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" My parents took a fairly liberal approach at raising me, always encouraging me to be creative and free-thinking. "
" It's all about the music. Everything else is just extra. "
" I love looking out at a sea of people. It's mind-blowing. But I also like playing clubs. "
" 'Say It Loud' came from many, many small battles. From, 'I hate myself, and I hate this,' to, 'I love this, and it's my favorite thing...' to, 'This is the best thing in existence.' "
" I like mixing things up. That makes it more interesting. I love mixing in slower funk with what I do. I'll add drum and bass and put my foot to the gas pedal and press it to the floor. "
" Most of the people that work for me are my friends, and I'd like to keep it that way. "
" I think we're finally in a culture now where being gay is normalized. "
" I also think something that makes the whole live performance fun for me is that I love my music. "
" I was surprised how supportive my family and friends were in my coming out, and it gave and still gives me hope. "
" The most important thing, to me is the intention of where things come from, like, why did you use it? What were the intentions of what you did? And if the intention is good, the intention is pure, then everything will turn out good. "
" Stay in school and band, kids! It had its nerdy moments, and I always felt like I wanted to do something more with it. "
" For 'The Anthem,' a lot of my fans were like 'Oh, man, he's getting lazy making just, like, a pop format tune that everyone's doing these days.' But on this album, I wanted to write songs with vocals that would get stuck in my head, not just movements of instrumentals. "
" There is so much energy when you work with other people. I'm working with friends and having a blast. "
" My life is my music, so how can I stop? I put 100 percent into my career. I keep this flow going, and that's important. "
" My roots in electronic music go from weird glitch music to now what's seen as pop music. Electronic music is pop music now. "
" I haven't written my favorite song yet, and I hope I never do. "
" I wanna take a step forward, and I also wanna make sure that step forward is the step that I want and that I'm not being pressured by life. You try and get better at doing something, and a lot of the time, it's because somebody told you that you needed to be better. "
" I'm obsessed with the sound of today, but I was raised on the Motown sound. "
I Was Raised
" My one experience with Lollapalooza was in 2009 - it was actually the first music festival I've ever been to. "
" I love playing live and creating these records that people are so into. "
" If you make music with business in your head, it'll show. I make it from the heart. There's a difference. "
" It is totally cool to be gay. "
" No matter what happens with EDM, I would like to go to New Orleans and just play with one of those small funk bands in an intimate venue. How cool would it be to work with a band with those huge horn lines and produce all of that great funk that makes you just want to party? "
" I never really had the chance to play the kind of music I wanted to play. It was always just classical. It had its limits. I play piano now and again in the new forms of music that I actually want to play, but at the time, it was something that I just kind of moved past. "
" Being in the high-school band was some of the funnest years of my life. "
" I just really liked those trumpets and horns - Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie - and I honed in on that. I always looked for those big horn lines. "
" I don't need more money. I don't need that to be happy. "
" Piano was my first instrument, but it wasn't the instrument that I showed the most proficiency on. "
" There's no such thing as a bad Miyazaki film. "
" Computers are really patient. They can sit there all day. It's a totally different situation dealing with humans. They can be tired or overly excited. "
" My whole thing, to keep myself interested - and, you know, I'm a huge hip-hop head - I have tons and tons of a cappellas. So I do these live remix mash-ups with my tracks and just throw them in there. "