Charli XCX is still young (21 years old), but she’s been in the music industry for a long time. She started making her first album when she was 14, spent years playing raves in London, and has played the role of behind-the-scenes songwriter before making her pop debut. It wasn’t an easy transition. In a recent story for The Guardian, she explains the her unique experience with the music industry.

The music industry fucks with you. One day you’re on cloud nine and the next day… I’ve cried so much over the past year because it’s been so crazy. I guess in that sense I’m a bad pop star because everything’s meant to be fantastic all the time, but it’s not—and that’s shit [when people pretend it is]. But I also love that feeling of not knowing what’s going to happen. That’s why I do this.

On her slow ascent into the spotlight after signing with Atlantic, she says:

I was still in school, I’d just come out of this weird rave scene, and I wasn’t really sure what to make of that. And when I got signed I hated pop music; I wanted to make bad rap music. I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know what I liked. Even though I was signed, I was still figuring it out.

(The Guardian)