Your music is beginning to travel the world. Which places meant the most to you as career breakthrough points?
London and New York are really important to me. I think I spent most of last fall in London, doing writing sessions with different people almost every day. Island UK was the first international label deal I signed, quickly followed by my Island US deal and LoyalT Management. They’re like my second family.
And what about team work? How present is that in what you do?
This whole thing is a big group project. I couldn’t have done this without my team (including all the writers and producers I work with), they’re great!
One can say you were raised with music all around you. What are the biggest lessons and inspirations you recall from that?
Haha, it’s true! I remember spending a lot of time admiring my older sister and brother singing and playing, and asking them for advice. I still do!
Speaking of family, did you have a cat growing up?
Well, when people ask me about my career goals, I always say my biggest goal in life is to own a cat. And I’m not kidding. We had a cat named Sala Palmer for 15 years. I’m glad I’m telling this to a cat friendly magazine, ’cause I know it’ll sound weird. Whenever I played covers on the piano, Sala acted like a normal cat and didn’t care. But when I started playing my own songs, she would jump on the piano chair, sit next to me and try to cuddle my hands playing the piano. It’s a big mystery to me whether she understood those were my songs or not! I noticed she specifically liked Sun, the first song I wrote. It was all about happy chords, cosy and not too ‘challenging’. Weird. This is starting to look like a cat forum, but, seriously, if you know anything about the link between cats and music, please let me know!