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As a musician, how has yoga affected you?

You know, I feel like it all came from yoga. I feel like I went through a little down phase of what I was doing. Yoga brought me back to my own media, which is interesting, ‘cause it’s like it made my mind quiet. Then I felt like I found my voice.

How long have you been practicing?

Almost five years. When I started my first major label deal, it was a lot of chaos. My father passed away and I was like screaming in my head. Everything was going crazy and I went away. I did a class at some place in Mexico and I just felt so good that I had to incorporate that into my life, so I did. I’ve been really blessed with it. It’s good.

How is it with your own consciousness and mindfulness? Does it play into your art and how you create?

I just think that when you look within yourself a little bit and get calm, things come out. I’m not a very calm person normally, so it’s helped a lot.

What is it that makes you most vulnerable as a woman, as an artist, as a human being?

Well, I just feel like I don’t do music for superficial reasons. I’m not saying that people do, but it’s just something I have to do. It’s just something I do naturally. With everything that goes on today, I feel like there’s so many other things involved, that I would rather not have to deal with. I just want it to be like, about the music, man! (laughs) That’s such a lame response, but I really do. All the stuff you have to do—I don’t mind doing it, ‘cause I’ve chosen this. But I wish that it was a little more authentic at times.

I’m with you.

Yeah. I want to be authentic and I want to do authentic music and I want to listen to authentic music. I think everybody wants that, but I think we get lost in all our stuff today. And people comment on YouTube and say terrible things about art that people ripped out of their hearts. That kind of stuff I can do without.

Yeah, I imagine that’s pretty vulnerable. You release your art and people anonymously comment.

Yeah, I don’t read it or anything. Even when I watch someone else’s video and then I look at a few comments and I’m like, Oh, God, why did you say that? (laughing)

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You have to manage so much. You have to have this open heart to do what you do and keep creating, but there’s a thick skin that has to go with it.

For sure. You have to be a warrior. It’s like a warrior thing. I’m ready.

What is it that excites you the most? What is that thing in your heart that you want to get out of bed in the morning for? Is it creating?

I enjoy what I do. I’ve done jobs before that I didn’t want to do and I just feel so lucky to be making a living with music, writing for other people, and now writing for myself more. It’s a huge blessing. I mean, yeah, I get out of bed and I’m like Wow! You know, I don’t have to do what I don’t want to do. I really enjoy making music and I’m doing it for a living and it’s amazing.

And one of our last questions: how do you—and these are not light questions—

Hey, it’s deep sh*t.

Deep sh*t with LP and Origin. How do you transform your pain?

Gosh, I don’t really know. Just by keeping doing what I love and trying to find some kind of sense in it. And trying to communicate my feelings through song. I don’t really go, I’m writing about my pain now, but when I’m creating a song and I’m doing a melody and sometimes the melody speaks to a place in me, and I write the lyrics, I just go with that feeling. I don’t know how it happens. I don’t really know. I don’t wanna break it down too much, ‘cause it would just bore the crap out of everybody.

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