Lady Gaga was "truly miserable" before she landed a role in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'.
The 29-year-old singer-turned-actress credits her role in the show for improving her music as it has provided her with an outlet to be "reckless" and indulge her "vices".
She said: "When I wasn't working on the show I was truly miserable because I had no safe house to get out any of my vices.
"Now I have a safe house for my vices so when I'm making music I just have a lot more clarity. I have a little less of an instinct to be reckless with my music now because I'm reckless in other places."
The 'Poker Face' hitmaker - who is engaged to actor Taylor Kinney - went on to explain how there will be a lot less "pain" in her music as the show has freed her up to explore other emotions.
Speaking to James Franco for the new issue of V magazine, she said: "I'm thinking more about what it is I want to say and what I want to leave on Earth.
"It's less an expression of all my pain. There will be some of my pain on the record for sure, but it will be more than that.
"My last album was riddled with a ton of pain. That whole record. It's almost like you couldn't even get to what it is.
"Now, the show gives me an outlet to put things somewhere, so when I get to the piano I'm in a deeper place already. I have something completely other to explore."