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" After my mother passed away, I really felt there were things that I hadn't said or things that I did say that I kind of regretted saying. "
" I would say the first concert I ever went to is my earliest memory. I was four and already obsessed with Michael Jackson. We were living in Munich at the time. My mom, being the best person ever, somehow managed to get us two tickets to the '97 Michael Jackson History World Tour. "
" I don't meditate anymore, and I wouldn't call myself a Buddhist nowadays, though I do chant mantras here and there depending on the situation. "
" Once I accumulated a bunch of sounds and learned how to use Logic, I was like, 'Wait a second, I don't need to work with any producers. I can do this on my own.' "
" I put a lot of pressure on myself. "
" When I wrote 'Monsoon,' I always imagined the music video being shot in India. The song had so much to do with my time in India with my mother as well as leaving her in India during the monsoon season to visit my family in N.Y. It really was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to shoot in India. "
" After my mother passed away, I felt as though I would never have a relationship as strong as the one that I had had with her. Then, after a lot of ups and downs, I started dating again - but I realised pretty quickly that I was never going to write cheesy love songs. "
" My friends and family unknowingly tend to get in the way when I'm in my creative zones. "
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" When you lose someone that's really important to you, I feel like it's something that never really goes away. It's almost learning how to live with an empty feeling; it's weird. Something's always missing, but you kind of get used to it. "
" I could never know someone who could hurt someone else and not feel like a horrible person. "
" 'Conexao,' which means 'connection' in Portuguese, is about exploring the more nuanced highs and lows of romance. "
" Music can be a way for me to think back a lot of the time, almost like an opening into all the nostalgia I never express. "
" I studied a lot from bossa nova, and I used to listen to it a lot as a kid because my mum would play it. I even wanted to learn Portuguese in high school so I could sing in it. "
" My mother definitely plays a big role in my life and in my work. The majority of what I've created has to do with her passing and how I dealt with losing the most important person in my life. "
" I ended up having an epiphany that no body of work I put out will ever mean as much to me as '3:33 AM.' "
" Making music was always a big interest for me. "
" I get so insecure about studio sessions. "
" I think I have a harder time writing about things that I am not actually going through. "
" I love seeing the videos of people who go and talk to these neo-Nazis because they're like, 'I'm just here to have a conversation and understand.' Having a conversation about it and talking about your emotions without judgement. You have to be able to be completely open, because they're not going to be, but you could turn a new leaf in their life. "
" My mother was a Tibetan Buddhist. "
" I like to write things that are a soundtrack to my life so if I am experiencing that moment, I want to portray what would be playing in the background. "
" Just politics in general is a disgusting thing. "
" People are entitled to their own opinions and what they believe in, but it's very hard when it's something that logically does not make sense; but talking about it is always good. "
" I need quiet when I'm recording because I don't want any noise in the background. "