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Q Congratulations on everything. The world seems to be shining bright on the artist called Lights.
A There were times when I thought I’d lost it. That I’d just have to pack it in, be a mom. I was really at a crossroads when I found out I was pregnant, that I feel so proud to have new music. I feel so lucky to be doing this.
Q Were you bummed out that Siberia didn’t make you Miley Cyrus? To me, it seemed like you were intentionally ignoring the obvious pop star route.
A The first album was very poppy and really melodic and lyrically earnest with the next one, I wanted to do crazy stuff and weird noises and make a cool electronic album, not the perfect pop song.
Q Do you like the Miley Cyrus analogy, is it fair?
A I don’t know where I fit in and I like that. When it comes to artists I listen to, I would never consider myself their peer. People I identify with are people I know, like Shad. He’s a good friend and I’m proud of him and respect him so much. He has his own lane and he’s so chill and easygoing.
Q You recorded parts of Little Machine during the same month you gave birth. How did that affect the album?
A Three days after having her I was back in the studio, working on the album. It was an insane time but I love the freedom that comes from parenthood — if all else fails, I have something amazing so the record became make what you love because it doesn’t matter. She reinvigorated everything for me and I wanted to get that on record.
Q You’re only 27, but have been in the business since you were 15. I don’t think people get how much actual hard work it is.
A With all the ups and downs — hard moments and frustrations — I really feel like I’m starting all over again as a new musician, but with the experience of having made three albums. It’s hard work if you don’t appreciate it, but I’m more thankful now than ever.
Q And if Rocket wants to grow up and be a rock star like her mom?
A I’d tell her it’s about learning to be strong without being abrasive, proud without being arrogant, but that all these little nuances you learn along the way are really just about being comfortable in your own body.
Little Machines by Lights is out now on Universal Records. Her Canadian tour kicks off Oct. 2 in Kitchener, Ont.
Actually ended up going to see Lights since my cousin agreed to come with me. It was such a great show. I’m so happy I finally got to see her and had a chance to meet her after she performed.