Llyod has released his first independent record. He recently reflected on the journey that brought him to this point in an interview with Madame Noire.

During this discussion, he dished about his decision to chop off all of his hair. This was significant for him considering how he believed his long locks defined him at the time.

"It was my first Buddhist act. I didn't even realize it ... but now I see that was my first true act in Buddhism, which was letting go. That's what it's all about."

He compares his cutting his hair to that of the Buddhist monks who value the concept of non-attachment. Anything that does not contribute to spiritual fulfillment is shed purposefully. 

The singer also spoke about authenticity, an element he values even more now that he has chosen the independent route.

"How do I get to a place where I let authenticity run my life? I think through my mistakes in the past, you know, through moments in my youth where I tried to manipulate my music sometimes, where I thought I had it figured out. You know, I got a few hits under my belt and I thought, 'Oh, this is easy, I can do this in no time.' And then, it resulted in the worst music I think I had produced at the time."