I'm just trying to speak on the absolutes within the human experience. My songs are meant to touch on themes everyone can understand, whether you're a 70-year-old woman or a 12-year-old boy. We all know about love, faith, sadness, despair, hope, hopelessness, longing, desire ... those are things we all have inside of us, and that's what my songs are about ... what it means to be a human being.
5. Did you write this album for yourself, or for others?
I write for myself; I release the albums to connect with everyone else.
6. Why did you decide to remain independent as a music artist?
I'm only interested in working with people who will add value and commit themselves to helping my project. That's hard to find. This music is my life and I'm devoted to it implicitly. When I find people who care about my project, the team grows, but I don't need a brand on my ass that says "Property of XYZ music" to feel validated.
7. What do you do to stay focused and refreshed while you are on tour?
I try to go running whenever I have the time. That's a fun way to get to see a city when you're only in town for 24 hours.
8. Is there a genre of music you listen to that would surprise your fans?
I listen to Rick Ross pretty much every day. I've been working on that "Huhhh" noise he makes; maybe it'll pop up on my next album. I just like music; I listen to all kinds of stuff.
9. What has been the best moment of your touring experience thus far?
Earlier this year, when I took the stage in London at Union Chapel and the fans just erupted. It was insane. That was the biggest room I've ever headlined and the response from the fans was overwhelming. Honestly though, every time we get on stage and people show up, I'm pumped.
10. What is the "thousand pounds of hurt" that you speak about on the song "Atlanta"?
It can mean whatever you'd like it to mean. Once I release the songs, your interpretation of the lyrics is just as valid as mine.