I like to make people dream and think and imagine and learn and study. Nowadays, music is so literal - it's telling you, "This is how it is," and my music's the opposite. I come from an era where lyrics were full of imagery and metaphor, and that's all I know.
I'm not going to say I'll never rock with a band, because I'm too much of a fan of the aesthetic of a great band. But a girl group? Not again.
I had to appreciate other things about music, like the writing and the cadence and dealing with producers. I became a student. I wanted to learn the actual idea of what this industry was before I could creatively speak a lot of the things that I wanted to speak.
I'm just being the artist that I would have loved if I was a child.
Major labels limit you, but I also learned my tricks from getting around that.
At a label, you are confined to the team you have, but I did all my solo work myself, and that makes you more agile and able to go into weirder corners.
I grew up in the dance school my mother owned, and I see everything in body shapes, everything visual.
I have been doing choreography my whole life, and it's so important to make that marriage between music and the body.
I've only covered a few songs because I feel that if you're not going to go beyond the original artist in some way, then don't disrespect what they created.
I've always been an outsider kid. But I had always wanted to be in a group - growing up, I loved bands like the Cranberries and K's Choice.
I've learned that you only become as creative as you possibly can by staying independent.
I always thought music was open to all things.
We get discouraged sometimes when people look at surface only and neglect the message.
The same people neglecting and hating are the ones going through issues in their own lives, and they're scared to face that.
I've always loved literature, and the best books I read were always trilogies.
I thought if I gave people all of my journey in one go, it could be overwhelming and easily forgotten, and I didn't want to make an album where the single was so popular that you overlook the whole record. So three parts felt right - it's a number that can't be divided into.
Color has always evoked emotion for me: visually, internally, emotionally.
The only person who can confine you is yourself.
Even in independent music, people push towards radio. It is very political.
There's always going to be a fight between mainstream and underground because the mainstream is a very small bubble, and the underground scene is a very small bubble, and they both see themselves as secret societies.
It's frustrating when you feel like you have a message to get out and people just judge you regardless.
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