I’ve always had dreams that come true and no understanding or control of it. It’s not until you learn to silence the clutter that you can pay attention to the coincidences.
[As a teenager] I didn’t see myself as a songwriter; I felt myself as a songwriter. I heard music, and I was writing down all the notes and composing it. But I didn’t know how to write music.
Realizing her unique power to bridge social cliques:
I was like, ‘I don’t have to be this way or this way or this way.’ I am really comfortable in all these environments and with all these different people. So I made it my business to find every scene in Philadelphia — house-music parties, college parties. I was a connector, because all these different people would never hang out together, but they’d be together with me. That’s what my music does. And that’s what I realized.
I feel like I am pop, but I don’t fit in this fucking formula, so nowadays, I don’t know what I am. People have been influenced by [me] and I’ve seen blatant rip-offs too, and that’s fine, because that’s what happens.
Photos by Márton Perlaki