What does Quadron mean?
Quadron actually means “quarter” in Danish. Both Robin and I are a quarter African—he’s a quarter African American. So it was to respect and celebrate our heritage.
How flattering is it to have the industry’s best, like Jay-Z, Adele, and Tyler, the Creator, rave about you and your talent?
I’m very flattered by it. It’s definitely a great shoulder clap. It’s a big deal for me, of course. They’re tastemakers because they’re great artists. I still need to get people in other places in the world, like Kentucky, to know my music. I’ll know that I’ve reached my goals when someone I have never met or will never meet knows my music.
Was the The Great Gatsby party, the party of the year?
Oh my God, yes! Last time I partied hard was at [that party]. That was just the most beautiful party I’ve ever been to. There was Leonardo DiCaprio in one corner, then Jay-Z walks in. It was really fun. I said hi to Jay-Z. But we were so drunk because it was an open bar. I became friends with the bartender who really liked my dress, and I was like, “Keep the champagne coming!”
Was meeting Jay-Z the first time you hung out with a huge star?
No, I met Prince two years ago. He is the biggest star in my world. It was crazy! It was at an after-party at his house. He [performed] a four-hour-long show. I was just dancing and [feeling] starstruck. Absolutely starstruck. When I meet stars like that I want to be great so that they can be my buddies!
You sing with such emotion. When is the last time you felt emotional offstage?
Oh my gosh, this is embarrassing but it was when I was watching Teen Mom. I teared up because one of them was having a baby! [Laughs] I thought it was just beautiful. It’s a hilarious reality show, and then within all of the drama, suddenly she’s giving birth to a child. I don’t know, it’s embarrassing!
What is your biggest goal?
I think it depends on the music and where the music will take me. Of course I want to be big. Not even an Adele, but a Michael Jackson. I think that if I have high aspirations, it means my music will get to a lot of people. I never want to compromise my work for my success. There are a lot of stars right now who don’t have too much [depth] to their music, [they are] more like packages. I hope I’m never that kind of artist. I want to keep it straight with my music. But I definitely want to be huge!