Once I've learned all those things and gotten through the hard times, I come out feeling really powerful.— Skylar Grey
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I discovered that my insecurities and my flaws were things that I actually need to embrace, and I let them become my superpowers.
Expectations are an evil thing.
I would say that nobody is going to work harder for your career than yourself - the one with the vision. No matter how many people you hire, nobody is going to get is as much as yourself does. So it's really important to be your own leader at all times and not hand it all off, otherwise the whole empire will fall apart.
I lived in a cabin in the woods in Oregon, and I'd basically given up on the music industry for an indefinite amount of time. And while I was out there, I came up with a very specific vision of what I wanted my music to sound like.
I didnt have any knowledge of the music industry when I first got to L.
A., and I really didnt know on a creative level what I wanted to sound like, so I had to do a lot of experimenting. It led to a spiral of depression and being broke.
My mom always puts a grapefruit in my stocking.
I like grapefruit, but why put it in a stocking like it's a gift? It's almost as bad as coal.
Writing songs for other people was never the goal for me.
Honestly, I don't recommend anyone get into music.
If you have something else that you're good at, do that instead. This is a really tough world to live in.
I write a lot about the past because I really see things clearly in hindsight.
I come from a place of darkness when I write because I'm always trying to figure things out. It's kind of like my own therapy when I write music. It's me working through my own problems hopefully. And putting it into a song.
I love New York. I first came here with my Mom when I was in 9th grade. I took the subway for the first time and the doors closed between me and my Mom, and I was so scared. I could see her through the window and I didn't know what to do. I got off at the next stop and she caught up to me, but I couldn't stop crying.
Mazomanie doesn't even have a stoplight, so it doesn't do a lot.
But the cheese curds there are unbelievable. I've never had them anywhere else, even at places in California that claim to have the real thing. There's a cheese factory in Arena, Mazomanie's neighboring town, and they'll give you fresh curds that are so amazing.
I have a tattoo on my foot that says 'it's a whale' in Japanese, because Japanese people kill whales. My stuffed whale was like most children's teddy bear. I took it with me everywhere. I slept with it. I couldn't live without my whale.
Since I started making music, it had always been for myself.
One of my biggest problems is I get bored too easily, and I like to experiment too much, to the point where I confuse myself and I confuse my fans.
Alex [Da Kid] does have diversity, not just in what he produces, but what he hears. He has this knack for finding talented people.
I moved out to L.A. when I was 17, dropped out of high school, and pursued a career in music.
Putting out a debut album is a bit scary - I want it to be just right, so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem's increased involvement has been such a blessing; I'm getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust.
But do you ever think of me, when you lie? Lie down in your bed, your bed of lies.
I played trumpet in school once because I joined band because a cute boy played trumpet too. And I was really bad at trumpet.
I'm a shy person, so I get really nervous going into interviews.
I feel like D.C. is one of the places in America that really holds on to history. The monuments inspire me, especially at night.
I realize that I really have to make music work for me as a career because I can't do anything else.
I don't think I have changed my personality as much as I have evolved as a human. Before the name change, I was very timid, very self-conscious. Just not very confident. When I changed my name, it came from a place of power.
The best songs for me come from the search for joy.
You're in a negative place maybe, but you're still striving to improve yourself and find happiness.
I think, honestly, that a lot of people think I'm sad and dark all the time, because of the music I have made. But there's a huge part of my personality that's really energetic, outgoing and goofy.