We had the good fortune of connecting with Bowen Thi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bowen, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue this artistic career for a lot of reasons. There is no definite answer to this question, but everything just made sense and my mind. I say that because this artistic career/path is something that I’ve wanted to pursue for a long time, music was just one path that I found to be the clearest. When I was a child, I wanted to be a movie director because I love films and the production behind most of the movies I watched. I idolized directors such as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and to this day, I still do. The shift from film directing to producing music came about in middle school, where I decided to pick up specific programs after listening to a couple of tracks on SoundCloud and scrolling through YouTube. Long story short, my curiousness eventually turned into what you see now. Music is life, and you don’t get to experience anything else like how you experience music. To be the most fascinating thing about when anyone creates a song, I find that you can capture a single moment or emotion in just three minutes. This is why I am pursuing music. I love creating, and I love music; I wouldn’t trade that for anything else
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, you constantly find yourself growing and learning new stuff you didn’t know before. This is very apparent in my career path because I have so much to learn. I’ve barely started taking this seriously, and now that I have, it feels so overwhelming sometimes. However, I know that I have talent, and I’ve invested time into showing the world my talent. I am a singer and a songwriter to the public, but I enjoy producing, if not even more, than songwriting. I started out as a producer, and I made beats on fruity loops in my freshman year of high school. I was encouraged to use my vocals in junior year, which is where I have been now. I think what really separates my craft from others is my ability to hear certain things in beats. This can apply to every artist I’ve talked to, but I feel like the things I hear are unique to me. I am a massive fan of spacey and atmospheric melodies, which I try to incorporate in my songs. Nowadays, I don’t hear people doing songs like what I’m doing aside from Frank ocean, choker, or James Blake, which are significant influences on my music. I am proud of where I am right now, and I recently got featured on Complex UK through an article regarding my song “Company. “at the end of the day, as I said, I’m still learning, and I’m a young person. I know that I will have a lot of challenges to face in the future. I’ve been turned down from labels, but it doesn’t discourage me because I know I have to keep building on my branding and just create more music. The world will know my name soon, though. I promise that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has a lot of things to do, if I’m being sincere. That’s a tricky question to answer. First, I feel like I would take them to Hermann Park or Buffalo Bayou Park because these parks have a lot of things to do in them. We could take a couple photoshoots around the area as well, as we are exclusively in downtown Houston. One of these days should be dedicated to exploring the outskirts of Houston as well, oriented towards suburban areas such as the Woodlands or Alief. During the weeklong trip, we are definitely pulling up to the Galleria as that is the most iconic mall in the city. for food joints, I believe that Whataburger is a must-have one coming to Houston or Texas city. Another place that I would recommend is Yo-Yos hotdogs, a personal favorite of mine, and Abu Omar, a food truck native to the area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well, I think that’s a tricky question because I have so many people that I wanna shout out to. However, the first names that come to my mind when I think of people who have helped me throughout my music career are Armstrong, Luz, and Abey or Baba, as he’s more known. These people have not only helped me when it came to learning about marketing or musical aspects, which I really didn’t understand, but they’ve also been helpful in a way where it feels like family. I have other people that I consider family, like my friends Tayyab, Abel, and Alejandro. They have been so supportive of my musical journey, and I appreciate each of them. I would also like to shout out Tony, or Tones, a videographer from a group named DAM. He has helped me understand myself and my thoughts through visual form and incorporate those thoughts into my future projects. It was a fantastic experience to be an essential part of creating a music video at the end of the day, where I really wanna shout out Houston and all the artists from Houston. I enjoy celebrating the culture and attending events where I can see people really invested in their craft. It’s exciting to see that Houston is the most alive than it’s ever been now.
Luz Castilla (@itsluzc)