What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
[Jean-Michel] Basquiat. A friend of mine from Brooklyn, my stylist, knew him. She was in New York when Basquiat was there, and they were friends. She has this amazing drawing he made of her, and it made me look at his art in a different way. I began to understand how he saw things, how Basquiat saw the world.
Also, I was given a book for my birthday, a book of photographs by Edouard Boubat. It reminded me not to look at life in a jaded way. As an artist, he found a way to look at something fresh every time. He used to say that a picture is always forming; you just have to watch for it. With that in mind, I see the world in a different way—it’s a visual orchestra that’s always playing.
Tori Amos grew up in Baltimore and was the youngest person ever accepted at Peabody. She was five years old and studied at the conservatory for six years, before moving to Silver Spring and eventually pursuing her musical career in Los Angeles. She's gone on to sell millions of records and forge a unique identity in the pop music world. Her new disc, Night of Hunters, draws inspiration from 400 years of classical music (hello, Peabody) and has just been released by Deutsche Grammophon.