At 26, how would you describe the first half of your 20s and how do you want the next four years to play out?
Right now, I am the most secure in myself. I feel like in the beginning of my 20s, I wasn’t really secure and confident. I feel like I’ve learned so much and I know that the strongest thing I can be is me after going through all the experiences that you go through in the first six years of your 20s. It actually takes no effort to be yourself, and if you just let yourself be yourself, that’s when you are the happiest and most successful in whatever you’re trying to do. I just became more confident in my own skin. For the next four years, I think I have a lot in me that I really need to get out musically and creatively. The next four years are just putting in that work and getting it out.
Do you look forward to the 30s then?
I look forward to all of it. There are parts of me that are unsure of what it will feel like, but I really try to embrace all parts of life.
If any artist, dead or alive, could cover any one of your songs, who would you want it to be?
I think I would have to say, Stevie Wonder. If Stevie sang along with me to one of my songs, that would be it. [Laughs]
What’s a good song of yours for getting ready in the morning?
“Rudimental,” for sure. I wrote it about these children that I work with in this mentoring program that I’m a part of and the morning—that freshness and that first moment when you walk outside and the sun hits your face and you’re like, “Life is beautiful.” I feel like that’s a good morning song.
What about me-time?
“How To Feel.” It’s slightly depressing, but it definitely is calming. [Laughs]
I would probably say “On My Mind” because it’s really fun and upbeat.
Finally, a sexy time one?
“Healer” would be the sexy time one, for sure. I don’t write a lot of sexy music; “Healer” is the only sexy song I have out right now.