When rising pop singer bülow calls from a recording studio in Canada, she quickly cautions that she’s feeling under the weather. She explains that she’s just returned from her week-long high-school graduation trip to Cyprus, later pausing mid-answer for a brief cough attack. “It was a whole week of partying,” she says. “It was really exhausting, but a lot of fun.”
The 18-year-old, born Megan Bulow, only just finished school. But in between wrapping up her studies and taking part in the ceremony and other celebrations, she managed to drop her second EP in a two-volume collection titled Damaged. (The first installment arrived last fall; her friends blasted it throughout the cafeteria speakers during lunch.) She’s grateful her parents placed such a value on her education, even though she asked them to drop out “many many many times.” But now that school is finally out of the way, she’s eager to devote herself to what she does best — making the kind of emotionally raw electro-pop that’s already racked up tens of millions of streams on Spotify. “I can happily move on to this next chapter in my life,” she says. “It’s a very freeing feeling.”
Her nomadic childhood put her on the path to songwriting. Growing up in Germany and later moving to England, Texas, and the Netherlands, music was the one constant that helped keep bülow grounded. Moving around also made her realize that being honest about her own experiences with love and heartbreak made it easier to relate to and connect with other people her age, no matter where she lived.