The 17-year-old actress opened up to the glossy about being in the business, how she chooses the covers she performs, and more. Check it:
On covers: “I’m usually really drawn to a song, and I know it would be good to cover if it sounds like something that I could write, or I wished I could write. Sometimes a writer just sounds like they’re in your head, and that is really cool for me. But I think there’s no point in covering something unless you’re going to do something quite different and take it out of its original context and make it mean something different, and make it apply to you. So there’s lots of stuff that I really want to cover, but I know there would be no point. [Laughs] For the Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party”…my producer and I were just kind of surfing Spotify one night, and he was like, ‘Oh, do you know this band?’ I was listening to the lyrics, and, tonally, the lyrics are just so in line with something that I would write. The subject matter just sounded like something I would write if I was as good a writer as Paul Westerberg.”
On staying grounded: “Well, the way I see it is that when I meet people whose music I really inspire, and they may be a little bit famous, I still get the little, ‘Holy crap! This person wants to talk to me.’ And I think when you stop having that feeling, and you’re like, ‘Oh, of course they do,’ then maybe you’re not who you were anymore.”
On advice she’d give aspiring musicians: My advice to young people wanting to make music and to be in this industry is to really spend your time making music. Make so much music you have no friends. Make music. Figure out what it is you love, and…because if you’re making cool art, then everything else will fall into line. If it’s good enough, if it’s cool enough, if it has enough emotion in it, people will listen, and people will love it. And there’s nothing else.”
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