What drew you to the music industry?

Honestly, it's the whole picture. From the making of the music, to performing and promoting it, and creating visuals... each step of the process is, to me, exciting. I find everything about this industry alluring and exciting.

Who are you inspired by?

My mom. As far as musicians are concerned: The Neptunes, Timbaland, Darkchild, Lenny KravitzMissy ElliottThe Neptunes, Prince, Beyoncé... Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime. 

Please explain your creative process.

I feel like I can, and should, always be working... so my head is always in a creative space. I find inspiration everywhere, and I never know when it's gonna strike, so I make a lot of notes and voice memos.

The process of creating a song is different from one to another. It depends on what tools I have at my disposal at a given time. What I love so much about music, and why it continues to hold my attention, is that there is constantly something to be done. Whether it's composing, writing, mixing, mastering... conceptualizing the visual elements for a track, or what my live show will look like... it's amazing.

What's an average day like for you?

After I force myself out of bed? [Laughs] I go to the gym, meet with my vocal coach, then spend a lot of time listening to and tweaking my music before I go to work. Even there, I'm still thinking about the music, until my shift ends and then it's off to the studio for the night.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Yes. "Two hands celebrate, two fists dominate" is a lyric about an abusive relationship I was in... "Malign" is a song sung from an outsider's perspective about myself. Then you have a line like "bask in my ambiance," which sounds one way but is actually something my father would say after farting. I really do find inspiration everywhere. [Laughs]

Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?

I collaborated with Alessandro Diaz and our sound engineer on this project. They really created a safe space for me to be weird, full of attitude but vulnerable. As corny as it sounds, they made the studio feel like a second home. Having said that, they also pushed me to go beyond my self-imposed limitations and weren't afraid to give honest feedback. I feel very confident in who I am, and in what I'm creating, and they respected that at the end of the day, whatever I'm putting out into the world has to be 100% me.

Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.

I'm more obsessed with my fans than they ever could be with me or my music. I melt when I'm shown support or when people respond positively to a song I've created. It makes all of the hard work feel worthwhile.

What is your favorite part of this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?

I love creating visuals. It's like the playtime you earn after the hard work's over - you can dress up and add even more depth to a track's music and lyrics.

Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

In life? Yes. On stage?... Yes! I am human, and I think if I ever stop feeling even a little anxious it'll be my cue to do something else. That anxiety really fuels me to keep on pushing and kick ass.

Tell me about your favorite performance venues.

I love performing outdoors. Venues steps from the beach, or music festivals... I'd love to perform at fashion shows, too.

What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Know who you are, but understand that you are always evolving. The harder you work, the easier it is to get that work done. Visualize what you want and go after it... Have fun, stay positive. And remain humble, always.