Rina Sawayama calls on fans to share their own interpretation of her next single


SAWAYAMA cover art (above)


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Today, Rina Sawayama is calling on fans to share their own interpretation of her next single. Rina is sharing the chords and lyrics to "Chosen Family" with her fans, encouraging them to interpret the song in their own way, and submit a video/audio recording of them playing the song (or how they think it will sound). Rina will then choose her favourites and share them in an upcoming episode of Rina TV. When the song goes live on April 3rd, she will also be uploading a video to teach her fans the original rendition of the track, which was produced by Danny L Harle and written by Rina, Danny and Jonny Latimer.

The project is both a way to connect with her fans - her own "chosen family" - and a means of tackling boredom and loneliness while the world is in the midst of self-isolation and social distancing. With this, Rina hopes to share a bit of positivity during this unusual time.

Elaborating on the idea, Rina says: “Chosen Family” is a very special song for me. The concept of a chosen family is, to me, a queer one - people are often kicked out of their homes or ostracized by their family, friends, and community after coming out. This can be an incredibly painful experience that can be remedied by finding a new 'chosen' family. The chorus lyrics 'We don't need to be related to relate, we don't need to share genes or a surname' is an invitation for anyone that feels that sense of otherness to find their chosen family, where they can truly be themselves and feel loved. I dedicate this song to my queer friends who I now consider family - it's essentially a big thank you to them, as I love them so much and I genuinely don't think I would be alive right now if it weren't for them."

"I wanted to offer my fans the chance to get creative and come up with their own melody to "Chosen Family" while we're self-isolating. When I wrote “Chosen Family”, I wrote it thinking of it as a gift to my own chosen family, a way to understand and take on some of the pain that they were going through. So I hope this distracts you from this anxiety-filled time, and that by being creative we can stay connected, alone and together,❤️"

Rina's debut album SAWAYAMA, out April 17th via Dirty Hit, is an intimate look into Rina's world. The album encompasses her most personal music yet sharing, "The album ultimately is about family and identity. It's about understanding yourself in the context of two opposing cultures (for me British and Japanese), what 'belonging' means when home is an evolving concept, figuring out where you sit comfortably within and awkwardly outside of stereotypes, and ultimately trying to be ok with just being you, warts and all." The album includes previously released singles "STFU!," "Comme Des Garçons," and "XS".

Born in Japan, Rina and her family emigrated to the UK when she was five years old. During her teenage years she discovered her love of music and academics, the latter leading to a place at Cambridge University where she also began to notice the cultural differences and ostracization amongst different races. These experiences allowed Rina to carve out her own identity, entwining her culture with her western life, evolving into an artist who defines her own unique style of pop.

Listen to "XS" and pre-order SAWAYAMA below, see "Chosen Family" chords and lyrics below, and stay tuned for more from Rina Sawayama coming soon.

Chosen Family" chords and lyrics


  1. Dynasty
  2. XS
  3. STFU!
  4. Comme des Garçons (Like The Boys)
  5. Akasaka Sad
  6. Paradisin'
  7. Love Me 4 Me
  8. Bad Friend
  9. Fuck This World (Interlude)
  10. Who's Gonna Save U Now?
  11. Tokyo Love Hotel
  12. Chosen Family
  13. Snakeskin
Source Satellite 414

March 23, 2020 1:21pm ET by Satellite 414  


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