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Meet music artist from Kaohsiung & Berlin, Sabiwa.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi. I’m Sabiwa. I was a jellyfish, I was also a bird, and now I’m a human.


Describe the city you’re living in and what it’s like to live there.

For the moment I live in Berlin. This crazy city contains all kind of people but it still is not so commercial like other big cities. and there are lot lot lot of artists and musicians here!


It’s a city of freedom, but it is also easy to get lost.

What is the best and worst thing about living in your city?

It’s a city of freedom, but it is also easy to get lost.


Give us 3 words that describe what it’s like to be a creative in your city.

tolerance /freedom/ spoiled


How did you start your career in music?

I started as a visual artist and video maker, and I did collaborate with numerous musicians which guided me into the music field.


Were the people around you supportive of your decision on working as a creative?

Sort of. When I was in Taiwan people around me was not so much supportive for the creative part but they don’t bother me to do my stuff either. After I moved to Berlin people around me are mainly involved in the art field so I feel much more support and inspiration.


What are some goals and ambitions you have for your future work?

There is so much going on in the future! Many new releases, short movies, sound for video games, but I also wish one day I can be a farmer and create a community to make food to support people’s basic needs.


If you could collaborate with any person in the world who would it be?

Venetian Snares and Hermeto Pascoal, they are geniuses.


How would you describe the women around you?

Most of the women around me are super characteristic people. Strong, independent and really special persons.


Strong, independent and really special persons.

Were there any local female creatives that you looked up to when you were growing up?

I was a big fan of those gymnastics girls when I was a kid. They’re really strong and able to do a lot of crazy things, they go through a lot of serious training and need extreme discipline.


Are there any challenging aspects of being a female in your industry?

I do not always identify as a single gender, as I think we all are more than “one”, but generally a disparity of treatment is still clear and obvious.

In my personal and limited experience I feel quite lucky to be a female in the art scenes: In Asia males suffer the stress to earn enough money to support the family; I never had such expectation from my family, so I feel I have much less burden to do work on my art.
I refuse the label of “female artist” and find that sometimes it can be debasing towards woman which just wanna be valued for what they have to say.


You don’t need the approval of anybody to feel happy.

Do you have any advice to young women who are aspiring to work in your field?

The future is yours. Do what you love, do not expect anything else, listen sincerely to your own vocation, do art and activities which really fulfill your soul in a personal way. You don’t need the approval of anybody to feel happy.



Photos courtesy of Sabiwa.