LOOK A stylish, futuristic mask which covers half her face
SOUND Catchy electropop
Just a few years back, Jasmine Sokko was an up-and-coming local artist starting out in the scene. But she didn’t start out small. Her first single ‘1057’ received recognition beyond Singapore and now she’s one of the most-streamed local artists from Singapore. Jasmine also garnered a huge fanbase in China after being on – and winning – electronic music reality talent competition, Rave Now and she’s done this all without revealing her entire face.
How did you come up with the persona of Jasmine Sokko?
I would like to tell you I had a grand plan. But really, there wasn’t any. Rather, it was a careful accumulation of my decisions. For instance, I started with a mask because I wanted people to focus on my music first before anything else. Along the way, the character developed with each and every shift of my own world view and the creative individuals I had the honour of working with.
What is the most ‘Hannah Montana’ moment you’ve had as Jasmine Sokko?
It was the first class of the semester and I sat beside a new classmate who shared that his favourite song’s from an artist called Jasmine Sokko and I just went “Who’s that?”. No, he still doesn’t know and he never will!
What is something you’re super passionate about right now?
Technology: I’ve been pondering about the implications of driverless cars and how drivers, parking lots and traffic lights could be redundant in the near future. It isn’t technology that eliminates jobs, but the shortsightedness of business decisions to cut costs and fatten profits. I just wish tech implementations would take more social aspects into account.
I’ve also been reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. She wrote “There is no such thing as a woman who doesn’t work. There is only a woman who isn’t paid for her work”. It made me realize that my mom has been taking care of the family so well that the rest of us could run our lives smoothly without having to worry about when to get the next shampoo. *proceeds to hug mom*