I suffer from anxiety, moments of depression.
I'm in my head so much, and I'm thinking so much, I'm playing a tug-of-war within my mind.
I feel like baggy pants are cool.
As an artist, I never want to be a moment.
I want to be a legacy, and I want my music to touch people for years to come.
It's my job to accept my youth, to spread my story, to let people know who I am as an individual, because there's so many people who are blinded and think less of me because of my skin color.
I knew if I worked hard enough that I'd be successful and eventually give opportunities to others.
I was in the sixth grade and living in Germany, when I was hanging out late with some friends. I turned around, and there's a dude dressed up as Michael Myers following us all the way home. It was the scariest thing ever, and it always reminds me of Halloween. In my mind, I was so young, so I really thought it was Mike Myers following me home.
Uzi is insanely good and super creative.
A lot of people feel pressured by the outside influences, whether it's your job, whether it's school. But who says you can't take care of that stuff and still be young?
I want to venture out into music education for kids.
As a child, I was discouraged by a lack of money, and now I want to use my platform to give back to kids without resources.
I want people to know that it's OK to have feelings;
it's OK to be vulnerable. That no matter where they live around the world, teenagers all go through the same things.
And even though I'm famous, I still go through things that young people go through.
My mom and I, we have trust within each other because at one time in our lives, we were kind of all that we had, you know? My mom had me, and I had her.
Even though I wasn't born or raised in El Paso, it'll always be a part of me until the day that I die.
I'm an African-American man with an Afro who isn't your typical athlete - who wasn't as masculine as other guys.
I've met so many new fans and amazing people while traveling to new cities and locations throughout 2017 in support of my album 'American Teen.'
El Paso is where I started. I don't feel like I'd be making the music I'm making now if I hadn't gone there.
In my home, we listened to music all the time.
I was raised through music, and I've been interested in it since I was three.
My peers inspire me, especially being a newer artist.
Once you're comfortable with the way that you're dressing, you express yourself a lot more, and you're just able to have a lot more fun.
A lot of people think teenagers haven't gone through anything in their lives - they're not even 20 years old yet. But a twenty-something can go through the same type of experience or heartbreak that a 50-year-old can go through, so why does age matter?
I'm really excited about what the future holds and to grow as an individual and as an artist.
I'm a regular guy, and I don't want anyone to look at me as being superior or having a God complex or anything like that, you know? I don't want to walk around like I know everything, because I have so much more room to improve.
I feel like we go through different stages of love.
When you get a little bit older, love starts to feel different, but you see that love has always been there.
Combing your hair after a long time is terrible.
With 'Location' and all the other songs around it, my music turned into therapy for others. And that's something I really love and am blown away by.
My mind was so geared towards being a performing artist, singing all these classical pieces, but the sense of loneliness I got when I moved from New York to El Paso meant that writing turned into singing. I'd sing all these songs, and they'd make me feel better. Songs that crafted the way my life was going to go.
The first songs I made brought me to the Grammys.
I was a five-times nominated teenager off voice memos and songs that were clearly recorded off different mics.
I've felt like an outcast most of my life, being in multiple high schools and being a military child.
For me, when I grew up, I never really had an outlet when it came to my social surroundings. Even if I had a form of popularity, I felt like I was very limited.
My high school was what crafted my interest in recording.
Being vulnerable was difficult for me at first because I've said things in my songs about how I felt that I never told anybody.
Being timeless means you can listen to something when you're feeling a certain way, and it still has that same power as it did when you listened to the record for the first time. Timeless is abnormal. It sticks out. It can't be recreated.
I definitely associate songs with the places that I've been.
Art is fluid, and it travels. You have to let music take you where it wants to take you. You can't necessarily be the controller.
Joel Little and I have this certain chemistry we have when we work together.
I wrote 'Saved' as a form of therapy to get over the fact that I had moved and lost so much of myself.
I try to take all of my experiences in and not take anything for granted.
I was very confused with where my life was heading, but I knew that whatever I did, music was going to be involved.
I love visiting my friends because it makes me feel normal.
Falling in love in high school and falling out of love - it's very digital.
I've had breakups where they've called me to tell me we were done, and I've gotten a lot of text messages from an old girlfriend letting me know how she felt about me after we had ended everything.
I always try to be nice. I never want to be that person that anyone perceives as being rude or disrespectful, 'cause that's not me at all.
What really keeps me grounded is my fans and the way that I connect with them.
My mom is my biggest inspiration by far.
She inspires me on a daily basis. I remember hearing her sing around the house, and I was like, 'Mom, you belong on TV. You're a superstar.'
Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself.
For me, love is endless, and love has no age limit.
When I started writing, I said, 'I don't know how to do this.
I don't know if it sounds good.' Coming from being an underdog or being told that something wasn't for you over and over repeatedly, it took a lot out of me. It took a lot of my self-confidence.
If you don't text your relationship partner - even if you just saw them in person - it's like you're doing something wrong.
I've got to thank the city of El Paso for standing behind me.
Lorde is awesome. She's amazing. She's so talented. We went on tour in Europe, and it was the greatest time of my life.
I can't play an instrument to save my life.
But when I'm creating, and when I'm making music, I feel like I'm the head of the orchestra, and I'm just waving my wand, and something is created.