Interviews with Artists and Athletes: Sean Oshima


At Making Movement, we have the opportunity to work with some amazing people who inspire us in our everyday lives. These interviews shed light on how they excel in their art or sport.


What bands or musicians have influenced you the most?

Growing up I listened to The Beatles, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Gillian Welch with my family. Later I became interested in more pop influenced songs of John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Michael Jackson. I think I draw off of music from the folk styles that my parents play, as well as the pop that makes me want to move.

Are there any physical activities that you enjoy or that you feel compliment your musical performance? 

I love to dance. I'll dance in slippers in the kitchen. I'll dance at a club. I'll dance a a contradance in a barn or with a partner to pop music. I love to partner dance, to connect and communicate with someone without words. Music moves me.

When you hit a creative block, what’s your strategy to get through it?

The ocean helps me be creative. I love to be by the ocean and feel small; it puts things into perspective. Musically, trying to just check in with songwriting a little bit every day. Treating it like a job. Writing even when I don't want to. 

What books or authors do you recommend to your friends most often?

Poems by Nayyirah Waheed. The Name of the WInd by Patrick Ruthfuss. Mink River by Brian Doyle.

What are the foods or drinks that you try to consume everyday?

I try to consume so much water. I love to drink water. I try to eat amazing, locally grown foods of all shapes and sizes. I also try to consume a donut everyday. Maybe two.

What do you do on your days off?

On off days I spend time with friends. I cook them dinner. I go to see movies. I dance all night. I make more music.

What rituals do you have before and after a musical performance? 

My brother and I (we preform together) try to make sure to give each other a little back pound massage to loosen up before each show. It's very grounding. We also hug. After a show I just want to talk to and meet and hug everyone. Maybe eat a donut. 


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