For me, writing is a means to process through my past experiences in an attempt to understand myself and the world around me better… I also want to challenge people to think critically about our culture.
I talk a lot about my desire for influence, to leave a legacy, and to use music as a spring board for a larger vision of what I hope to contribute during my lifetime. But, I think at the heart of it, I make music because it makes me feel invincible. When I tell these stories, challenge gender norms, or stand in front of thousands naked on a YouTube video, it makes me feel like nothing can break me. As close as some things may have come, nothing has broken me. I’m here now, doing this, and successfully carrying out my vision. It’s a declaration of my presence and the value I’ve recently decided I bring. No one else is going to tell my story — and no one has yet — so, I guess that’s at the heart of what I’m doing.
thank you! I hope I get to continue making music for years to come. :)
I definitely understand what you’re talking about. Being unsigned is a struggle with lots of pros and lots of cons. But, I think all artists — unsigned, indie, or major label supported — face the same thing. When you’re an artist, you’re your own boss, so you have to be driven by an internal desire to outdo yourself and persevere. I’m a very self-motivated person. I think everything I’ve gone through — whether it was surviving past traumas, getting into the most applied to school in the world, or hustling to make sure I didn’t graduate with debt so I could pursue my dreams — all of that made me more resilient than literally any person I know. I was conditioned for this. It’s gonna take time to build what I want to build with my career, but I’m not going to give up. Reading this message from you makes me feel even stronger and more supported. Seriously, thank you. I needed this.