IT'S SOMETHING WE BATTLE WITH: Julia Michaels Talks 'Inner Monologue' Collection and Selena Gomez Duet 'Anxiety'

Julia Michaels

It's been eighteen months since Julia Michaels' inevitable breakout hit "Issues" topped at No. 11 on the Hot 100. From that point forward, the vocalist has scored Grammy noms for best new artist and song of the year and showed up on tracks close by the likese of Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, Maroon 5 and Rita Ora.

Presently, Michaels is following up her introduction small collection, 2017's Sensory system, with Inner Monologue Part I, a six-track project that incorporates two new two part harmonies with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan. In spite of the fact that Michaels has worked with both already - she co-composed a few tracks on Gomez's 2015 Revival LP and opened for Horan on the U.K. leg of his reality visit - their new group ups stamp" the first occasion when they've shared the mic together.

Beneath, Billboard informs Michaels regarding how her new collabs met up, her up and coming visit with Pink and why she's utilizing her stage to discuss emotional wellness: "I'm cheerful that I have the outlet to discuss it and help individuals not feel so alone in the manner in which that they feel.

"About Anxiety"

"Anxiety" is the introduction to Michaels' second studio EP, Inner Monologue.

Michaels has dependably been vocal about her emotional well-being issues, and even composed a touching piece about anxiety for the magazine Glamour.

Michaels imparted a demo of the song with Rolling Stone, who described it as a “campfire strum supported by a heartbeat bassline”.

In the song, created by long-term collaborator and Grammy winner producer Ian Kirkpatrick, Michaels sings her own involvement on living with anxiety, her sleepless nights, got notification from exes and rejecting her specialist's recommendation to take drugs.

Selena Gomez and Julia Michaels Collaborate for New Coordinated effort 'Anxiety'

For what reason did you call this project Inner Monologue?

I chose to call it Inner Monologue on the grounds that these are things that I think and feel every day. I'm either talking with myself or I'm talking with another person. So it's like my deepest thoughts and feeling that I simply need to let out into the universe and not keep inside.

For what reason did you break this project into two sections?

I'm going on a lot of tours this year, and I need to simply have another one for each visit. I additionally would prefer not to give every last bit of me too early, you know?

Stars like Woman Gaga and Demi Lovato, just as your collaborator and friend Selena Gomez, have been extremely vocal about mental health as of late. On your new song “Anxiety,” and all through the project, you sing about your very own encounters. Do you believe it's an essential subject?

100%. I believe there's still many individuals that feel like they are not permitted to [feel that way], or they suppress it since they believe it's a forbidden thing to discuss. This generation is just becoming way more emotionally evolved, and it's something that we should discuss.

Why did Michaels choose Gomez to feature on this song?

When I sent it to her, I was like, "Hey, what do you think about this?" And she was like, "This is amazing. I want to do it." And I think this was the song that works the best for us, because it's something we both struggle with. It's something we've always talked about. It's something that's very relatable to both of us.

We also liked the idea of doing a song together where we're talking about our relationship with anxiety. We're not discussing our association with men or us battling about someone or something to that effect - those things that are typical duets for ladies. Or on the other hand a female empowerment thing. This is a female empowerment thing, yet it's totally extraordinary. We're not throwing our fists in the air, but we're saying, “Hey, we have anxiety, but we're okay with it.”

Your other new duet is with Niall Horan on the song "What a Time." You've toured together in the past -- what's he like in the studio? 

To be honest, he’s kind of the same. He walks in, and he's just his goofy, silly self. I can't think of a moment where him and I aren't laughing and being completely ridiculous with each other. We always make fun of each other for a second, then he sings his heart out, and then he's like, "Cool, I'll see you later." And all of a sudden there's this magical vocal on this song, and he sounds like a sweet baby angel.

Also, discussing visits, in a couple of months you're taking off with Pink, which is a pairing I am so excited for. 

Oh, you have no idea. I'm so excited to watch her do all those crazy, beautiful acrobatics.

You composed with her on her most recent collection, Beautiful Trauma. How is your association with her?

Oh my goodness, she's amazing. I had a meeting with an artist prior to meeting her, and it was one of those things where it was really weird. And I was like really nervous to meet Alecia [Pink's real name], because she's somebody that I look up to: What if this goes horribly? But I walked in, and she was just such an open book, so kind and such a badass. She doesn't take shit from anybody. She spills her whole heart on the table, and I just I love that. I can relate to that, because I do the same thing. I'm so excited that I get to do this tour and be around such a strong, beautiful woman. This is my first tour with a woman; I've only toured with guys up until now. I'm really, really excited.

There's one verse on Inner Monologue Part I that truly emerged to me: “Sometimes I think I kill relationships for art/ I start up all this shit to watch them fall apart/ I pay my bills with it,” from “Happy.” Is that true?

[Laughs] No doubt. [Laughs] Yeah. I have this tattoo that says, “art aint easy.” I feel like a lot of creative people do this thing where you feel like you do a lot of things to be inspired. Sometimes you'll pick fights with somebody in order to write about it. Or you'll do something you wouldn't normally do just to feel inspired. I've definitely been the kind of person to do things like that in the past, just for some exciting lyrical content. I'm not proud of it, but it's definitely something I've done.

By what method will Inner Monologue Part II differ from this one?

I think it will probably stay in the same realm. I just usually write about things that I know, and a majority of things that I know are relationship-based. I talk about connections and intimacy and love and heartbreak, because those are the things that I know best. And to me, all of those things -- whether they're painful or they're beautiful -- that is poetry to me. I was going originally do sort of all heartbreak songs and then the second part would be all love songs. But now I'm just all over the fucking map.

What did Julia have to say about the song?


I was writing with Scott Harris and Ian Kirkpatrick, and I basically was just like I kind of wanna talk about these sort of things that I deal with on a daily basis. Not just anxiety, but the fear of missing out and sort of wanting to do things but never actually having the ability to go through with anything that you want to do. It’s just a way into the mind of someone that has anxiety and has these struggles for someone that doesn’t understand it.

What did Selena Gomez say about the song?


My sweet soul sister. Julia you have been a huge part of my life. You have taught me how to have courage when I have self doubt. This song is extremely close to my heart as I’ve experienced anxiety and know a lot of my friends do too. You’re never alone if you feel this way. The message is much
 needed and I really hope you guys like it!
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