Soulgood Kid is the solo project of 21-year-old Chinese artist and producer Xiaoqi Zhou.
Growing up in the cyberpunk city of Chongqing, Xiaoqi Zhou recalls climbing her desk and passionately singing to her family. This innate passion for music grew into her formative years, where Zhou began to discover her sexuality as a queer woman in conservative Chinese society. She felt forced to learn classical piano at the age of five, but didn’t enjoy its restrictions.
Music was her freedom.
After battling with the high expectations and pressures of attending Chongqing’s most prestigious middle school, Zhou was granted to attend an English speaking Canadian high school. Zhou connected with the English language, saying “English is much more expressive”, and had dreams of attending a Canadian university for literature. However, a twist of fate led to Zhou being selected into the singing club at school and eventually became club chief where she organized live music events for the public. Once Zhou’s older brother said she could stay with him in Los Angeles after high school, she packed up her life to study at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California. Zhou learned to meditate one year later, which led to a wide awakening of the spirit that naturally translates into her music today.
The first Soulgood Kid EP is planned to release in January 2020. It recalls high emotions from pivotal moments during her time settling in Los Angeles and experiencing her worst heartbreak. Artists Massive Attack, Frank Ocean, and Tame Impala influenced Zhou to create the EP's dark and intimate moodiness. "I want this EP to help others find themselves. You may be struggling, but it’s going to be okay. Eventually, you’re going to break free."