Lorde in Billboard's Latest Issue: If It Were Up To Me, I Wouldn't Do Interviews
During her Q&A session with the publication, the 16-year-old songstress opened up about her recent rise to stardom and shared details about her songwriting.
Check out a few highlights from Lorde's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Billboard!
On her career:
"In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews, and probably there would be one photo out there of me, and that would be it. I just feel like mystery is more interesting. People respond to something which intrigues them instead of something that gives them all the information -- particularly in pop, which is like the genre for knowing way too much about everyone and everything."
On writing "Royals":
"It's weird, because obviously when I wrote it I had no idea it would be a big deal or anything. I just wrote something that I liked, and that I thought was cool. It's always strange, particularly with my lyrics -- there's a quite distinctive and personal [tone], and people are sitting in their bedrooms and covering it on YouTube. It's been awesome though. I was just at my house, and I wrote it before I went to the studio. I wrote it in like half an hour -- the lyrics, anyway. I wrote all the lyrics and took them to the studio and my producer [Joel Little] was like, 'Yeah, this is cool.' We worked on that and on two other songs on the EP in a week, and just did a little bit every day."
On relating to other teens:
"I'm not a social outcast or anything. I've got friends. But I feel like I'm definitely an observer in social situations -- I like to listen, and figure out what's being said and what's happening. I can't just go to a party and not be thinking, 'I'm at a party, I'm doing this, what does this mean,' you know? I'm always breaking it down. It annoys my friends too -- they're like, 'Just chill out! Have some fun.' And I'm like, 'Oh, God... okay.'"
On her first performance in the US:
"I think it takes a while to figure yourself out as a performer. I had acted in plays my whole life and I'm good at public speaking, but I had never performed abroad, and I think that it's a different thing completely. You have to learn it, really."
Photo Credit: Ross Brown for Billboard