Sena Kana reached new heights together with her track ‘Up,’ and now, she tells us how she needs to lift spirits throughout the coronavirus epidemic, and the way she’s staying constructive whereas underneath quarantine.

It was a distinct world when Sena Kana visited MeSlop. Her track “Up,” a banger of a collab with Sheppard and Wiz Khalifa, was about to be formally licensed Gold by the RIAA, making her the primary feminine Japanese solo artist to perform such a feat. She was visiting New York Metropolis, the situation the place her idol Audrey Hepburn filmed Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It felt like Sena – together with her highly effective songwriting, plain charisma, and fascinating voice – was about to turn out to be the subsequent massive sensation to take over America. Then, the novel coronavirus outbreak occurred, interrupting every thing.

The pandemic may need put life on pause, however it can not cease Sena’s ascent to the highest of the music world. The Tokyo, Japan native first broke out in 2017 with the only, “Live Your Desires.” It was a world hit, and the track reached No. 1 on the European iTunes Chart. Her second track, “Reality Or Dare,” turned a success in France. Sena’s world success earned her legions of followers throughout many international locations, and her thoughts has turned in the direction of her followers throughout this time of disaster. Although she is one individual, one voice, she is able to lend it to supply a second of aid.

“I’ve been listening to loads of information about individuals struggling,” she tells MeSlop through electronic mail, “going through harsh moments and dropping kindness to those round for the reason that corona pandemic. I’m positive that it’ll take time, however I wish to carry on singing to make these individuals smile and stay with hope. I want for the day that peace will prevail on Earth.” Sena additionally spoke with us concerning the success of her track, “Up” (she just lately launched the Dzeko remix), why she relates so profoundly to Audrey Hepburn, and what she’s been doing to maintain herself grounded throughout the quarantine.

Paige Kindlick

MeSlop: What have you ever been listening to or watching or studying throughout your time inside quarantine?

Sena Kana: Since I’ve been spending loads of my time at residence, I’ve been watching motion pictures and listening to music that I’ve loved prior to now, in addition to ones that I had been that means to observe from earlier than. Music and different subscription companies had made motion pictures and music an increasing number of accessible, and I’m grateful to have entry to them each time. I’ve additionally been enjoying some video video games, which I hadn’t since I used to be a toddler, and it introduced again loads of childhood recollections. However in spite of everything, I’ve been singing probably the most. I respect that I can sing nonetheless throughout these occasions and have been singing many new songs too.

What was your first thought after listening to you turned the primary Japanese feminine solo act to be licensed Gold in the US?

I used to be so honored. I wish to proceed to share my music with everybody within the US and the world over!

Why do you assume your track “Up” resonated with listeners in America?

With “Up,” the inspiration that stuffed me will be described like this. I really feel entrapped, surrounded by 4 partitions. I repeatedly inform myself, “I’m okay, I’m okay.” All of a sudden, my physique begins to go up and up, and I understand that the partitions weren’t obstacles in any respect. I really feel like in our trendy world, this sense of being entrapped is common. Whereas I’m Japanese, I really feel like I can share that feeling of turning into free with everybody within the US. Via this track, I want that everybody will be full of a way of hope.

Paige Kindlick

The track options Wiz Khalifa. Was he somebody you’ve all the time needed to work with? What was it wish to shoot the video with him?

Wiz Khalifa is an artist I respect. I all the time knew of him, after all, however really working with him allowed me to see for myself how extremely gifted he’s.

I learn that you simply offered Wiz Khalifa a 300-year-old samurai sword. What was his response to such a considerate and distinctive reward?

When the samurai sword I offered to him was solid in Japan 300 years in the past, it was a weapon utilized in battle. Now, 300 years later, it has turn out to be a murals that represents Japan and has the flexibility to counterpoint individuals’s hearts. He was actually completely satisfied to carry such a cool piece of artwork in his palms.

You additionally cite Audrey Hepburn as an affect. Why is it about Audrey that pulls you to her?

Audrey Hepburn was elegant, sleek, and dignified. Her style impressed girls the world over, in order that even now her look is one that folks attempt to mimic. As she additionally labored towards world peace, I’m drawn to her as a determine who nurtured the world round her.

Paige Kindlick

With your love for motion pictures, do you assume you’ll department out into movies? Maybe make a brief movie for one among your songs within the yr?

Sure, I might like to tackle that kind of problem!

When the quarantine is lifted, and it’s secure to exit and socialize once more?

Though I’ve been singing throughout the quarantine, I would like to have the ability to sing in entrance of everybody and supply my music instantly as quickly as potential. Additionally, I’ve been listening to loads of information about individuals struggling, going through harsh moments, and dropping kindness to those round for the reason that corona pandemic. I’m positive that it’ll take time, however I wish to carry on singing to make these individuals smile and stay with hope. I want for the day that peace will prevail on Earth.

Up” is out now.