Lorde in Rolling Stone: The Music Industry Isn't That Scary
After teaming up with lensman Noah Berlow for the stunning spread, the "Royals" hitmaker dished about her new life as a famous singer and shared her feelings about hip hop star Drake.
Highlights from Lorde's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Rolling Stone!
On becoming well-known:
"When I meet people whose music I really inspire, and they may be a little bit famous, I still get the little, 'Holy crap! This person wants to talk to me.' And I think when you stop having that feeling, and you’re like 'Oh, of course they do,' then maybe you’re not who you were anymore."
"I think what's so cool about an artist like Drake is it's rare for people to get to that level and still write about their day-to-day and how that makes them feel. There's something very unflinching about that, but also just so, so interesting."
On her favorite music:
"When I was young, the stuff I was really influenced by was stuff which was pop, but kind of unconventional, like Animal Collective, Yeasayer. Arcade Fire, to an extent, Grizzly Bear."
On her career:
"It’s a really weird thing to write a song like 'Royals' and then go through something like this, which changes your entire world and way of living and changes what you do every day. And then you find yourself writing and being in a completely new stratosphere in terms of what you’re talking about and how you approach certain subjects. So it has been weird."
On what advice she'd give aspiring musicians:
"If you want your music to be heard. . . you can just put stuff on the Internet and people can love it and that's cool. I think the industry is much less scary than people think it is. You have to go into it with an idea of who you are and what you want to do, and you have to have an idea of the things that you won't do, and the things that you want to aspire to. Because if you have clear goals and absolute no's for yourself, then people can figure it out. And then you won't be left like, 'Oh, sh*t, why did I do that …' I don't know, juice commercial. [Laughs]
My advice to young people wanting to make music and to be in this industry is to really spend your time making music. Make so much music you have no friends. Make music. Figure out what it is you love, and. . .because if you're making cool art, then everything else will fall into line. If it's good enough, if it's cool enough, if it has enough emotion in it, people will listen, and people will love it. And there's nothing else."
Photo Credit: Noah Berlow for Rolling Stone