Ronin sings of hearts trying so hard not to break.
Using an extensive arsenal of genres from trap-funk pop and yearning alternative-RnB, to booming hard rock and cavernous indie-orchestrals, his unique and soulful voice paints striking vulnerability and intense emotion. While it is difficult to pin down who has influenced him or what has inspired his songs, Ronin has cited Prince, Halsey, Queen, Muse, Jeff Buckley, and Kendrick Lamar as some of his favorite artists. Dramatic, unique, and bold, Ronin refuses to be anyone but himself.
Ronin was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a Korean-immigrant family. Starting piano at five years old, he quickly transferred to trumpet and was among the youngest jazz and classical trumpet players to perform in the top youth ensembles across the city. Still not satisfied, he picked up an electric guitar and played in progressive rock and old-school blues bands throughout high school. Not long after, Ronin was producing beats on his laptop and blasting hip-hop and RnB from the blown-out speakers of an old VW Jetta he crashed three months after buying. Always searching for new sounds, he decided to craft his own unique style to push the boundaries of popular music.
Ronin was bullied as a child, and he often struggles with his race and his identity. When he was younger, Ronin fell hard for someone who would haunt him long after they separated. He uses music as a guide for his soul, to further understand himself and to cherish the relationships that he loses along the way. Old enough to taste love but still too young to avoid the pain of its brokenness, he is now searching to connect with others through his music and to help them feel less alone.