E.J.: You should bring the world together as a musician, that’s your job. I truly believe that as a musician, you travel and see for yourself. There’s nowhere that I have been treated badly. I mean, yes, Ive played in Arab countries where people have said, You shouldnt be here since youre gay, but the audiences are great. I was so upset when the U.K. left Europe because you know, we need to come together over drift apart. I’m a staunch believer in that. It was such a colossal mistake.

R.S.: I actually haven’t traveled much, since this is my first album and I haven’t managed to tour it. But my version of travel is social media. I receive messages from people in Kuala Lumpur, from people in Turkey. I have fans who are L.G.B.T.Q. in nations where it’s illegal to be. It’s nice to know that the music resonates with people. And not always people from the community or people who I intended the song to be for, you know? That’s what I want to do. What they say about queering a distance, that’s kind of what I’m trying to do with music by injecting a bit of an interest in regions other than heterosexual love. I think the pressure of having to write heterosexual love songs. Like, I just cant. meve tried.

E.J.: Originally my collaborator, Bernie Taupin, composed songs that I knew were about women and I didn’t care. However, as he came to know who I was sexually, you can take some of our songs written after about 1974, and they can apply to a man or a woman. Since you know, for me to go onstage and sing, “Oh, Maria, I love you so much. ” It’d be crazy.

R.S.: Although, obviously you, Elton, are so meticulous. Gaga, so theatrical. The songwriting is like a musical. I love Disney songs. I love theater songs. Songs that really get a story across and sometimes you’ve got to make the decision to go that way. A lot of people don’t want it. They want to keep subtle.

E.J.: Rina’s composed form of a musical scene with “Sawayama. ” The album is fantastic when you hear it, but if you see it performed, it’s going to have another dimension completely.

R.S.: I think about it every single day. It’s so dramatic. I’m not playing stadiums, but I’m still going to do three outfit changes, because the songs have distinct personalities and I need to bring a different character to every one. Some songs will have choreography. With Chosen Family, Im going to play acoustic guitar. I need it for a moment with, you know, candles and lighters in the air. And I want to speak to the audience a little. Because it’s not about me. It’s about how people feel, you know? I hate gigs where it’s all about the artist. That’s so dull. I would like people to feel connected to one another. I want people to feel strong.