Words are more powerful than some noises.
Noises won't last long. Lyrics are so important, and people don't realise that.
I'm pretty sure I don't have any songs that are about how much I love someone.
They're all either about, like, 'I hate you,' or 'You make me hate me.'
When I do have free time, I spend it with friends, or I spend it at home writing or making something.
If you write in the same way over and over again, like, in the same place with the same techniques and with the same people, you're sort of writing the same song over and over again.
People have so much going on in their heads.
I'm like, If you could write a song, you'd feel so much better!
It's rare for anyone to value the opinions of a teenage girl.
My brother had written 'Ocean Eyes,' and we recorded it, basing all of the production around contemporary and lyrical dance. I think of most songs that way - if you can't dance to a song, it's not a song.
I listen to music all day every day. I can't not listen to music. It's kind of scary how much I listen to music, but it's what I love, and it's all I care about, so I'm good with it.
I think everybody deserves an equal amount of appreciation whether how old they are, but I mean, I'm cool with the praise. I'm good.
I'm a really particular person. I want it my way.
There are alway going to be bad things. But you can write it down and make a song out of it.
Lyrics are so important, but they're really underrated.
My whole life, I've sung and listened to music, and since the beginning, I've had iTunes and used Apple Music for streaming.
In the public eye, girls and women with strong perspectives are hated.
If you're a girl with an opinion, people just hate you. There are still people who are afraid of successful women, and that's so lame.
I grew up on the Beatles; I love Linkin Park and Green Day. I heard hip-hop for the first time at 11 and realized what I was missing.
We uploaded 'Ocean Eyes' to SoundCloud, and it started getting a lot of plays pretty much immediately.
It's really fun to put yourself into a character - into shoes you wouldn't normally be in.
I had a period in my life where I decided that I would never be bored again and that, if I had any free time at all, I would make plans, and I would always be doing things. It actually was great for a year or so, but then I lost all of my friends.
It's really fun to be on stage in front of people.
I've always liked being busy. If I have nothing to do for a week, it just makes me mad.
Sexism is everywhere, bro. I don't know if it's ever not somewhere.
Me and my brother get along super well.
We're, like, best friends. So we'll stay up until, like, five just talking because we get along and, you know, it's cool. And he respects my opinions, and I respect his, even if we don't have the same opinions, but a lot of the time we do.
I always wanted to be a Vine star. I wasn't, thank God.
I really love Linkin Park, and I loved Chester Bennington, and it is horrible what happened to him. I grew up listening to him because my dad would make these mixtapes with a lot of different artists - Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, The Beatles, Sarah McLachlan, I just really loved Linkin Park, and their production is really sick.
What inspires me about rap is that it's written in an almost poetic way. I just think it's so cool.
Clothing & fashion are kind of my security blanket, almost.
When I write, I try to become different characters.
I really like hip-hop and rap; that's my main influence. I really wanna be more of a hip-hop artist.
I like to be in control of how I look and how I feel and how I act.
If I make music and people hate it, you know, whatever.
I'll die someday, and one day, they will too.
When I was four, I wrote a song about falling into a black hole.
Pretty much my whole life, I've been a performer and have loved singing and writing songs in my room for my own ears.
All of the Vines that were acted & setup & had nice cameras, those weren't the good Vines. The good Vines were, like, a random little kid in the middle of a forest, like, yelling.
If I'm inspired to make a certain kind of song, I'm going to make that kind of song, no matter if it's what they know me as or think I am.
I play piano and ukulele, and I taught myself those things just because I wanted to play them.
I don't want people at my shows to come out and say, 'I just saw a cool show.
' I want them to say, 'I had fun at the show.' I want it to be a collaborative thing and be part of the audience and have them be part of me. I try to interact with everyone there and have them be equal to me because they are.
I don't really get nervous that much, or if I do, only I know.
It's all inside me. I am good at hiding everything.
I'm trying to show everybody that I'm a girl, and I'm five foot four, and you can do anything you want, no matter your gender. It's your world, too!
I think it's really cool when artists have song titles or album names that are a really conversational sentence.
I've always done whatever I want and always been exactly who I am.
I don't even call them fans. I don't like that. They're literally just a part of my life; they're a part of my family. I don't think of them as on a lower level than me. I don't think I'm anything but equal to all of them. So yeah, they're basically all of my siblings.
I find a lot of inspiration through visuals.
When I was 12, I saw Aurora's 'Runaway' music video. Something inside me clicked, like, 'That is what I want to do, no matter whether it goes anywhere or not.'
It's more important for me to have a good record with good music and be part of a movie that's good and where the music is used in a really great way. That's the important thing. The other stuff you want to say about it, I don't care.
I go through a lot of depression, and I know other people do, too, but I have an outlet that so many people don't. If you have that inside of you and can't get it out, what do you do?
If I'm in a bad mood, or if I'm uncomfortable, it's probably what I'm wearing that's making me feel that way.
I always want to create and do things, or draw.
Writing music is just like writing a book.
I have so many designs and video ideas and lyrics in my head, so I always try to be productive.
I've been in the Los Angeles Children's Chorus since I was 8.
I don't see myself as a pop artist. Like, when you hear 'pop,' you're like, 'Oh, bubblegum, jumpy little girly stuff,' and I feel like, 'Uh-uh. That's not me.'