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" All I want to do at karaoke is sing Mariah Carey. "
" My father was obsessed with folk music from around the world, and I think the countless artists who performed them are my biggest influences. "
" When I go onstage and am performing the way I want to... I finally feel like myself. "
" I think my real influences are out of my control, which are the things that entered my brain when I was a kid growing up. "
" I tend to kind of try to use what's in my environment to the best of my ability rather than seek out things that I don't already have. "
" On one hand, I think it's very important to talk about race and talk about gender, because if it's not talked about, then we won't progress. What I have a problem with is when it becomes another form of tokenization, of shrinking me into a symbol instead of a multilayered, female Asian artist. "
" I hope to be a writer and musician my whole life, fingers crossed. "
" When you're young is the one time when you get to indulge in being morose and take yourself most seriously. "
" It's very tempting, when somebody says they like this about you, to want to do that over and over. "
" My personality's very obsessive-compulsive. I tend to fixate a lot. "
" I try to be regimented and try to stay healthy and work out and eat properly and go to sleep. And not get too caught up in the industry in my regular life, so I can save all my expression and energy for my art. "
" I don't want to be a musician's musician. I want to be an everyone's musician. "
" I have my privileges, but I do feel like at every turn there is such resistance. Things seem to take so much longer for me to do. I have to say things 10 times instead of once. I have to knock on 10 different doors instead of two. For everything. All the time. I feel like I'm not taken seriously. "
" It's nice to know there's a big world with many perspectives. I tend to get so stuck in my own small world easily, and going out into the world reminds me that I'm not the center of the world - in a good way. "
" I really just care about making music and how I can make it next. "
" I don't want to be elitist. "
" I always have strong urges to sabotage myself. Whenever someone says they like something about my music, I tend to not want to do that anymore. It's not even that I don't like it anymore: it's that I keep trying to find ways for people to dislike me. "
" I think growing up the way I did has made me a lot more objective, and that's important in the process of writing and trying to look at subjective matter that way. "
" Music was the one thing that was just mine, and no one could take it from me. I created it, dictated it, and it made me not able to let go of it. "
" In my first few years of being in New York, I had a major identity crisis because I'd never stayed in one place for so long. "
" I think the pressure gets to me when I play shows and there's more people in the audience than I'm used to. "
" I don't really listen to pop-country, but I like really, really old country that's closer to folk. Like Johnny Cash, who is considered country. "
" I didn't fit in anywhere when I grew up, but I was always American, so to survive, I created this 'ideal America.' Finally I came to the U.S. and realised, 'Oh, I don't belong here, either.' "
" I was a film major because, for some reason, I thought that that was a creative job that had more job opportunities. I don't know what logic I was following, but that was my impression at the time. "
" I hate that my opinions are gonna be on record... that my opinions of other artists are going to be on record. "
" You can be heartbroken about a relationship but also, from it, realize you are you, and you're okay with who you are or where you came from. "
" I think people don't realize how little of being an artist is making art. "
" When you're an adult, things mellow out. I think when you're a teenager and you are sad and the world is ending, everything is about that one sadness. "
" Pop artists work really hard, and they might not work for the same things that indie artists do, but they're still musicians, and they're still making art. "
" If I have a song where I hit some really high notes, I want to try to bring in equivalently low notes somewhere in there. "
" It would actually feel forced or unnatural to try to do a different singing style or to try to change my sound completely. "