Finding Deeper Meaning in Songs and Music | Serin Oh

Serin explores how songwriting can be a powerful antidote to the loneliness epidemic, creating connections far deeper than just a catchy tune. With a background in music and a passion for mental health, Serin will challenge us to rethink innovation for artists and everyday people.

Key Takeaways:

The loneliness epidemic: How widespread isolation is impacting our society, and how songwriting can be a solution to that.

Songwriting as a weapon: The therapeutic and community-building potential of music creation.

Rethinking innovation: How musicians and every person can work together to create “bops” and beyond.

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Share in two to three sentences what your talk is about.

What if songwriting is the weapon we need to combat loneliness? If artists and everyday people combined their stories and creativity to cultivate the unique space to be heard and seen, these deep connections may create more than just a “certified bop.”

Based on your talk, what industries are you rethinking innovation?

Music/Creative Industry, Nonprofit (Loneliness Epidemic), Mental Health

Share two or three words that best describe who you are as a person.

Serendipitous Human, Wondrous, Curious

How do you maintain your enthusiasm in your industry?

I maintain enthusiasm about songwriting by going back to the heart of the craft that has existed for thousands of years. People crave to feel heard and understood through sharing one another’s stories and by hearing experiences that are similar to their own. There are so many people who are hungry to create art to promote unity and intentionally surrounding myself with those who have the same motivation has kept my hopes high for this industry!

What advice would you share with others who want to innovate more?

Do it. Try things and see what works and see what doesn’t. We can spend hours planning and dreaming of theories but it’s when we participate in the act of creating that this magic, also known as innovation, happens.

Describe the environment where you feel the most innovative and creative.

I feel the most innovative and creative when mistakes are expected for the great outcomes to be crafted. Much like a playground, I adore being surrounded by other “players” trying out audacious techniques and theories, reflecting children freely playing and testing out new game ideas.

What do you believe are the key trends shaping the future of your industry?

With rise of AI music, I think people will want to see how this music was created, and the experience of creation will become the currency of uniqueness in the music industry. Because of this, I think both artists and your everyday people will crave to see the authentic and healing process of creation.
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During her time at Berklee College of Music, Serin Oh dove further into her passion for jazz and r&b, whilst also rediscovering her Korean roots through the lens of K-pop. The independent singer-songwriter has performed in festivals such as the International Joy Ruckus Festival and Sound Valley Music Festival and has performed in Spain, England and the USA. She has hosted a multicultural songwriting retreat and hosted multiple songwriter’s round where her curiosity about the intersectionality in combatting loneliness and creating sparked. In 2024, Serin was selected as one of the artists for The Slants Foundation's Asian PaCIVICS Program, and is in the process of making her first debut EP.

Join us at TEDxLogan Circle 2024 to hear Serin Oh’s unique insights on how songwriting can serve as a powerful antidote to the loneliness epidemic.