SR: Are you looking forward to the tour?
SM: It's a huge deal. I have been dreaming about going on tour and playing night after night and playing show after show since I was a little kid, and I'm totally serious. I used to imagine that I was playing in front of these huge crowds and just try to imagine what it would be like to be in a new city each night and dealing with the press and seeing the fans everywhere you go. And being onstage, for me, is just such an amazing experience. It's not that all the attention is focused on me—it's just that I love making music, and I love to hear the reaction from the audience.
Music is just an amazing thing. It's a universal language. It transcends anywhere you can think of, and so to be doing it, to be sharing my music on this magnitude, is amazing to me.