I don’t actually get that many DMs. I tell myself that it’s because guys might be intimidated, but I’m not that sure.
I like to spend time alone before I go on stage.
I wouldn’t be who I am if my parents hadn’t been musicians.
Being a creative person, I want to feel the highs and the lows.
That’s why I love music – because I’m such a control freak, and it’s the only thing that I can’t really control.
I’m pretty much writing all the time.
I’m independent; I live by myself.
I want to be known for my music, and that takes time.
Just enjoy every moment – don’t stress. Just be yourself.
There’s so many inspiring women dominating the charts, so I feel like I’m definitely a part of a wave that’s just really interesting and really cool.
Whenever I have a bad day, I tell everybody around me, ‘Just so guys know I am having a bad day and I am nervous about these things,’ and that makes all the difference.
I’ve been working a lot with this girl Kelly Kiara. She’s amazing. She’s going to be super important for R&B coming out of the U.K.
Swedes celebrate Christmas Eve. Every Sunday leading up to Christmas, we light a candle, then make gingerbread and saffron buns.
‘Finders Keepers’ is guaranteed to create a vibe. If I’m having a difficult show, then I know I’ve got that song at the end to turn it around, and the phones will come out.
Youssou N’Dour was really important to me growing up.
Kehlani is so refreshing in terms of R&B.
I work hard, and I’m very separate from what my parents do.
Relationships with cities are similar to relationships with people: being away from both can really make you appreciate what you have.
I just want to make music that makes people feel good about themselves.
Yes, sharing super-personal experiences is scary, but I can only get up on stage and perform it if I really connect with the music.
I’m really good at the ’90s slow jams. I’ve got that down. But I love to dance, so why wouldn’t I make something I could dance to?
Coming from an R&B background, I was like, ‘I’m gonna make slow jams.’
I want people to really care when I release an album.
The important thing is that my music is getting a positive reaction and that people are connecting with it.
I’m the biggest Drake fan – my favorite is ‘Tuscan Leather’ because it’s like three songs in one, and for somebody that’s obsessed with keys, the outro has the best keys ever.
I think people look back at the ’90s as a golden era of female empowerment.
I’ve always been sure of my vision, but I’ve been in meetings where men have been talking about me like I’m not there… I’ve been told I should be a certain way, and I wondered if that would have been the case if I was a man.
I think there’s something amazing about British soul.
Being mainstream is fun.
I really wanted to find my own path.
Producing isn’t my favourite bit about what I do, but the fact that I know how to do it gives me this sense of power in situations that are super male-dominated.
I am very much my own person and my own artist.
I feel incredibly lucky to have grown up with creative parents and around creative people, many of whom live with anxiety. My mum would sometimes say that it was a beautiful thing, and that it would come in handy when making music – and it’s made me a more empathetic person.
When it’s my show, I know that everybody is there to see me – but I like a challenge, and I like the fact that at festivals not everybody is there to see me, but I have the chance to convert people.
When I was younger, I would listen to Lauryn Hill, Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah: lots of ’90s R&B.
I think I took after my parents. Using music as one of my main ways of expression just felt natural.
I’m just trying to be myself and encourage other young women to be themselves.
I don’t want to be all over the place with my style and my music, but I am experimenting.
I wish I could teleport and cut out the travelling in between gigs. I want the luxury of the shows without the painful bits stuck on a tour bus.
Being a solo artist in general can be incredibly lonely. It’s funny how often the bigger you get sometimes, the lonelier you feel.
I’ve been making music since age five.
I’ve been in two long-term relationships and – this sounds awful – they were really helpful for writing heartbreak. It makes good songs.
Having a Top 10 record changed my life a lot, you know?
Growing up, I was confused about my identity: I felt like I wasn’t black enough to be black, but not white enough to be white.
My first-ever radio interview was with Annie Mac on Radio 1!
I want to make people dance, I want to make people smile, and I want my music to get played in clubs.
I grew up listening to loads of afrobeats; my grandad’s Sierra Leonean, so that was always around. My mum loves those kind of beats, too.
I think the best thing that I can do is be myself. I don’t know about being a role model; I think placing that sort of title on myself is too much. It’s trying to be this thing that puts loads of pressure on something.
I was a sensitive kid.
I moved from Stockholm to London, and I didn’t want to work with my parents or have them help me in any way, I think just to prove to myself that I have my own talent.
I am very much married to the job.
I can’t believe that I’m MTV’s Brand New for 2018. Big love to MTV for even giving me this opportunity and to all the fans for voting.
I think knowing where you came from and where you want to go is really important.
I lived wherever my parents felt like making music, which had its ups and downs – I’ve had to move schools, but I’ve also seen a lot of amazing places and been on tour with my parents.