What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from him as an artist?
I would have to say his work ethic because he was non-stop, completely motivated; constantly rehearsing or making music or writing, directing his videos. He was hands-on with everything and he really has a vision of what he wants during a certain time and really wouldn’t let anyone stray him away from him doing what he wants to do. I respected that a lot because I think in this business a lot of times, people want to change you and he’s always sort of stood up and said, “No, I’m not going to change. This is what I want to do–take it or leave it.”
What has been most difficult for you as a musician?
Just sort of getting over little things. I feel so comfortable dancing and performing on stage; that really comes more naturally to me and dance is what I’ve studied my whole life. To me, the most challenging part has been how everything happened so fast–and I’m assuming that a lot of people record a lot first and then kind of have a plan. We had no plan at all. I met the right people at the right time and them saying just come in the studio. It was very small and we just started playing around and literally the first single was put out immediately and the next thing, we’re flying to New York going to perform at all these different venues and on Wendy Williams. That made me the most nervous because a lot people get a lot of time in small clubs to figure out all the kinks and we just jumped right into it so it’s been a learning experience.
If you had to sing another genre of music, which would it be?
I think it would be cool to have a band. Back in the day, Prince was all about live music. I opened up for him at the European tour of “Diamonds and Pearls” and I had my own band for like a second (laughs).