“I’ll probably just watch a movie,” she says, “And eat some bread. I always eat bread on planes. And go to sleep, or maybe write some songs on my laptop.” The 20-year-old Ontario native broke through in 2015 with a distinctive ode to social anxiety, “Here,” from her debut, Know-It-All.
Now, she’s writing for her next LP while reaching new audiences with a guest spot on the soundtrack to Disney’s Moana – and a bravura Saturday Night Live performance.
I’ve never been one to crave attention, which I know means that this is probably the worst career to pick.
“I’ve never been one to crave attention, which I know means that this is probably the worst career to pick.”
Other times, I’m really bad. When I write, I like squeezing as many words as possible into each bar – I’ve listened to the Fugees and Lauryn Hill for as long as I can remember, so probably a big chunk of it subconsciously comes from that.
You’re a writer on all of your songs, but you made an exception with “How Far I’ll Go” for Disney’s Moana.
They had a bunch of rooms with different producers and writers and stuff, and I was in one by myself.
I’m trying to see what will happen if I write a bit more simply.
I really wanna lean more toward the vibe of “Here,” that kind of gritty pop-soul, R&B thing.