Khalid Talks Ignoring Haters and Making a Name for Himself
The 'Location' star also lets us in on how David Guetta and Rihanna's 'Who's That Chick' inspired his new single...
Khalid is quickly becoming one of the most exciting artists of his generation. With a little help from Kylie Jenner's snapchat, 'Location' became the slow burning hit of last year and his debut album American Teen stands out as one of 2017's best.
As his star conitinues to rise, we sat down with the 'Let's Go' singer to find out more about him, his music and his aspirations.
Khalid starts the interview by revealing that he's a "military kid" and opening up about his first experiences of writing. His music wasn't well receieved by everyone at first. Not at all actually. "I wrote one of these songs called 'Would You', which was super cool. I was messing around with my friends but then I remember this one kid in my high school told me that that song sucked and that I wasn't gonna make anything of myself." We wonder whether that kid thinks of Khalid's massive success now.
The American Teen star then expands: "And then I wrote 'Saved', which is on the album. The next song I wrote after that was a song called 'Coaster'. The next song after that was 'Reasons'. The next song after that was 'Location'." So there we have it.
It only takes writing fives songs to make a hit...if you're as talented as Khalid.
The Calvin Harris collaborator then jokes that he has a bit of a love/hate relationship with 'Location' now. All his friends do is text him "send me your location [laugh emoji]" before meeting up. That being said he's not complaining. He feels blessed.
Khalid also reveals the unlikely inspiration behind his new single 'Young, Dumb & Broke'. "Actually I had just got done listening to 'Who's That Chick', David Guetta and Rihanna. I was feeling very bouncy. I'm like okay something is gonna come from this."
Amazing. If only listening to Rihanna and David Guetta was all we needed to write hit songs too.
Find out what else Khalid told us in his PUSH interview below.
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