Meghan Trainor On ‘The Love Train’ EP and Her Songwriting Evolution: ‘This Is What I Want My Music to Sound Like’

Love is within the air for Meghan Trainor: The singer married actor Daryl Sabara final December on her 25th birthday, and their relationship impressed a number of on track’s on Trainor’s new EP, The Love Train, which arrives at the moment (Feb. eight) — simply in time for Valentine’s Day subsequent week, in fact.

Trainor describes the six-song venture — which additionally options final yr’s “All the Ways” — as one thing of an appetizer to her upcoming full-length, Treat Myself, which was initially slated for final month. As she continued to hit the studio after sharing the LP’s first few tracks, Trainor has discovered herself with extra unreleased songs than she is aware of what to do with. “My dad additionally mentioned there’s manner too many love songs on my album, so I attempted to separate it up,” she says, laughing. “I put them on a cute little EP simply to let individuals know music remains to be coming — right here’s just a little style of what that is going to appear to be and sound like.”

Below, Trainor tells Billboard about how the venture got here collectively, the real-life moments that impressed her songs and what recommendation she has for this yr’s greatest new artist winner on the Grammys.

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and also you’re a newlywed, so I see the place these songs are coming from. But what made you resolve to place them collectively as an EP on their very own at the moment?

It was very fast, it was a pair weeks in the past. [My team and I] had been speaking concerning the album and placing it collectively, and we had too many songs, however all of us beloved these songs. We thought, “We can’t simply put these on a shelf or throw them away, we want these songs to dwell!” They’re so private to me, they’re precisely how I really feel proper now — I’m in love and bought married and all these things. So my supervisor instructed, “Why don’t we we attempt to [put them out] on Valentine’s Day? I don’t know a variety of artists who've tried that earlier than.” 

How does the content material of those songs line up with milestones in your individual life? Like, did you write “Marry Me” as you had been on the point of get married? 

Oh, it was very aggressive, it was our one-month anniversary of courting. I went on tour as quickly as I met him, so I invited him on tour, and he lived with me on tour. Our first weeks and months of courting had been like, “Let’s dwell collectively on the street.” So it was very, very quick. Everything was proper manner. I keep in mind we mentioned “I like you” very early, nevertheless it was meant to me.

I keep in mind he talked about one thing to me earlier than I wrote this track, like, “I can see a future with you,” and I laughed in his face: “You wanna marry me!” [Laughs] That was on our one-month anniversary. I sat down with my ukulele in our lodge room and wrote that track. I didn’t suppose the world would ever hear it, however I truly walked down the aisle to it for my marriage ceremony.

At what level did you play him the track?

Oh, he was sitting there in awe. It was like the primary track I wrote in entrance of his face.

How typically do you write one thing in a track just for it to occur to you in actual life later?

I manifest stuff on a regular basis with my songs, it's actually creepy! We had been simply speaking about this yesterday — how I wrote a track referred to as “Hopeless Romantic” on my second album earlier than I bought to go on a date with Daryl. [The lyrics] are like, “I wager I met you at a celebration earlier than, you had been candy and I ought to've gotten your quantity.” I at all times thought that, like, what if I already met my soulmate and I simply missed my likelihood? And so after we bought to go on our first date, I used to be like, ”Oh my God, I went to a celebration with you want two years in the past!“ And he remembered me one way or the other, in order that was a kind of moments. And I feel my ”Marry Me“ track was me being like, ”You higher marry me!“ [Laughs] It labored!

“All the Ways” sounds a bit like a modern-day ABBA track to me, and “After You” has this refined ‘80s vibe to it. Were these the eras you had been hoping to evoke?

Yeah, you nailed — it was ABBA. “I’m Down” and “All the Ways” have these large choruses, and I like how ABBA simply have large, enjoyable, lovely choruses with additional harmonies. That's my jam. The hardest a part of me getting into was like, “How do I make this not tacky?” I might inform [my producers], “Here’s a melody I hear in my head, ought to or not it's a guitar or a synth? What could be much less tacky?” I mentioned, “I would like it to be iconic, and I would like individuals to play this in 30 years and be like, ‘You know what, that’s nonetheless a jam.’” And they did an awesome job with that. They listened, which was very nice.

They’re all from private experiences. With “All the Ways,” I used to be on the sofa with him one night time and was like, “Do you like me?” And he mentioned sure, and I mentioned, “Tell me all of the methods,” and he mentioned “All the methods,” and I laughed so arduous. I assumed it was the funniest factor, ‘trigger he’s not that humorous, so it was a win for him. [Laughs] And then the subsequent day I used to be like, “How can we put this cute line within the track and make everybody get it?” I feel Daryl’s truly singing on the track, with my brothers and my mother. 

