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How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
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.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?

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.

Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I wouldn’t quite say scared. More like curious to see if anyone even cares?
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
My first ever single is near and dear to my heart. The lyric for Verse 1 of Vigilante is:
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.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
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.
What are your plans for 2018?
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.

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