Since dropping her first mini-album, Rina, final yr, Rina Sawayama’s millennial tackle 1990s-era pop has racked up hundreds of thousands of streams and received her a military of followers often called “pixels” – a nod to the 27-year-old’s obsession with expertise. Take her breakout single, “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome”, which sees her crooning about Instagram blues over a beat worthy of an early Mariah Carey monitor.
Whereas Rina’s songs is perhaps considerably retro, her life has been markedly totally different out of your common pop star. Born within the Japanese metropolis of Niigata, she moved to London at 5 years outdated; shaped a band with Wolf Alice’s Theo Ellis as a teen; and solely pursued music severely after ending a politics diploma at Cambridge. “It was extremely tough at first,” she explains. “As an Asian woman writing and recording pop songs, there was nobody who appeared and seemed like me. I needed to discover my very own method.” Keep tuned for her hotly-tipped debut album in early 2019.
Beneath, Rina shares a few of her favorite issues with Miss Vogue.
“I are inclined to learn essays and memoirs. The Man Who Mistook His Spouse for a Hat by the neurologist Oliver Sacks (Picador, £10) is an all-time favorite.”
“I watch a whole lot of movies by Studio Ghibli, an animation studio primarily based in Tokyo; I’ve in all probability seen My Neighbour Totoro greater than a dozen instances.”
“I wash my face daily with Contemporary toner earlier than making use of Marula Oil by The Bizarre. My neon hair is difficult to keep up, however utilizing Olaplex No.three as a leave-in therapy makes a distinction to the standard of color.”
“I am obsessive about my PlayStation four; I am planning on getting a VR headset.”
“I desire unisex scents; my signature is Le Labo’s One other 13.”
“I like garments from the 1990s. My wardrobe is filled with slip attire and bucket hats – and my energy accent is a choker.”
“I by no means put on that a lot make-up, however what I do put on makes an announcement; I like Mac’s lip colors in shades of blue and inexperienced.”
“My desert island discs are First Love by Utada Hikaru, To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar and Biggest Hits: My Prerogative by Britney Spears.