His expedition begins in a blue-collar suburb of Maryland, where he learned what it meant to be strikingly different. “I remember being afraid to bring my kimchi to the lunchroom because of all the glares and questions I’d get,” he reminisces with amusement. Even at a young age, James knew his story was different than most. As the son of Korean immigrants who knew only of survival through the blood, sweat, and tears manifested in a homegrown dry cleaning business, there had never been a golden path to musical stardom carved out for James. But what he did have was a television set: the portal into the beginnings of James’s intrigue with art and creativity. "I used to just stare at the TV and draw every cartoon I saw on the screen, things like Power Rangers and Dragon Ball Z.”
Now, Uzuhan emphasizes the art of creating lyrics around the everyday and mundane, bringing a fresh perspective on what everyone has in common. In this, he fashions music that resonates in its relatability, celebrating what he sees as beautiful in both this life and beyond.