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By Kai Flanders
I talk about most things and show up to shows wearing just what I want to wear because I just want to be myself and people to know me for who I am. And if people don't like it, people are always gonna dislike things and have negative things to say, and something I'm starting to learn more and more being in this business is that you have to deal with a lot of criticisms and it's hard, but it's something that comes along with having this kind of job.
And also with writing so much personal material.
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I'm sort of starting to feel that maybe next record or next song that I write, maybe don't write a song about "you wish he was your boyfriend," maybe write about something else.
My life in the last year is
completely flipped: It went from, you know, working at a soap store — I worked at Lush when I first moved back. I worked there part-time and then I quit because I realized I can't take it anymore, I can't do retail, I really wanna focus on music. I've worked every retail kind of job you can have. I've worked in food ... and I just realized I can't do it anymore. It makes me crazy to have to be so fake, "Hi, how are you? How is your day? Would you like to smell this soap?" and people don't wanna be bothered.
I don't wanna change who I am, and I'm not gonna change the fact that I really truly love to write simple pop songs. But I do think I wanna progress as an artist, and I wanna explore other topics, but I'm not gonna do it because people are criticizing me. If I'm sick of people talking about "the boy" or anything, I'm not gonna stop doing it because of what people say, I'm gonna do it because as an artist and a songwriter you're constantly growing, and I'm still so young, you know? I'm 23, I'll be 24 in a month, I'm still trying to figure out who I am really. And to be in the public eye and to be going through all of the things 20-year-old girls go through, it's difficult.
Maybe for the next record I won't write songs that are so personal. Because my life has changed so much in the last year, and I miss home, I'm actually starting to write about those feelings. I'm a typically really happy person, but I do tend to write darker lyrics. I don't know why.