Your final album had a track that featured your mother, and one of many new songs on the EP, “Good Morning,” options your dad. You’re placing the entire household to work!

They're so good! With my dad, I at all times needed him to play on a track for me. He's doing one other one for me quickly for the album. This track on the time was going to be on the primary album, and everybody beloved it, [so we thought] “We simply gotta put it out earlier on the EP!” And my dad's taking part in organ on it, and he's killing it.

Is it simply your speedy household? Do you might have cousins in your checklist subsequent?

Yeah, they're excited! My little cousin's truly a dancer, and he's throughout my Instagram. He's like, “I'm prepared for an awards present,” and I'm like, “Okay! He's prepared!”

You talked about that the lyrics for “All the Ways” got here straight out of a dialog you had been having. Does that occur typically?

Oh yeah, I'm that obnoxious particular person. I'm at all times like, “There's a track in that!” I write down all the things. In the start of courting him, he would simply say romantic issues to me, and I might simply flip over and be like, “I want my telephone, get my telephone!” And now he is aware of — after I'm freaking out, he'll throw a telephone at me and go, “Here you go, document it.” So we did that on a regular basis. “I'm Down” was us within the first six days of courting. We had been too scared to say “I like you,” so we'd at all times say like, “I'm down,” like, “I'm all the way down to date you and be your girlfriend, I'm down.” And then earlier than we mentioned “I wanna marry you,” we're like, “I'm down for all times.”

How has your songwriting course of modified since your first album? Do you strategy writing classes otherwise than you used to?

I've at all times been instructed that I'm very quick when writing a track — like, I would like it accomplished by supper time. I'm fairly aggressive. I do know what I would like, and I'll be like, “Play it like this!” Or “I'll play it for you!” Or “Record me!” I'll simply run and be like, “You need the vocal down? Okay, let's go!” And I positively nonetheless try this. But a variety of occasions I’ll get so impressed these days with ideas, which was once my weakest hyperlink, and now it’s considered one of my favourite components: How can I say one thing vital on this three-minute track? I’ll come ready. Or if I’m actually nervous, like if I’m writing with John Legend, I’ll are available in with a track actually ready and play it for him like, “What do you suppose? Let’s change it or preserve it?” Usually they prefer it.

From the skin, it looks as if you’ve actually discovered your groove along with your sound prior to now yr: The songs you’ve put out these previous few months — “No Excuses,” “Let You Be Right,” “Can’t Dance,” “All the Ways” — has been your strongest physique of labor thus far, I feel. Have you felt that your self?

Dude, that's my favourite factor anybody has ever instructed me within the final 4 years. No one's ever instructed me that, and now you're my favourite human being of all time. 'Cause all I've been doing with this album is what I really imagine in my intestine: This is what I would like my music to sound like and these are the songs I like. I don't care what's taking part in on the radio or what they don't settle for. I like this, and I'm proud to carry out these songs. All these individuals in your workforce, they’re simply extra centered on charts and generally make you second-guess your self. They'll say, “Well, I don't know in the event that they'll play it on radio” or “I don't know if it'll achieve success.” And in my coronary heart, I'm like, “But it's a jam!” So so that you can say that, it confirms in my head like, “Oh, I'm doing it proper, that is what my venture’s imagined to sound like.”

I’m blissful to listen to it! What’s the standing of the correct studio album you talked about earlier? Is it nonetheless referred to as Treat Myself, are you continue to recording for it?

Yeah, I'm conserving the title and the track. I've a variety of different songs that I'm simply sitting on and love a lot. I feel if I'm doing anymore classes, it's only one extra. I lately wrote these two large songs that I lastly am like, “Okay, I can't beat this, that is perfection in my guide, and the world may use this track proper now to bop to.” So I've a few these. After this EP, we're simply going to see how properly it does after which follow-up with an album after which tour.

The Grammy Awards are this weekend, and also you received greatest new artist in 2016. What recommendation do you might have for whoever takes dwelling that award on Sunday?

Oh, I don’t know! [Laughs] When you get a Grammy, there’s part of you that’s like, “I can breathe now, it’s going to be really easy from right here on out.” But you shouldn’t have that mentality. You ought to go, “Okay, I would like eight extra, and I’m going to work more durable.” It’s not like all of the doorways are open. You’ve nonetheless bought to proper in your desires and preserve working your hardest. So get pleasure from each second, soak it in, like it, after which simply take that and be impressed to go twice as arduous

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