What does your health and wellness picture look like when you’re on the road?
When I’m on the road, it’s the most difficult. I think everybody who tours would agree that it’s more challenging. You know, to live in New York or L.A., it’s really easy to be healthy, but when you are on a bus in the middle of Oklahoma at a gas station, there is like no kale option or juices. It’s really, really hard and I had to figure a way to stay healthy.
What did you do?
I guess I just had to take control and do it myself. I remember really early on making a rule on the bus that was “no sugar,” so we cut out all white, granulated sugar. It's not allowed on the tour bus because what happens with bands is we’re all up at three in the morning watching movies and eating bowl after bowl after bowl of, like, Lucky Charms. It’s just inevitable. My band is always like, “Oh, no,” at the beginning, but by the end of the tour they’re so happy that we didn’t bring sugar onto the bus because then we would have eaten candy bars and all that stuff.
I imagine actually performing is really challenging, too.
When I'm on the road, it’s like I’m an athlete.
How are you able to maintain any sort of fitness regimen on the road? Are there any other studio classes you're able to hit when you're on the road?
No. To be quite honest, I hated working out until I found SoulCycle. When we were on tour with the band, we would do yoga or we would run around the venue. You go crazy after awhile when you’re sleeping on a bus, even though the show is kind of a workout in itself. I remember trying to find a thing that I really liked. I felt like everybody had a thing except me. I went to SoulCycle one time in New York — to Stacy Griffith’s class — and literally my life changed. I was sobbing. The angels came down. I just had a crazy moment, so from that moment on I became obsessed with it.
When you’re at work on an album, what’s the balance with remaining healthy while you’re so invested in creating this creative product?
Well, I’ll be quite honest, I had to drink a lot of chocolate milkshakes making my album. There’s a lot of chocolate — a lot of things that help a hurting heart.
You said you don’t drink and do drugs. People think of the music industry as full of that stuff. How do you deal with not being a part of that?
I just have no desire to do it. I get into this crazy mode where I put my work first, and I just don’t want to be at all not present for it. I spent a lot of my life — like teenage years and my early 20s — missing out on things. Then I stopped everything and I like that way better. I feel like since I have the experience of both, I just choose to be the really present person. I’m not that cool. I sit on the bus and read books. It’s funny because we’re a band and on tour, but our band and I are really nerdy. We go to museums. It’s actually easier [to not drink] than you think. Everybody certainly has an idea of what it’s like on tour, and it’s a little bit different in real life. I could easily go the other way, but I choose to be super-healthy.
What would you say are the defining characteristics of the new album? What are you most proud of?
Everything. I’m so terrified of it coming out because I love it so much. I feel so connected to this album. Maybe because I just grew in so many places that I think people will really notice, and that’s really exciting.
Can you tell me about your tour? Where are you starting off?
[We] start off in Denver on April 4. April 16 at 17 Irving Plaza. I know that April 16 is sold out, but I’m doing two nights, so April 17 might be available. And then L.A. on May 17. Then I end in Vancouver on May 26, so it’s a nice two-month tour. I’m excited.