YOU WRITE YOUR OWN LYRICS. DID WRITING ALWAYS COME NATURALLY TO YOU?
”Yah, I think so. When I was younger, I moved schools a lot and it brought out this thing in me where I felt a bit lonely. The first couple of days [at a new school] I was like, ‘Where do I put myself?’, so I used to write poems about it. Gradually, I would make friends, but then I’d move schools again. It was always like that. I really think the writing helped me have this cool relationship with myself so that was sort of how it started.”
YOU NEVER REALLY INTENDED TO BE A SINGER, RIGHT? YOU WERE JUST GOING TO WRITE THE SONGS.
”Yah, I didn’t think I was good enough because there are so many people who are so amazing. I thought the competition was so high so if I just wrote, I didn’t have to be in the limelight and could just get on with it. It might not be an easier option, but a more chilled option.”
BUT IT WORKED OUT!
”It was a happy accident, but it has worked out. It took a lot of practice, but yah!”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR DEBUT ALBUM?
”More guitar, piano, saxophone and strings… It’s groovy music, you can hear certain inflections or genres and be like, ‘Whaaat?’ [laughs]. The first half of the album is about being crazy optimistic and being in a world where nothing can go wrong – you’re totally oblivious to everything…. And then it’s talking about someone I love, about a relationship that’s going to unravel into something and you turn out to be right. When you’re like oh my god, I’ve actually turned all my fears into reality. I’m really excited and obviously a little scared about the album. But at the end of the day, the whole point of writing it was to understand what was going on, and I hope people will understand, too.”
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?
”I actually don’t know where I’m going to be in five years. Improvising is beautiful. Improvising is everything. Otherwise you’re not really living.”