Lorde Gives Advice to Aspiring Musicians in 'Rolling Stone'
Here’s what the 17-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On nerves and finding strength: “I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado,” quoting Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy”. “The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in meetings: strength.”
On how her perspective has changed: “It’s a really weird thing to write a song like ‘Royals,’ or a record like the record I wrote, 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. Do I really want to write a record which is like, ‘I’m in my Jacuzzi and I have so much money, and I’m sad?’ It’ll be interesting to see how something like this manifests itself creatively for me.”
On advice to future 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.”
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