I feel like a lot of artists these days are going out with being a feminist and making it cool, and being outspoken and letting it be mainstream, which is a great thing. I absolutely think it should be mainstream to be a feminist, it should be a no-brainer to speak up about stuff and have a voice.
I recorded a lot of songs that I knew I didn’t like just because maybe part of me wanted to be nice, maybe part of me just wanted to be in the studio, but I’ve been learning that it’s really important to do what you want to do. Even though I might not write all of it, I am still picking out the songs that I want to do. A lot of people who are writing for me are people I have worked with for a while so they know who I am and what I want. I have a lot of opinions and I have learned that it is absolutely okay to express them and to say, “No, I don’t want this.”
It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s great having that goal and never settling, but at the same time I am rarely satisfied with things. I usually walk off stage thinking I can do better next time, it has to be more, more, more. Sometimes you have to just sit down and be like, “I’m in New York right now doing what I love.” Look at all these things – I won a EMA last week.