You've been on the road for the whole month of April with Atlas Genius. What did you enjoy the most about this tour?
This was the best tour ever. I didn't know what to expect going in, as I only knew a couple Atlas songs, and I was playing all this new music for the first time. I was so pleased with how the music went over, and I loved listening to Atlas every night. My favorite part, however, was the people. Everyone was such a pleasure to work with so it quickly became a family vibe. BFFs for life!
Are you going to be touring again after the album release?
Absolutely, just not sure about the details yet.
What do you enjoy more; making the music or performing it on stage?
It's all fun. I get a high from a great show, and I get a high from writing a great song. I can't decide which is better!
You've been nominated five times for Grammy awards. How important is it for you to be recognized for the art you create?
It's cool. Its not why I do it though. I just love the music itself. The minute I start doing it for the fame or the money or the accolades is the minute my art turns to shit and I stop loving what I do.
Who would you say influenced you the most throughout your whole life?
I've had a lot of mentors along the way… My mom was first of course. Being a musician herself, and always being supportive of me following my dreams was huge to the start of my career.
What sides of your personality haven't been explored yet through your music and you'd like to do so in the future?
Hmm… I don't know if there's any facet of my personality that hasn't been explored lyrically, but musically I'm always evolving and looking for something fresh. For example, on this album I finally got the courage to start rapping! Just a little… but it's a start.
How far does fashion help you express your mood and reflect your personality?
Fashion is big for me. I get shit though for being too Tom Boy. It's gotta be the right balance and sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don't. Being an outdoorsy girl, it's always been inside me to be kinda Tom Boy, but I started dressing with androgynous feel to my fashion because I wanted to appear tougher and taken seriously. I think everyone should be treated equally regardless of gender or race, but unfortunately the world isn't there yet. As a young female in a predominantly male industry, I definitely got pushed around a lot in the beginning. In addition, there is the part of my personality that is unafraid to explore the darkness and the unknowns, which is represented by the almost gothic edge I have at times.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
In life, I'm a wine snob. I spend way too much money on expensive wine. In music, Spice Girls. It's not just nostalgic…those songs were so catchy and so original for bubble gum pop.
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