Kacie TomitaKhalid is making a name for himself as both a successful solo artist and guest vocalist on numerous tracks, including EDM producer Marshmello‘s latest called “Silence,” which the 19-year-old singer personally relates to.
He tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “The line ‘I found peace in your violence’ is about all the noise and disruption I experienced being an outcast, and finding peace in it and using it to form my creative vision.”
The young artist has used other real-life scenarios to influence his music, especially for the hit tracks “Young, Dumb & Broke” and “Location.”
He tells the Star Tribune that the former was inspired by “not seeing love as a commitment at my age.”
Khalid adds, “It was my expression of just accepting the characteristics I had at the time, and not caring that older people might look down at us.”
“It’s like, ‘Yeah, I might be young, dumb and broke, but I still have so much love to give.'”
He adds, “I’ve met so many different people, especially as a military kid, that I know relationships don’t always last. And that’s OK.”
You can also hear Khalid’s guest vocals on Logic’s newest song, “1-800-273-8255.” He’s also nominated for the Best New Artist MTV Video Music Award, and you can vote for him on MTV.com now.
The MTV VMAs air Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
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