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Meghan Trainor: ‘I want to take this sound that we did on the first album’ – Music News

On Smallzy’s Surgery, we chat with artist Meghan Trainor in an Australian exclusive. Meghan opens up about being a mum and reveals she is trying to get pregnant again, as she travels to Australia to film the just-announced Australian Idol. She also talks about Covid “shattering” her confidence and her struggle with self-esteem, saying her therapist made her look at herself naked in the mirror to boost her self-confidence.

SMALLZY Now the biggest news. Congratulations on your foray into Australian television. Australian idol. meaning you are literally days away from landing in Australia.

MEGHAN Australian Idol, here I come. Yes, move in.

SMALLZY Do you have experience as a judge?

MEGHAN Yes, I did The Voice UK and I clashed with cover bands in America and I did Top Chef, I’m a pro at that. I did all four with Diddy and Khalid, American show.

SMALLZY What are your judging style criteria? Are you cruel but kind, are you supportive? Are you telling them what they need to hear to wake them up?

MEGHAN I like that one. I’m like the best friend who will keep it real with you. And I’m rooting for you all. You know, I’m like, here’s what you need to do to get to the next level. Because I know, I was too scared to do future competitions as people were thinking, you should do The Voice. No, I’m too scared. So the fact that they’re already there, I’m like, you’re way braver than I’ve ever been and ever will be. Yeah. So I try to remind them like you’re already a winner. Like you did on the show.

SMALLZY Now I don’t know what you know about the show. Is it going like American Idol like are there teams there… You don’t know. I do not know.

MEGHAN I don’t know what I’m walking into. All I know is I’m bringing my whole family and the baby.

SMALLZY How long are you going to stay in Australia?

MEGHAN We’re there for a whole month of October. And then we come back February and March. And I’m trying to get pregnant at the same time. Alright, so hopefully in the second half you’ll see an uproar. You will see a belly.

SMALLZY Want to have two?

MEGHAN I want four. I bet on twins this round. I want a farm.

SMALL Alright. Of course, you. I mean, is everyone supporting this fight? I feel like the team would be like, we’re about to put out a record that we need to tour, let’s not get pregnant.

MEGHAN No, do you think. But they’re like, well, they asked me the other day. They’re like, do you wanna do a Christmas tour or are you just going baby? I’m like I’m gonna baby.


SMALLZY How is a… we’ll start with, we’ll get to pop star life in a second. How’s mom’s life?

MEGHAN Mom’s life is the best. It’s good. Mom’s guilt is also very real so it’s hard.

SMALLZY That’s a good thing.

MEGHAN Like when you say ‘how’s mom’s life?’ I would like to be with him, you know.

SMALLZY I have uncle guilt.

MEGHAN Are you right?

SMALLZY Actually, not really. I just said that to make you feel like you weren’t alone. I said my niece and nephew and I was about two hours ago. That’s enough, you can get them back now.

MEGHAN Thank you very much. It’s like a taste of what it’s like to have a child.


SMALLZY But new music.

MEGHAN New music, new baby.

SMALLZY October 21, Takin’ It Back. Tell me about that.

MEGHAN Yes, we bring it back to the wap-ness. You know, on that first album title. Yeah, I call that a 2.0 title. It’s called Takin it Back because I started on the mountains with a T for trainor representing my family. And I want to go back to that sound that we did on the first album because when I started writing that, my songwriter friend was like, Yo, I heard people wanting to come into the studio and say, I want Meghan Trainor to ring and I was like, what are you talking about? The doowap? And they’re like, Yeah, I was like, that’s easy. Let’s do this. I did this in my sleep. And then Tik Tok blew up my song title for my debut album. And so I was like, okay, the universe is talking. let’s do it

SMALL Wow. Is it bluffing you? I mean, actually, as an artist, I don’t know whether or not you did it to feel like yourself. Like you’ve been around so long that you love the artists and refer to your work. I want to do that Meghan Trainor sound.

MEGHAN Yeah, but I was also jealous. I was like, wait, should I do this? Yeah, no, it’s like a huge honor. And that makes me say, they still know who I am. You know?

SMALLZY Oh, yeah, everyone does.

MEGHAN I think COVID has really shattered my confidence in my career too, I write that in my lyrics. Like, I’ve forgotten all the good I’ve ever done before and I have to remember

SMALLZY know, I don’t think you’re alone day. Right. I think that broke everyone’s trust. At least mine. I don’t know if you can understand that. But as there were sometimes you do a radio show. And you like is anyone listening? Is there really anyone? Will he ever come back? Yeah, I think it’s the will that he never comes back.

MEGHAN Literally. Yeah, will it ever happen again.

SMALLZY Is it ever going to go back to what I literally call the good old days and the good old days was like, you know, 18 months ago, it’s like it’s never gonna go back there?

MEGHAN Yeah, that really bothers you. And what helps a lot is TikTok. I recommend TikTok for everyone.

SMALLZY How many hours do you waste a day on TikTok?

MEGHAN Oh, I’m in the shower on TikTok. Yeah, don’t post what I do in the shower. But like scrolling. For example, I’ll take a dry join and scroll, double tap.


SMALLZY Before you go. Made You Look, it comes out with the album. New song. Do you want to talk to me, 411? Tell me all about the song.

MEGHAN I wrote it in the shower. This is another track of self-confidence.

SMALLZY When you say you wrote it in the shower


SMALLZY With pen and paper or just?

MEGHAN No, dancing. I can wear my Gucci. You know, and that was the whole point of saying that I could spend all my money and budget on these outfits and try to be the pop star. Like people told me you should buy Gucci and then tell the paparazzi where you’re gonna be and then take pictures and I’m like that sounds exhausting.

SMALLZY Because they do that, right?

MEGHAN Yeah. I tell myself, this is not for me. So I’m like, but even without anything. I bet I made you look again, you know.

SMALLZY I like it, it’s powerful. I feel like a lot of Instagram influencers need to hear that.

MEGHAN Yes. Also, my therapist made me stand in the mirror for five minutes looking at my naked body to work on my self-confidence. And the first time, I was shaking, then the second or third time, I was like, it’s not so bad. Like looking at my thighs and looking good, you know? Yeah, it’s also in the like song, even when nothing on I’m still hot.

SMALLZY Of course.

MEGHAN Thanks, mate.

SMALLZY The therapist wasn’t with you, like on speakerphone or what?

MEGHAN No no, it was homework. No, my therapist was like on my feet, haha ​​no.

SMALLZY No, it’s stimulating. I guess there will always be times when self-doubt creeps in.

MEGHAN Oh yeah, yeah I had a c-section so I got the scar with the stretch marks on it and it was like a whole new game that I had to learn to love. But we are working on it.