There seems to be an influx of female singer/songwriters lately, but you have this edge that sets you apart from a lot of them. Where does that passion come from? I grew up differently than a lot of girls. I had brothers and I was really into male singers. I was never into females at all until I got into Jewel and some folk stuff, but I was really into guys and male vocalists, it wasn’t about anything physical. The guys were so much cooler, it was all about the songwriting—it was nothing about looks. There was just so much more passion and I got really into stuff like Nirvana, and earlier on I loved Sting and The Police. Anything with good songwriting and a lot of passion. When I grew up, my childhood was all over the place and there was a lot of hard times. I love all my family and they’re awesome but we definitely went through a lot of shit. I wasn’t going to school—around like 12, 13 I got pulled out. I just had to have therapy somehow and that was it for me, but letting it all out.
"I just still feel so much, maybe more than a normal person feels, and it’s really hard. I have to, to be able to do this, to scream onstage. It just feels so good because I don’t know what else I would do. I don’t know I’d die or something."
That scream you do for your song "Heart Heart Head," how do you manage it live and on each performance? Well, now I’m maybe not as crazy as I was growing up, maybe not as many hormones, I don’t know. But I just still feel so much, maybe more than a normal person feels, and it’s really hard. I have to, to be able to do this, to scream onstage. It just feels so good because I don’t know what else I would do. I don’t know I’d die or something. I have to have some sort of like outlet and being able to do that and just be real. And sometimes its like I love it so much performing, and sometimes it’s like, I don’t. I’m at a weird place right now too because I am a woman and dealing with issues like makeup... all the stuff like that. I want to embrace it, but I also want to always be in touch with my soul which has nothing to do with physical. I’m at a weird place where I'm trying to figure out where the middle is and be able to do both.
What is a typical day for you like? Lately it’s been a lot of business stuff which has been hard. But, I’m like oh my god, I am not a business person but I’m having to be right now and I’m just like I just want to create all the time! Because Andy is pretty good at switching back and forth and I’m terrible at it. On a good creative day we go in and sometimes I’ll bring something that I’ve written on guitar, or piano, or a melody and then we’ll just go from there and we’ll add to it. Or Andy will have a piano part or something, piano or drums or something. It’s either him or me, and we start with something and we add on to it and go from there. It’s rare that we write a whole song in one day, but lately, I think two of the songs we did write all in one day, even lyrically. The new stuff is actually pretty stripped down.
Meg will be playing a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6. Get tickets here and look for more updates on her forthcoming album.