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‘I get asked, ‘How can you make it as a musician?’ and I really think it’s all about mental strength,” says Kinuko Hiramatsu, who produces music under the name Sapphire Slows.

In the past two years the 25-year-old electronic-music artist has released a full-length album, toured the United States and Europe, all while completing a masters in musicology — which is no easy feat. Now Hiramatsu is ready to take on another challenge by joining this year’s Red Bull Music Academy in Paris.

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