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By JON BREAM, Star Tribune
Last update: January 20, 2011 - 3:04 PM
Q What are you most nervous about for this tour?
A I'm not nervous at all. I'm very excited. I've never been nervous. I love performing.
Q How many songs are done for your new album project?
A We're just making the music and making the demos and mastering a lot of things. We have a lot of ideas. The style is pop music but it's more like a Snow Patrol-type vibe. It's pop but with rock influences.
Q How much writing have you been doing?
A Most of the record is actually written by me.
Q What have you learned about writing from your collaborators and producers?
A Just keep the song fun and keep it very energetic. Be able to hear the message of the song. If it's supposed to be something very anger-driven or fearful, you need to make it ugly and blunt.
Q How do you think your songwriting has evolved?
A I wrote my first song about a year ago, "Broken Hearts." I kind of actually know what I'm doing now. When I first started, I had no clue.
Q Who are your chief songwriting influences?
A I love old rock 'n' roll. Journey. I'm into Kiss. I'm into Bowie. I really love Queen.
Q Who are you listening to these days?
A I always listen to 20 songs before I go to bed. Journey, Mötley Crüe, Kiss, David Bowie, Semi-Precious Weapons [Gaga's foul-mouthed punk opening act].
Q So your parents let you listen to Semi-Precious Weapons?
A Oh, yeah. Most of the time they don't know.
Q You are growing up fast.
A I'm growing up very fast, but I don't think that's a bad thing at all.
Q What kind of input does Ellen DeGeneres have in your career?
A She's very involved in the music, the songwriting and the creative process.
Q What's the best advice she's given you?
A She's always about being true to yourself, always being yourself in the music and creative process, and don't let anybody change you.
Q What did you and Justin Bieber talk about at the MTV Video Music Awards?
A Me and Justin just chit-chatted for a little while. He was a very busy man that night. He's a cool guy.
Q Did he give you any advice?
A Yes. Just stay true to myself and just to keep your head on [straight] while you're in the music business.
Q Did he tell you to get rid of your hairdo and let him have it?
A [Giggles] He did not tell me that.
Q What's been the hardest thing about your new life?
A Nothing has been hard, no. There are a lot of long days, but I love staying busy. Maybe the hardest thing, you know, is I'm never at home, really. But you have to sacrifice.
Q What are you doing for schoolwork?
A I do online school. I do about three or four hours a day. The tutor and I go over all the lessons online. I think I'm doing pretty good. I got straight A's last semester.
Q Where does your confidence come from?
A My family. My mother is very confident. It comes from a mind-set. I want to be confident and I want to be positive about everything.
Q On "Ellen," Gaga advised you to follow your dream, stay focused and stay away from the girls. So how many girlfriends have you had so far?
A Ha, ha. Oh, man, you're asking the hard questions today. I've had a few girlfriends, but not too many.
Q But, at 13, you've had enough so you can write about love found and love lost?
A Oh, yes, I've had a couple and particularly one ... You can be in love in certain ways, not in the ways of an adult but in the ways of a kid. I think kids can be fully on in love.
Q You're not doing puppy love or teenybop songs. You're making pop songs that appeal to all ages.
A That's always been the goal. Not to be someone artificial, to be someone very real so the moms and the kids and the dads and grandpas -- everybody -- can relate to my music and understand it.
Q You're 13. So what do you want to do when you grow up?
A I want to do this. I'm living the dream. So I want to do it forever.
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