Many artists pushed back their album release due to the current world situation, but you decided to go ahead and release your album Nicotine. Weren’t you scared that it wouldn’t do as well due to the lockdown?
I was a little nervous, but at the same time, it is what it is. Things are going to happen the way that they’re going to happen, I guess. I had already promised my fans that I was going to release my album, I couldn’t just postpone it. I was nervous that it wasn’t going to get the attention it deserved, but it’s doing well now. Of course, I don’t know how it would’ve done if we weren’t in lockdown. I’m really happy with the way things are going and I’m really confident in the future.
The album is a good mix between R&B, pop, and hip-hop, what makes it special in your opinion?
To me, it was just a bunch of music that I was creating that made me happy. My friends and I were just jamming out, and I was just telling my story of the past year. I just kept going with that. There are little bits of everything in that album. I feel like everything is very tasteful.
At the start of your career, you wrote a lot of songs on your own and made them yourself, now you’re already working with big producers like Finneas, the brother of Billie Eilish. How was it to work together with him?
It’s really cool, and I learned a lot from working with him and other people. They’ve helped me broaden my perspective on everything. Sometimes when you make music all by yourself, it gets easy to overthink things. I’m not a huge overthinker anymore when it comes to music. I just like to make things and as soon as I think it’s fine, I go on to the next thing. I have a really fast workflow.
Whereas a lot of the guys I work with, they’ll work past that and push a little further. I always thought the imperfections were perfect — and I still think that to some extent — but there are certain things that Finneas taught me that I can do to keep pushing past that.