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Katie In

Image shows Katie sitting on a pink couch with her leg propped on the couch.
Photo by Madison Kim (@mddkm)

I want to be part of a scene that believes and recognizes the work of women, trans, and gender fluid creators, that honors people of color and indigenous artists for their perspectives and contributions, and that makes art and creativity something that people can access even if they don’t have lots of money and resources.

Tell us about yourself & describe your work!

Katie In is my real name. She/her/hers. I perform under the name Katie Sin for my solo project. I’m also part of the band Pink Neighbor. I’m a musician / songwriter / producer. I’m a musician based out of Grinnell, though I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago. I write songs and perform them and I also really like to record and produce projects in the studio setting. 

Though I’ve always loved playing music and making things and have created stuff consistently since I was very young, it took me until a couple years ago to really “go for it” and make music more seriously. Part of my roundabout path to being a more dedicated artist involved having to unlearn and relearn a lot of stuff about who can make it as an artist or a musician. I really value representation of women of color onstage and in film and television for that reason. 

I’m ethnically Korean and white, and I constantly try to figure out who I am in the context of the places I go. I live in the gray area, in the borderlands, understanding how to hold onto many cultures and identities at once, and I tend to write songs from that place to connect with other people who feel that way, even if the songs are also about more familiar things like love and friendship too. 

Image shows Katie playing guitar and singing into a microphone at a concert.
Photo by Joe Tuggle Lacina (@joelacina)

Why do you think the artistic community in Iowa is so important?

I love that the creative community in Iowa actually feels like a community in the sense that people affirm each other and want to help each other out. Good community is some powerful stuff. And I’m especially grateful to the people working hard to shift the culture of the creative community in Iowa toward centering voices that have historically been kept out (shoutout to @upliftiowa and @meanzchan). I want to be part of a scene that believes and recognizes the work of women, trans, and gender fluid creators, that honors people of color and indigenous artists for their perspectives and contributions, and that makes art and creativity something that people can access even if they don’t have lots of money and resources. I think there are a lot of other people out there who want to be part of a scene like that, so I hope we can all find each other and build that community up! It’s beautiful and important!

Where can we find your work?

Katie Sin: katiesin.com

Pink Neighbor: pinkneighbor.com

Instagram: @katiesin_

Facebook Page

Image shows Katie playing guitar and looking down.
Photo by Brian Seldon (@bselphoto)

Do you have any events coming up?

Friday, February 15: In Des Moines at the Vaudeville Mews with Elizabeth Moen & Glitter Density

Saturday, February 16: In Ames at DG’s Taphouse with Elizabeth Moen & Annalibera 

Sunday, February 17: In Cedar Falls at Octopus with Elizabeth Moen & Elly H.     

Saturday, February 23: In Grinnell at Hotel Grinnell with Pink Neighbor & Erik Jarvis

Please note that all details related to the above events are available on the Uplift Iowa website calendar.

Image shows Katie smiling at the camera with purple sunglasses on. Katie is standing in front of a house with trees.
Photo by Carlos Ferguson (@carlos_ferguson)

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