About JUNE dARK
I'm overcoming myself
to make something beautiful out of the mess
as a musical alchemist of personal transformation
and a taxidermist of beasts that lurk inside my head
JUNE dARK was born June Park in South Korea. June means "Light," and Park means "Naive" in Chinese characters. Maybe she appeared that way to untrained eyes in her early days, as June was a sensitive, painfully shy child who enjoyed painting and singing in her room when her parents weren't home. She was alienated in school as she wore a futuristic silver miniskirt, concealed pieces of colored locks under a bed of natural black, listened to obscure, illegally-imported heavy metal in the corner of a classroom and kept to herself while everyone else was talking about teenage boy bands. While some kids liked her enough to be indifferent, some kids wanted to kill her for being different. Weird and quiet -- June laid low under such definitions until she quit high school after 3 months and moved to America by herself to pursue original music. That was when the first letter of the last name reversed, and JUNE dARK was born with a mission to fearlessly explore the light and dark sides within all of us through creative expression.
Her journey in music started as she formed a progressive metal band Clandestine in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after the release of the band's demo in 2006, Clandestine was awarded the Best Female Fronted Band by a local music newspaper. The band released a full-length album in 2011 which led them to an independent record deal the same year and followed up with a national tour. After a few years with the band, June wanted to explore a more vulnerable and personal side of her music that previously didn't allow for the subtlety of expression. In 2013, she decided to officially put the band on hiatus and branched out as a solo artist.
It took a while for June to make the transition. She dealt with debilitating self-doubt and depression as she went through the process of evolution as an artist. At the end of the tunnel, JUNE dARK finally reveals herself with her brand new sound. Featuring more refined yet compelling voice, she projects heartfelt lyrics filled with emotional conviction and haunting imagery. She creates each song through pitch black hours trusting the light within her. JUNE dARK daringly explores intensified longing, conflicts, mystified hopes and fears across the spectrum of human emotions in every shade. Through authentic self-expression, June invites every listener to her world of a complex yet universal theme of love revisited from angles hidden in the shadow of our minds.
JUNE dARK is a 100% independent artist.
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