Issue #35 of Glamoholic (The Next Big Thing issue) has hit the shelves, and features a new interview with Ms. Grey by Bashar Zidane!

They talk about what emotions drove her songwriting for the the new album, mentors, fashion, and guilty pleasures – view a few excerpts below, and click the pro-shot to view the full feature+gallery and order your own physical copy of the issue (which ship worldwide) while they’re still available!

Skylar Grey – I’ve Grown Up A Lot | Glamoholic ::
“….What type of emotions did you experience while writing the new songs??
Well in the past few years, I feel like I’ve grown up a lot. I finally accepted myself and found the true keys to my happiness. So, a lot of the songs come from that place of really just owning who I am and getting the most out of life. But there are some really sad songs about heartbreak on this album, too. No emotion is invalid… I’m not saying one should never feel negativity, but in recent years I’ve learned how to get over things quicker than usual, or at least find peace and enjoy other parts of life outside of the heartbreak or sadness.

Do you ever feel like you’re not ready to revisit some story / topic and write about it?
I suppose sometimes there are certain things about my more recent past that still cause such deep negative emotions that I avoid thinking about them. The further something is in the past, the easier it is to write about, and from a positive perspective. No need to torture myself to write a song. Making music is supposed to be fun.

How do you usually balance between the emotionally-charged songs and the catchy melodic ones??
Even the catchy melodic stuff is emotionally charged for me, even though it may not seem like it to a listener.  Everything comes from a real place. Emotion can be happy or sad, weak or empowered, fearful or excited…

Who would you say influenced you the most throughout your whole life?
I’ve had a lot of mentors along the way… My mom was first of course. Being a musician herself, and always being supportive of me following my dreams was huge to the start of my career.

How far does fashion help you express your mood and reflect your personality?
Fashion is big for me. I get shit though for being too Tom Boy.  It’s gotta be the right balance and sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don’t.  Being an outdoorsy girl, it’s always been inside me to be kinda Tom Boy, but I started dressing with androgynous feel to my fashion because I wanted to appear tougher and taken seriously. I think everyone should be treated equally regardless of gender or race, but unfortunately the world isn’t there yet.  As a young female in a predominantly male industry, I definitely got pushed around a lot in the beginning. In addition, there is the part of my personality that is unafraid to explore the darkness and the unknowns, which is represented by the almost gothic edge I have at times….”

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