Ali Gatie Talks New Album, Collaborating With Kehlani & More

Ali Gatie is fresh off the release of his new album, Who hurt you?and ahead of going on tour to support his new music, he sat down with Billboard‘s Tetris Kelly to talk creativity, his collaboration with Kehlani and more.

“There’s always that pressure of trying to beat yourself,” he said of making music after having two hits — “It’s You” and “What If I Told You That I Love You” on the Billboard Hot 100.” Sometimes it’s track-wise, but also creatively. ‘It’s You’ is one of my favorite songs and there are times in the studio when you try to beat that song, but it’s always the wrong mentality. It clouds your judgment. I try to write songs without worrying about how it’s going to do in terms of numbers. I write it from my heart. The fans pick the hits and the universe will pick the hits when the time is right.”

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As for his “The Look” collaboration with Kehlani, Gatie can thank her manager for plugging it. “I had the song and it was missing a verse,” he recalled. “Then it was like, “Who do you want on it?” Kehlani was my manager’s idea […] He reached out, she was very supportive and killed it. We made the video together and it was fun.”

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