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 in the present day (Feb. eight) — simply in time for Valentine’s Day subsequent week, course.

Trainor describes the six-song mission — which additionally options final 12 months’s “All the Ways” — as one thing 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 stated 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 a bit style what that is going to appear like and sound like.”

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

It was very fast, it was a pair weeks in the past. My crew and I] have been speaking concerning the album and placing it collectively, and we had too many songs, however all of us liked 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 items. So my supervisor prompt, “Why don’t we we attempt to put them out] on Valentine’s Day? I don’t know quite a bit artists who’ve tried that earlier than.” 

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

Oh, it was very aggressive, it was our one-month anniversary 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 courting have been like, “Let’s dwell collectively on the street.” So it was very, very quick. Everything was proper manner. I keep in mind we stated “I really like you” very early, but it surely was meant to me.

I keep 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 assume the world would ever hear it, however I really 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 his face.

How ten 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 have been simply speaking about this yesterday — how I wrote a music known as “Hopeless Romantic” on my second album earlier than I bought to go on a date with Daryl. The lyrics] are like, “I guess I met you at a celebration earlier than, you have 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 once 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 by some means, in order that was one these moments. And I feel 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 delicate ‘80s vibe to it. Were these the eras you have been hoping to evoke?

Yeah, you nailed — it was ABBA. “I’m Down” and “All the Ways” have these large choruses, and I really like how ABBA simply have large, enjoyable, lovely choruses with additional harmonies. That's my jam. The hardest half me stepping into 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 stated, “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 excellent 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 stated sure, and I stated, “Tell me all of the methods,” and he stated “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 following day I used to be like, “How will we put this cute line within the music and make everybody get it?” I feel Daryl’s really singing on the music, with my brothers and my mother. 

Your final album had a music that featured your mother, and one the brand 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 wished 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 liked 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 fast household? Do you’ve got cousins in your checklist subsequent?

Yeah, they're excited! My little cousin's really 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 a dialog you have been having. Does that occur ten?

Oh yeah, I'm that obnoxious particular person. I'm all the time like, “There's a music in that!” I write down all the things. In the start 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 courting. We have been too scared to say “I really like you,” so we might all the time say like, “I'm down,” like, “I'm right down to date you and be your girlfriend, I'm down.” And then earlier than we stated “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 method writing classes otherwise than you used to?

I've all the time been advised that I'm very quick when writing a music — like, I would like it executed by time for dinner. 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 undoubtedly nonetheless try this. But quite a bit instances I’ll get so impressed these days with ideas, which was once my weakest hyperlink, and now it’s one my favourite components: How can I say one thing vital 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 with a music actually ready and play it for him like, “What do you assume? Let’s change it or hold it?” Usually they prefer it.

From the skin, it looks as if you’ve actually discovered your groove together with your sound previously 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 work thus far, I feel. 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 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 really like. I don't care what's taking part in 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 individuals in your crew, they’re simply extra targeted 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 mission’s speculated to sound like.”

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

Yeah, I'm preserving the identify and the music. I’ve quite a bit 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 just 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 might use this music proper now to bounce to.” So I’ve a pair these. After this EP, we're simply going to see how effectively it does after which follow-up with an album after which tour.

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

Oh, I don’t know! Laughs] When you get a Grammy, there’s an element 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 on your goals and hold working your hardest. So get pleasure from each second, soak it in, adore it, after which simply take that and be impressed to go twice as arduous