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THE ONE THING THAT I REALLY LOVE IN CERTAIN ARTISTS IS WHEN THEY’RE VERY REAL, HONEST AND RAW WITH THEIR LYRICS. MR: I feel like “Me, Myself, and I” has become a sort of mantra for people lately. Can you tell me why this sentiment is so important for people?

which is kind of obvious: when you find someone you really like and you say, I have been through the exact same thing. I can see that you’re hurt. I’ve been hurt too.

BR: I originally wrote it with Lauren Christie. It was just she and I at a piano. I was going through an interesting time in my life. I was in a very toxic relationship and I felt like I was basing all of my self-love through this one person. I wanted to break away from that relationship. We wanted to write a song about having your own back and not needing anyone but yourself. But it’s also a love song to music. It’s always been a constant in my life. I think people in general can relate to that. It really had an energy behind it.

MR: So it’s about empathizing.

MR: We love the song “I Got You” and we love the video. Where was that filmed? BR: The video for "I Got You" was filmed at the Salt Flats in California. It was a two and a half hour drive. We got there super early in the morning, around 6 a.m. and then we were there until 12 a.m. It started out freezing cold and pitch-black and then it got so hot and freezing at night. It was fun.

MR: What was the inspiration behind that? BR: The inspiration behind the video was earth, wind, and fire, like all of the things I would go through for you, but with more of an editorial vibe and fashion-y. The idea behind that video came from the meaning of the song,

BR: Yeah, like this time it’s different: I don’t want to play games. I want to take this seriously. Will you let your walls down because I got you—it’s that kind of record.

MR: Who have been some of your biggest music inspirations throughout your life? BR: My greatest music inspirations have been Lauren Hill, Destiny’s Child, Kanye West, Alanis Morissette, Bob Marley, Imogen Heap and Coldplay. The one thing that I really love in certain artists is when they’re very real, honest and raw with their lyrics. They’re able to kind of mold themselves. I feel that all great artists have been able to do that and that’s what I aspire to do.

MR: Alanis Morissette in particular is just so raw, especially with her lyrics. BR: Absolutely. I mean Alanis Morissette wrote songs about her ex. About giving a blowjob in a movie theatre so I feel that it doesn’t get more real than that. If you write a song about going to the club and partying (and you write it to get people to buy the record — I think that’s kind of fake), but if I’m really going to the club, then I’m going to write about that and it’s based on a true story.

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