When I'm writing, I mean what I'm saying - there's a lot of me in each song.
I always like Madonna; any Madonna song is good for me.
My aunt, Rosie Gaines, sung with Prince - 'Diamonds and Pearls.' And at the time, I didn't realize how big of a song that was. I just thought, 'Oh, that's my auntie singing with Prince. That's cool.'
My aim is for every song to have a purpose - for you to be able to say, 'This song is about this.' But love and heartbreak are some of the most abstract subjects.
It's always nice to be able to capture your life's experiences in a song and hold the emotion in that way.
Sometimes being an actor is being a song in someone else's mixtape, so I really understand why more and more actors are making films of their own.
It's very important to me that every person takes away their own meaning from a song, and it's why I don't always love spelling out what a song is about for somebody.
The people that only listen to one song from a record and flip around that much, if that's the only way they listen to music, they're probably the kind of people that like music as something to drive to, you know?
It's a songwriter's dream to have a song recorded and run up the charts.
In every song, there is a vocal element that doesn't have any words. I wanted to play around with how emotive and expressive my voice could be.
You have a song, and people know it. It's like a calling card for you.
I usually write my music on a piano, and I really enjoy performing that way, because that actually shows how the music was in my mind before it actually became an electronic song.