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 music’s on Trainor’s new EP, The Love Train, which arrives right this moment (Feb. eight) — simply in time for Valentine’s Day subsequent week, in fact.

Trainor describes the six-song challenge — which additionally options final 12 months’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 approach 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 folks know music remains to be coming — right here’s a bit of style of what that is going to appear like and sound like.”

Below, Trainor tells Billboard about how the challenge got here collectively, the real-life moments that impressed her songs and what recommendation she has for this 12 months’s finest 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 determine to place them collectively as an EP on their very own right now?

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 cherished these songs. We thought, “We can’t simply put these on a shelf or throw them away, we’d like these songs to stay!” They’re so private to me, they’re precisely how I really feel proper now — I’m in love and received 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 lots of artists who’ve tried that earlier than.” 

How does the content material of those songs line up with milestones in your personal 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 stay collectively on the highway.” So it was very, very quick. Everything was proper approach. I bear in mind we mentioned “I really like you” very early, nevertheless it was meant to me.

I bear in mind he talked about one thing to me earlier than I wrote this music, 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 music. 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 music?

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

How usually do you write one thing in a music 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 music referred to as “Hopeless Romantic” on my second album earlier than I received 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 all the time thought that, like, what if I already met my soulmate and I simply missed my probability? And so after we received 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 someway, in order that was a type of moments. And I believe my ”Marry Me“ music was me being like, ”You higher marry me!“ [Laughs] It labored!

“All the Ways” sounds a bit like a modern-day ABBA music 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 huge choruses, and I really like how ABBA simply have huge, enjoyable, lovely choruses with further harmonies. That's my jam. The hardest a part of me getting in was like, “How do I make this not tacky?” I’d inform [my producers], “Here’s a melody I hear in my head, ought to or not it’s a guitar or a synth? What can be much less tacky?” I mentioned, “I need it to be iconic, and I need folks 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 onerous. I assumed it was the funniest factor, ‘trigger he’s not that humorous, so it was a win for him. [Laughs] And then the following day I used to be like, “How can we put this cute line within the music and make everybody get it?” I believe Daryl’s truly singing on the music, with my brothers and my mother. 

Your final album had a music 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 all the time needed him to play on a music for me. He's doing one other one for me quickly for the album. This music on the time was going to be on the principle album, and everybody cherished it, [so we thought] “We simply gotta put it out earlier on the EP!” And my dad's enjoying organ on it, and he's killing it.

Is it simply your speedy household? Do you’ve gotten cousins in your record 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 immediately out of a dialog you had been having. Does that occur usually?

Oh yeah, I'm that obnoxious individual. I'm all the time like, “There's a music in that!” I write down all the things. In the start of courting him, he would simply say romantic issues to me, and I’d simply flip over and be like, “I want my telephone, get my telephone!” And now he is aware of — once 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 really like you,” so we’d all the time 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 in another way than you used to?

I've all the time been advised that I'm very quick when writing a music — like, I need it completed by time for dinner. I'm fairly aggressive. I do know what I need, 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 undoubtedly nonetheless try this. But lots of occasions I’ll get so impressed these days with ideas, which was my weakest hyperlink, and now it’s one in every of my favourite elements: How can I say one thing necessary on this three-minute music? 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 music actually ready and play it for him like, “What do you suppose? Let’s change it or maintain 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 12 months: 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 up to now, I believe. Have you felt that your self?

Dude, that's my favourite factor anybody has ever advised me within the final 4 years. No one's ever advised 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 actually imagine in my intestine: This is what I need my music to sound like and these are the songs I really like. I don't care what's enjoying on the radio or what they don't settle for. I really like this, and I'm proud to carry out these songs. All these folks in your group, they’re simply extra targeted on charts and typically 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 challenge’s presupposed to sound like.”

I’m glad 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 preserving the identify and the music. I’ve lots of different songs that I'm simply sitting on and love a lot. I believe if I'm doing anymore classes, it's only one extra. I not too long ago wrote these two huge songs that I lastly am like, “Okay, I can't beat this, that is perfection in my e book, and the world might use this music proper now to bounce 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 finest new artist in 2016. What recommendation do you’ve gotten for whoever takes residence 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 need eight extra, and I’m going to work tougher.” It’s not like all of the doorways are open. You’ve nonetheless received to proper on your desires and maintain 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 onerous