The music feels quite intimate and honest. What’s the key to a good song for you?
I think it’s the feeling overall. It’s so interesting for me to see how a song can start because a demo is always so much different compared to the result. It’s so beautiful that you can transform something into anything you want. I like a song that shakes me, so I always try to end with something that generates that feeling.
You seem to have admired strings in your music. What’s the power of these classical instruments?
Instrumentation is my favorite overall and just want people to feel that there are live players on any record. Strings make me feel super powerful and nostalgic and give me the feeling that I’m in a dream state. Dreaming is super important to me, and I try to bring that into my music by using these instruments that embody the mood.
In what way do you think that your upbringing and environment shaped the sound of your music?
In every way. I grew up around people with strong opinions and great taste. They loved turning me on to things I hadn’t heard. I grew up on country, punk, metal, soul, pop, rock ‘n’ roll … whatever. I didn’t know the names of the genres back then — it was all just music to me, and I loved it all.