TRACE | "All My Friends"

by Anahita Safarzadeh


TRACE is making a name for herself launching her latest single, “All My Friends.” This track is leading up to her highly anticipated sophomore EP. After changing gears in her career, TRACE left her position as a magazine editor to pursue music full time, and since 2015, she’s surpassed 60 million streams over her first release with the EP Low. Hailing from Orange County, Trace never planned to enter the music world as her mother Carol Kim is also a much esteemed singer having the reputation as the Tina Turner of Vietnam. Though in TRACE’s case she seems to be paving idiosyncratic path, her previous song “Anxiety“ was linked to a partnership with a California chapter of non-profit organization National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) to raise awareness on anxiety in the entertainment industry.

About her latest song TRACE said: "I wrote this song after the success of my first EP, when I decided that I was going to full heartedly pursue my career in music. I sort of just packed up my bags and went off to LA.  It wasn't an easy transition, but I've always felt that true friendships will stay true throughout the shifts that life brings, and this song was a way of me exploring and figuring out who those true friends were. However now, a couple years in, 'All My Friends' has taken on a different meaning for me: it signifies a reflection on the power of relationships in my life. Throughout the process of writing songs over the past two years, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the relationships we keep and why we keep them — how many are life-giving and honest? It's interesting that we’re living in a world ruled by social media, events, and networking, yet at times we feel lonelier than ever, and connections feel more draining and less enjoyable. There's a resounding realization that while our access to people/friends feels limitless and technically easy, it's actually very difficult to cultivate true intimacy. True intimacy requires trust and commitment and oftentimes I feel like we take one, leave the other, or vice versa. Who really shows up when you need them to? So, with 'All My Friends' I want to ask the listener, 'Who are your friends?' because I'm learning the answer is a direct mirror of the person we are."