Taylor Swift is in the middle of the tour behind her latest album, Red, but she's already antsy to start work on the follow-up to that project. Taylor explains that her nerves tell her when it's time to start making music.
"When the anxiety starts, then the writing happens right afterward usually," she says.
Don't expect this new music to come out anytime soon though. Making an album is a two-year process for Taylor, and the songs she writes in the first year usually don't see the light of day.
Taylor says, "Whatever I write in the first year is gonna get thrown away, because I'm gonna like it, but it's gonna sound a little bit like the last project I had, and then the second year usually ends up sounding like the next project."
Getting to that new sound is hard work for Taylor, who puts a premium on going forward with every new album she puts out.
"Creatively, I think you need to challenge yourself," she says. "I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you've been inspired by before."
Though she doesn't mention any names, Taylor hints that she'll be collaborating with some new people on her fifth album. Making those new connections and coming up with new song isn't easy for Taylor after putting out four multi-platinum albums.
She explains, "It's harder to call up people you don't know and work with them for the first time, and it's harder to think of topics you haven't covered and think of new ways to say old emotions that everyone feels, but that's the goal at this point."
If Taylor sticks to the album release schedule she's established with her last few projects, fans will have to wait until fall 2014 for Taylor's new album to drop.
Of note, Taylor performed a set at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville Thursay night. A portion of that performance will air on the ABC special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock , airing August 12.
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