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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With mxmtoon

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Like other young female musicians such as H.E.R. and Billie Eilish, mxmtoon is making her mark as a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, "the masquerade," is out and the 19-year-old artist hosts a podcast called "21 Days," which gives fans insight into her life and her work process. Based out of Oakland, California, mxmtoon says traveling so much for work can be helpful when it comes to creating new songs. She also says she's looking forward to seeing more of her colleagues on stage. "Despite working in the music industry, I'm surprisingly still pretty new to the concert scene," she says. "I hear a lot about the Bowery Ballroom (in New York City) and I've yet to see a show there. I'd love to go to one. As for who's playing, I'm not picky. I listen to all types of music and would be open." Fans can check out her tour dates on her website and follow her on social media. Her username is @mxmtoon.

Q. In your podcast, you talked about going to New York to work on your music. Does being in a new place help shape your music in terms of energy and perspective?

A. I've been to New York previously for work, but I've gone a lot more within the past year. Last October, I made my first work trip to Brooklyn. That was the first time I'd gone to New York City in 10 years. The three weeks I stayed to work on the album really felt like the first time that I got to understand the city and also form my own experience within it. I think new places are definitely extremely helpful to my creative process. I have a tendency to get stuck quite often when I'm also physically very static. Getting out of your head can often times be aided by also going somewhere completely different.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. Monteverde in Costa Rica. I was lucky enough to go with my family in 2014. It's unlike anywhere else I've been in the world. It exists on top of clouds basically and while you're there it's really mystifying. My family was doing a planned trip with a ton of tourist stuff, so we ended up zip lining! Highly recommended. Even the members of my family who are afraid of heights ended up having a fantastic time.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?


A. I think honestly people don't give Oakland enough credit! Oakland is one of my favorite cities ever, even though I'm definitely biased. People have a tendency to want to see San Francisco over this side of the bay when they come to visit. Oakland has a more chill vibe to it and, in my opinion, is just as lovely as San Francisco!

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A. Finding ways to keep routine in your schedule while you're traveling has been the key to keeping me sane! Whether it's unwinding with a book at the end of the night or putting out your clothes for the next day, doing things that provide a sense of consistency has been a lifesaver for me.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?


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