If you were to write an intro for “All My Boyfriends” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the song?
All My Boyfriends romanticizes the songwriting process. It’s MIN’s cheeky response to being questioned about her love life. With a catchy hook and a bit of attitude, MIN shares the juicy details on allllll the (album) singles who keep her company.
6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:
From North Texas. Journaling and writing poetry. Puns. Pop, soul, R&B influences. Background in piano and vocal performance. Which artists inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Tayla Parx has inspired me from the beginning. We were elementary school classmates and bonded over music and dance. I won’t spoil the ending, but google her name. I’m so damn proud of Tayla’s tenacity. Witnessing her trajectory has encouraged me immensely and I hope to work with her one day.
Tori Kelly inspired me to take control of my destiny by creating videos of myself singing (I used to think someone would just discover me in person…thanks for the false dreams, DISNEY!) but watching Tori create on her own gave me confidence to try it for myself.
How did you choose MIN as your brand?
MIN is a nickname my sister gave me when I was younger–my first name is Jasmin. I’m pretty sure she started calling me MIN because it sounded like “man” (is that bullying?!??!) but I just decided to be in on the joke. I took it one step further when I started releasing art.
“It’s time for a break when I notice myself getting more irritable or emotional as I’m doing the thing I love. I think it’s so important to allow yourself to enjoy your work but not overwhelm yourself.” What do you like to do when you step away to find work-life balance?
Lately, I enjoy sitting outside in the sun with a journal, sweating out my frustrations at the gym, playing with my two cats, and as I’m doing all the above, listening to one of my numerous curated playlists.
“Testing testing 123 my first loop pedal!” How’s the loop pedal learning coming along?
It’s been really fun! I’m experimenting with the machine’s effects right now and documenting what steps I took to achieve certain sounds. I’m hoping to get quick enough that I can loop during a live show.
“Playing at Staycation Coffee surrounded by my favorite people was a dream! The intimacy and warmth of the crowd made it an unforgettable experience.” Which venues do you have on your bucket list?
In no particular order…..30 Rockefeller Plaza’s studio 8H (Saturday Night Live), The O2 Arena in London, American Airlines Center in Dallas would be incredible since I grew up going to so many concerts there…I’ve already played at the AT&T Center, but would love to go back to play an original show, Worthy Farm (Glastonbury Festival), and lastly, it would be surreal to be invited to play Prishtina’s Germia Park (for the Sunny Hill Festival in Kosovo).
“Some dreams are a long time in the making, and this one is truly special to me. I’m beyond excited to share that I’ll be playing the State Fair of Texas on October 19th! From elementary school days spent wandering the fairgrounds with my family, always gravitating towards the bands (and pig races!!), to now having the chance to represent my hometown – this full circle moment is hitting me HARD.” Will you be playing new music at the Fair?
Y’all are giving me an opportunity to create some BUZZZZ (little hint at the track’s name)… The audio is crazy and nearly 3 years in the making, come see me at the State Fair of Texas Oct 19th and you’ll get to hear it first!
Can you share 12 songs that have influenced your life and career?
You and I (We Can Conquer the World): Stevie Wonder
This song makes me cry. The sentiment Stevie expresses is all I’ve ever wanted love to feel like. Also, his vocal range makes this song a fun challenge to practice.
Keep the Faith: Michael Jackson
In 8th grade, I snuck my cd player to school with this album inside. I hid the player in my jacket pocket and fed the headphones up the sleeve to not get caught by my teachers (it was thrilling haha). I played this specific track on repeat and picked apart his harmonies. I started really appreciating background vocals with this song.
Not Like the Movies: Katy Perry
Listening to this song, I feel colors. Katy’s vocal baubles are so unique and have inspired me to stay true to my tone.
Baby I: Ariana Grande
This song got me A LOT of online attention. I think it’s my first viral video (272,000 views) I released a one-take a cappella cover on YouTube a few hours after Grande released her single and got flooded with comments from people who thought I was lip-synching! Having to defend myself from hundreds of strangers was traumatizing for teenage me, but now when I look back, I see those lip-sync accusations as a HUGE compliment.
Gorilla: Bruno Mars
Again, another viral cover! Being the first to cover this song connected me to so many YouTube creators and taught me a little about negotiation and audience exposure (this experience led me to start viewing myself as a business).
Be The One: Dua Lipa
As soon as I heard this song I was a fan. Funny side-note: I followed Dua on Instagram because of her fashion before I ever listened to any of her music. When she announced a new single, I gave it a listen, and the rest is history! Last year’s Spotify wrapped showed me I’m in the top 6% of Dua’s listeners worldwide. Majorly influenced.
If I Ain’t Got You: Alicia Keys
I had given up on my music dreams after years of unsatisfying attempts and some personal heartbreak. For my 24th birthday, my mom took me to a live band karaoke event and I loved the environment. I started going regularly—working up the courage to sing more challenging songs. One night I requested If I Ain’t Got You and was approached at the end of the song with a career-shifting opportunity. It re-started my dreams.
Can I throw my own songs in?? I had this hook recorded in my voice memos for YEARS before meeting the right people to start creating it irl. With this first single, MIN was born.
Tell Me: Sabrina Claudio
I found her acoustic video on YouTube and immediately had to stream her entire EP. Discovering her music has made me feel more confident in expressing my sensuality.
Favorite Girl: Justin Bieber
This is one of the first songs I posted online, it makes me smile to think back on what little I expected from clicking “upload.”
Settle Down: Kimbra
Kimbra has inspired me to experiment with organized chaos! Jazz + Looping. I have an old Facebook status from 2011 where I’m geeking out over her use of loop pedals. It only took 12 years, but I finally got one myself!
Since I Was A Kid: Lennon Stella
Lennon’s poetry resonates so strongly. There’s so much experience in her perspective and voice, and not just in this song. I look up to her.