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" The Knife can't stop cloaking brilliant pop songs in voodoo jam blankets. "
" Once I got into pop songwriting, I was kind of just ready to help other people tell their stories... I'm here to facilitate and structure and grow and make things a little more fabulous and a little more urgent. "
" My fashion is inspired by Tina Turner and Sharon Stone. "
" All songwriters are known as 'topliners' because the vocal goes on top of the track. "
" I love songs, Patty Larkin, Sharon Stone, Mae West, and Marilyn Monroe. "
" It's interesting to see the more femme that you present yourself, the more people sort of dehumanize you. "
" People are always quick to judge SPW because of the fact that I wear heels. For me, I just have no choice. This is just how I feel beautiful and how I feel awesome. I would just be so uncomfortable onstage if I was wearing something else. "
" I like to make glamorously informed songs for glamorously intelligent people. "
" If I'm hanging out with my friends or I'm working out, I'll listen to female singer-songwriters from the '90s because that's where my heart lies. "
" Pop just means popular - it can be any genre, and if it becomes popular, then it's pop music. "
" I wouldn't want to write a song in a pair of sneakers. I think it would be a horrible song. "
" If a song is being written for a woman, there should be a woman in the room collaborating. "
" In the band Semi-Precious Weapons, I got to sing, wear, and say exactly what I wanted for ten years. "
" My success happened pretty late in life. I can't even believe it happened. "
" I've experienced some really very obvious, direct homophobia - when I was still trying to be an artist, behind the scenes, being told to be less gay, be less feminine. "
" I'm fortunate that I have a female publisher, and her boss is a man of color. My world is a little more diverse, but the majority of the business is not diverse at all. "
" A little makeover never hurt nobody. "
" The only thing that's serious to me about music is making sure marginalized people are included in the story. "
" Even though L.A. can be kind of tacky, when a city's big draws are The Roxy and the Viper Room, you know its pretty amazing. "
" If you listen to Semi-Precious Weapons' last single, 'Aviation High,' you can definitely hear that even in my old band, even in the songs I was writing then, the pop influence really started to take over. "
" In every school, there's always the kid who gets it the worst, and I was, for sure, that kid. Every time you had to get in a line that was boys and girls, it was like my worst nightmare. A lot of kids I know got made fun of for being gay; that was not my issue: I was just called a girl endlessly. "
" Being a songwriter, you are accepting that this isn't about you. If you do want it to be about you, you're going to be really miserable. "
" I've had the experience of going through homophobia in my work, and I can share my experiences so future generations don't have to deal with what I've dealt with. "
" Obviously, Gaga's one of the greatest music visionaries of our time, and Beyonce is one of the greatest visions of our time. She is a music visionary, too. "
" I thought I was a superstar at 12. "
" A lot of writers don't know what it feels like to get on stage. They don't understand the weight that songs can carry. I got a chance to play all these shows. I got a chance to define myself through music, so when it comes to helping other people figure out what they should say, I've been through it. "
" I really do pride myself on being able to help other people tell their stories and bring out the best in them. But I still, every song I'm writing, I still need to relate to it. I still need to find my true self in it, or else it'll feel dishonest. I mean, everything has a queer meaning as far as I'm concerned. "
" Truly saying sorry is never easy to do, and when you are, you just hope it's not too late. "
" In some ways, it's more rewarding to hear someone interpret a piece of music that you're a part of. "
" I am a genderless sea creature who has been writing and studying music since I was 12. "
" When I saw Courtney Love in 1994, I knew what I wanted to do. The minute I saw a female-fronted rock n' roll band, that changed my life. "