For me, the lyrics come in a wave as poetry, and then the melody comes after. So a typical song is several stanzas and then eventually there’s a melodic rhythm in one of them where I kinda go, ‘Ohhh, now I get it.’ I think sometimes I don’t realize what I’m writing til it’s flowed out of me and the waves have gotten less choppy.
I’ve always been visual in my storytelling, and most of the writers I admire and have learned from are novelists. So the most important thing for me as a songwriter or for a song to resonate with me is that it tells a story and has a message.
I wouldn’t quite say scared. More like curious to see if anyone even cares?
Remember how we lived? / Make the best of what you got / Love when you cannot
She kept watch upon her own, a vigilante / Hold fast to what you know / Welcome what you don’t.
The most difficult moment so far was the entire 24-hr whirlwind of performing at Sundance the year Kanye headlined. Flying in with a new guitarist and playing such a big show was phenomenal but extremely nerve wracking and bitterly cold. My bestie and I skipped a party and drank wine in a crazy isolated cabin in the woods to cope. The best moment was def the five days of virtually non-stop recording with a super dope crew at the legendary Capitol Records.
I really want to tour in places I didn’t go in the first world tour — and meet fans and new friends. Here’s hoping!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
Define in one word your new EP: mine
The best show you ever played: Foundation Room at House of Blues LA
The one thing that you must have in your backstage: warm mint tea
The soundtrack of your childhood: Little kid Kai def rocked Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony. Bigger kid… Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: “For All We Know” Donny Hathaway, written Sam M. Lewis.