Difficult as it may be, stepping out of her comfort zone is what keeps Willow's creativity alive

'My passion and appreciation, and respect for the craft allows me to be able to see all sides of it'
Willow at Lollapalooza 2022
Willow at Lollapalooza 2022 Photo credit Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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Audacy's Julia was backstage at Lollapalooza 2022 this past weekend to catch up with some of our favorite artists, including singer Willow Smith just weeks following the songwriter's latest heavy-sounding release, "maybe it's my fault."

LISTEN NOW: Willow backstage at Lollapalooza 2022 with Julia

Although fans have already grown to love her previous Punk-flavored offerings of the past year, "making 'maybe it's my fault,' it feels like it's a sound that I've always wanted to create," Willow explains. "I've always wanted to go a little bit heavier, a little bit more into the Metal area of things. So, it just felt really good to finally do that."

Known also for her forays into Pop and R&B, "I just love music," Willow adds. "I think my passion and appreciation, and respect for the craft allows me to be able to see all sides of it, all genres equally and beautifully."

Aside from continuing through the summer with a busy festival and show schedule, Willow dropped a hint that we could be getting a brand new body of work out of her sooner rather than later. "I just finished up my new project thats gonna be coming out sometime later on this year," she says. "I'm super, super excited about that."

"I've just been cooking up, trying to stay creative," Willow says, stepping out of her comfort zone to find new ways and new outlets of expression. "When you have a new experience, and you see life from a different perspective, you're kind of like, 'Hmmmm... I'm re-inspired by this all over again.'"

Part of that process has been putting in real work trying to "expand my perception of myself," Willow admits. "I feel like sometimes we can't see ourselves how other people see us, and that can be a blessing, but that can also be hurtful... You have to try to tap into yourself in order to really find out what you need. Sometimes that's hard, and it's definitely outside of my comfort zone... 100 percent!"

Willow credits the new Dan Kwan/Daniel Scheinert film Everything Everywhere All At Once as one of the more recent works that inspired her artistry and gave her a new way of perceiving her surroundings. "While being so creative and random, and insightful..." she explains, "it's honestly so deep it makes you want to really be in the now and love the people that you really love."

WATCH NOW: Willow backstage at Lollapalooza 2022 with Julia

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Check out Julia's full chat with Willow above, and stay tuned for even more conversations with your favorite artists on our continuing Lollapalooza 2022 coverage.

Keep the party going with Julia on our Audacy Afterparty special featuring a Lollapalooza recap and interviews with artists including Kygo, Fletcher, Royal Blood, and more. It’s the best place to re-live all the festival’s biggest moments with your favorite artists.

While you're in the mood, listen to more of your favorite music on Audacy's all-new Punk PartyNew Wave Mix TapeEmo KidsIndie Vibes'90s and Chill, and ALT Roots stations -- plus check out our talent-hosted Kevan Kenney's Music DiscoveryMegan Holiday's My So Called '90s Playlist, and Scott Lowe on the Go's Post Modern Music Box!

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