Episode 21: Breaking Stereotypes through R & B with Paul Kim

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Paul Kim aka P. Keys is a former top 24 contestant on American Idol. Paul's music is a blend of covers and original music. His youtube channel has amassed over 96,000 subscribers and his videos have been viewed over 10 million times. Paul continues to shatter stereotypes being a Korean-American in the R & B music genre. 

Paul started singing in choir in the 4th grade. In high school Paul started singing and performing. Some of Paul's early musical influencers were Michael Jackson, Prince, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, and Teddy Pendergrass.

Paul talks about his experience on American Idol. After his experience on American Idol he transitioned into a song writer and realized he wanted his own creative medium for his music and started creating music on YouTube. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Kevin Durant's free agent signing on the Golden State Warriors
  • Asian-American stereotypes in the media

What you learn from this episode:

  • How to break through the nervousness and do it anyway
  • How to monetize on YouTube
  • Shooting a Youtube video 
  • How to respond to internet trolls and haters
  • Not taking music so seriously and doing it for the love
  • Breaking through fears 
  • How to improve and hone your craft

Getting in touch with Paul Kim:

Twitter  @paulkimmusic

Instagram @pkeysmusic  

Snapchat: @paulkimmusic

Youtube channel


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