The orchid is Mother Nature’s masterpiece.
The marketing is just as important as the music, almost.
Sometimes I write songs that just come out in a pop format because I grew up on melody and these amazing artists during the 80s. It’s my tradition and it’s something that I can’t really control.
Being onstage and communicating with an audience was part of my life since I was very little, but I was never pushed into singing.
I think that girls are always expected to have opinions about each other, and maybe I don’t have an opinion about some things, you know?
Commercial music is music that a lot of people connect to at the same time, but that doesn’t mean it has to be something shallow or without personality.
When you’re 17 and you have an idea, people don’t really listen to you. I came out of an environment where my parents were always pushing me to do what I wanted and be creative, and I was not used to the industry’s way of thinking.
Being onstage and communicating with an audience was part of my life since I was very little, but I was never pushed into singing. My parents were so uninterested in me making music.
People think plus-size models donвЂ™t exercise вЂ“ we do! But itвЂ™s about health, not forcing my body to be something itвЂ™s not meant to be.
I seriously feel like Bowie was an astronaut who went into space and experienced things and brought back these… treasures.
Filming costs so much money, so it’s such a nerve-racking process, whereas being in a studio is quite cheap compared to that, so you have more time to work on things until you feel good about them. That makes it easier to explain a certain feeling and be in a vulnerable place while making sure it does what you want it to do.
I love telling stories, but I also am more aware now of how complex reality is and how difficult it is to really explain what happened or how I felt. Maybe that sometimes makes me a little bit vague, because I don’t want to really put my finger on anything or set it in stone.
The funny thing about gold is how quickly it can tarnish.
I listen to music very intensely as well: When I listen to an artist I really love, I feel like I know them. I feel like I understand what they’re thinking about, even though I’ve never met them or talked to them.
Even if I’m sad, dancing is a way to let stuff out.
Sure the Internet is the future, but what we do on the Internet is still very primal.
I try to be genuine. I try to be real. It’s such a subjective thing, but I try to convey an emotion.
Prince is king to me. As this half-naked, short black guy who looked like a girl in the 70s and 80s, he was talking about women in a way that was very unusual because he didn’t objectify them.
I love when people mirror themselves in my music, and I think that’s the whole point of it – not telling people what it is or how they’re supposed to feel… but you having a relationship with my song makes it real to me.
You cant censor peoples dreams.
Everyone deals with sadness and lack of love when they’re kids, and all this abandonment. Most people do. Hopefully you want to learn something new, and you want to move on to this other place, and I think, for me, it was like, I really didn’t know how to calm myself down.
All the big pop acts that I’ve been into over the years – whether it’s ABBA or Prince – managed to combine amazing melodies and honest human emotion. But coming out of the super-super-commerical pop industry in the 90s, maybe people forgot about the fact that pop music can do both of those things.
As a kid, I didn’t know much about Prince – who he was and all the complexities of his personality – but I could still feel very close to him when I listened to his music.
When you’re listening to club music, there’s no reward. The reward isn’t, ‘Oh, here’s the chorus, here’s the lyric that makes sense.’ You have to enjoy what it is. You have to enjoy that there’s no conclusion.
It’s called A Secret Gig because where and how it’s taking place won’t be revealed.
I don’t know much about making films or TV programs, but what’s cool about being in the studio is that you have more time.
Sure, the Internet is the future, but what we do on the Internet is still very primal. It’s all about connecting to other people, sharing emotion. It’s our new feathers or face paint. It’s all very raw.
I didn’t have any role models of artists that were in the same playing field as me – making expensive videos, travelling, marketing and promoting an album.