profile: You were the youngest person ever signed to Sony. What made you decide to follow an independent pathway instead? straalen: Sony was great experience, but I found as I got older, I was being lead into more of a pop market. I like to see myself as a serious musician – I don’t want to be seen as ‘just a kid’. The best way to define yourself as an artist is releasing your own music. It’s the only way people are going to get to really know you.