevation. I've always been intrigued by this idea, but it was something that's been instilled with me since I was a young girl. And even though I went through my own phase and found God on my own spiritual path, it's something that's really stuck with me. That’s what I feel like my music really ties into. Not only am I here to make music for me, but it's kind of like to raise all of it up.

What role do your philanthropic efforts play in your life and work?

I'm doing something called the Mongol Rally, which is this international car race from Prague to Mongolia, 10,000 kilometers. It's like three months in the car. The initiative is raising money for charity. So there's two charities, one that's Mongol Rally’s choice, which is Cool Earth and then a charity of our own choice. Cool Earth is an organization that helps rainforest communities with deforestation, pollution and global warming. [My choice is] Save A Child’s Heart, which is a nonprofit organization that visits children in developing countries and provides them with like with medical care in relation to cardiac issues. Not everyone is privileged to have medical care or to live in a country that can provide such medical care. Those are the two charities that we’re fundraising for. Me and my two friends have an Instagram called @littlemissadventurists where you could catch all the details and we're going to be blogging live.

All the streaming revenue and proceeds from my project are going to go back into these charities. And while I'm on the trip, I'm just going to be promoting myself and not be nervous even though I always get shy, but I'm just going to put myself and my ego aside [and] really push it so that I have something of substance to give back to these charities.

What are you looking forward to now that you’ve graduated?

I'm really intrigued by the unknown because everybody has asked me, what are you doing now? And I'm like, to be honest, I don't know. I don't know what life has in store for me. But I feel like there's a beauty in that because that allows me to be more open to the right opportunities. What I really am looking forward to is just learning about myself more, experiencing life in all its facets and beauty. And writing more music. It's something that I'm never going to stop doing.  I'm really excited for what the future holds for me in that regard and in life in general.

Be sure to listen to Indigo Chyld’s EP here and stay tuned for part two.

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