"The music videos that I watched growing up, the artist wasn’t trying to look too cool," she told Refinery29. "There was a lot of stuff in it and humor and I was just like, I want to do something like that. I want to do a video where I don’t take myself too seriously, I’m having a laugh in it, and a girl that maybe is like me or has maybe got this huge hair, or wants to dance around like an idiot and doesn’t feel like they can... that it’s alright, you know?"
But the inspiration for her upcoming EP had more to do with the music she'd been listening to — and a really bad breakup. Disco-inspired songs like "Uptown Funk" helped her shape "Lover Like You," but the breakup solidified the sound.
"I really just wanted one song that was like, 'I’m okay,'" she explained. "You know what I mean? 'I’m good.'"
And that's how she wants her listeners to feel. While her original idea for the "Lover Like You" video involved a swapping of gender roles, with Edwards prowling the dance floor looking for men, she instead landed on this more abstract dance party because it was ultimately more fun. This way there's something for everyone.
"I always imagine people hopefully listening to it and feeling some sort of strength from it, I guess," she said. "I went through crap, but I’m still here, you know? I’m still alive and kicking."