How did you decide on the name Pynk Moscato?
So my name was initially PHlow… I got so much hate for it but I really liked the name. Pynk Moscato came about pretty naturally. I was wearing a pink dress and someone called me Pink Moscato tryna holler at me or whatever but I thought that was a dope name so I kept it. I changed up the spelling a little and the rest is history.
How did you get into Music?
I’ve always loved singing but it was college that made me want to make music seriously.I was at school and I realized this is not me at all. I don’t like these books, I don’t like these classes but I don’t like being unsuccessful, so I had to figure something out. That’s when I decided I was gonna be a musician.
Was everyone supportive of your decision to be an artist?
“I’m African. Kenyan to be specific… Everyone in my family goes to school. We’ve got more master’s degrees than bachelor’s. However, I’m very forceful, I had to tell them that’s just not me. I’m still in school but I just had to figure something out that I would love. So after some light motivation from my direction, they’ve begun to accept it.
Are you a different person outside of Pynk Moscato?
“I would say there are a lot of similar aspects and a lot of different aspects. Pynk Moscato has to be a lot more outgoing. I am an outgoing person in general, but I really really love being by myself. I guess that would be the difference, the isolation aspect. The Pynk Moscato person has to be in front of people all the time…but then I get to come home and chill, in absolute silence. I love me some silence, I love music but I love silence. I guess that's the difference, it’s just a more mellow version. But everything is the same, I don’t really change.
Growing up, who were some of your musical inspirations?
My dad would play a lot of african music that I don't know the name of. As far as rap goes he would play Jeezy, I forgot which album. With my mom it was only gospel music. It was Mary Mary, Tasha Cobbs, anything gospel, that’s what I grew up on. It most definitely affects my music. I love choruses, I love soulful singers. I’m a pretty soulful singer.
Who are some artists who you think are soulful singers or inspirations?
Jazmine Sullivan, this girl Jaylun Josie, she’s fire! She wrote Pressure by Ari Lennox. Beyonce, easy. This one girl, Madison Ward. Lil Wayne. Chika, and definitely HER. Both of them inspire me but Chika the most. When I found her music it was directly correlating to what was going on in my life. And she’s Nigerian, so I feel like we have a lot in common. YBN Cordae inspires me. And so does Deante Hitchcock.
How did you get into fashion and where do you want to go with it?
It’s always been a thing for me. I just love getting dressed up. When I was little my family would ask me ‘which shirt should I wear’. I would always have to be matching. I love fashion and
I love the way colors and things go together…I want my fashion impact to be similar to Teyana Taylor’s, how people know her for dressing and for music now and directing, she has so many different avenues of her artistry. I don’t want to be limited to just music. After music I want fashion, after fashion I may want a comedy career. I want to try everything and I don't see why I should be limited to just one thing because that’s what I started with.
What do you do to encourage yourself when you’re feeling down or in a slump?
First I go outside and sit in nature, remind myself who I am. I have certain friends who always remind me of who I am. I call my dad and if he’s not available I’ll call my friend Key. If nobody is available then I’ll probably watch some of my early singing videos or read my journal from when I decided I was gonna be a musician. Watching those compared to now I can see that my voice has actually changed, I’ve actually been getting better. It's crazy to witness. So I tell myself you’ve already come this far, either you come this far and stop or you keep going, but you've already put in all the work.
If someone stumbles across Pynk Moscato what impression do you want them to be left with?
First I want them to be like ‘dang she can sing’. But I really want them to feel like they’re talking to me. Like we’re having a conversation. I want them to feel as though I move with class and I make jokes outta everything. I am not someone who should be taken too seriously because 98% of what I say is probably a joke. I'm pretty cool, pretty easy going and I feel like they should get that from the music.
Written By: Jonathan miller
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