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" It's good to try and stay humble and down to earth, despite media and social media. "
" Social media being used to discover new artists is great. There's not a barrier to enter the industry. People can just post music and share it. And if it's good enough, and people like it, it will grow. "
" I was totally a Bandcamp person. "
" I have to not let anything get to me and not get an ego about it and just do what I want to do, do things because I like them, and make the music that I like unapologetically. "
" It's really cathartic to play my songs live. I'm a really non-confrontational person, so my songs are kind of like all the things I never get to say to anyone. "
" I didn't make music until I was about 18. I'd been playing my whole life, but I wasn't putting it out because I didn't feel like people would take it seriously. I thought people would be like, 'It's just like sad girl music - it's like Taylor Swift.' "
" It's not an easy thing to manage - school and being in a band. "
" I love Grimes! "
" Playing all the time keeps you on everybody's mind. "
" Moving gave me confidence. I was really reclusive when I first moved. I stayed home a lot or went to shows alone. But by the second semester of my freshman year, I started making friends. "
" You're always just going to be who you are. "
" When I released 'Songs From My Bedroom'... that's the one that people started actually listening to. "
" I never thought I would get signed to a label. "
" 'Your Dog' I tried to re-record at my house, like, four times after the studio recordings were done. "
" I am way too competitive! I get so crazy that I don't even care. "
" I haven't had a terrible relationship, but I've always been the type in a relationship to give too much and not speak out about problems I had or problems that were bothering me. I just wouldn't stand up for myself in any way if I was upset about something. "
" I definitely learned stuff like advancing a show, what percentage I should be paid, what's going be in a contract I'm going sign. "
" Being a guitarist was scary, honestly, as a girl in Nashville. It just felt like no one was gonna ask me to be in a band and play guitar, like I never was gonna get asked to do that. "
" I got a toy guitar at a fundraiser and was trying to write songs with it that were ridiculous. After a week, my parents bought me a real acoustic guitar, and I started taking guitar lessons. "
" I don't talk with people about how I am feeling - I just usually write a song about it. "
" I've played music since I was six, and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn't think anyone would notice. "
" I thought that I wouldn't be able to make it because I'm a girl, but I think it was just a subconscious feeling. Pretty much every gig I went to was a band with four dudes. "
" A lot of music that's my favorite doesn't sound like the music I write. "
" Those reflective moments for me usually come from loneliness and separation from people. "
" I was just happy with having friends that I liked and going to shows that I wanted to see. "
" I don't really idolize artists. "
" I've seen girls start playing music who have told me they were inspired by me. "
" Mitski is an influence to me as a writer. "
" When I signed my first record deal, I brought it over to my lawyer to look over. "
" I think all girls do struggle with image, despite not knowing what's going on with other people. "
" I kind of tend to write a lot of songs, so it's never too hard for me to finish an album; it's more about just getting enough songs that I really love. "