Taylor Swift Music Connection interview. On iTunes success: I never get used to that. I don’t naturally feel like I am entitled to win. I don’t naturally feel like if I put out a song it will go to number one in hours. It’s like I got so used to having to fight to get the song up the charts and having to wait and having to hope that people would hear it, that’s kind of where my mind stayed.
And so when we have something like this album, where all the songs that we put out on the iTunes countdown have gone to number one, it is absolutely mind-blowing to me that the fans are that reactive and that they’re that fast and that there are that many of them who are so clued-in. It’s something that I’m never going to get used to. I can’t imagine getting used to it.
I feel like, at 22, I’m still very much a student of music and on my way to where I’m going to end up someday. But along the way it’s really fun to take risks because you look at some careers and you see people make the same album twice, and I never want to do that.’
On RED album: This time I wanted to challenge myself as a writer. I wanted to challenge myself as an artist. So I called up a bunch of people that I admired in the songwriting-producing artists world, and I just wanted to see if they would work with me and collaborate.
It was such an educational and amazing, adventurous experience being in the studio with people who I had always admired and people who make music that’s different from the kind of music I make, so you have a blending of two worlds.
When you find ‘the one’, what’s going to happen to the songwriting? Swift: (laughs) I don’t know. I mean, I think that there’s no emotion that’s simple, not even an everlasting emotion. Not even unconditional love. There are undertones to every emotion. I’ve learned that. I think that one thing I tend to do is go back to a feeling, something I used to feel or something I felt for someone who I don’t know anymore and kind of the sadness of it, and revisit it.
At the same time I get inspired by seeing my friends’ relationships. I get inspired by watching movies and thinking, ‘What kind of soundtrack would this moment have?’ So I don’t quite know what will happen if I end up actually reaching the state of general happiness when it comes to love, but I hope that I can draw inspiration from all sorts of places.
Ed Sheeran is a little kooky, isn’t he? Well.. aren’t we all? With him it’s childlike. There’s this kind of childlike energy about Ed, because he’s got such an amazing imagination, and that’s so fun to be around.