I recently read Lorde’s interview in Frankie magazine (issue 54) and thought of sharing it with everyone, especially for those who can’t access the magazine.
How did Lorde come to be? I’ve been working with my record label under development since I was about 12 or 13, then I tentatively started writing. When I was 14 I started making music that I was progressively happier with. Now I’m in the studio everyday, and I love it.
What’s your secret song recipe? Usually I’ll start with a lyrical idea. I’m a big believer in the perfect words saying something in exactly the way you wanted it.
Aside from the actual notes, what else do you focus on while making music? I’m pretty conscious now of trying to keep things varied. You never want a listener to figure you out completely.
You’re a big fan of rap music – what is it about the style that appeals to you? I’m pretty quiet in general, so if I listen to rap and get into that world it gives me a chance to be this hyper-confident, super-braggy person, which is really fun.
What are your favourite books? I love Feed by M.T. Anderson. Also heaps of short-story writers, and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Ezra Pound.
How have your friends reacted to your growing fame? I feel like I’ve been added by my entire school on Facebook – it’s kind of weird. I forgot that other people have heard my music. The other night I was with some friends at a party and ‘Royals’ came on, and we were like, ‘this is the biggest trip ever’.
Tell us something that nobody would know about you. I’m a big hoarder of stuff. I have huge collections of weird things like bird skeletons and National Geographic that are 70 years old, and old unopened Fanta bottles.
Where would you like to take Lorde in the next year? My main goal is to write an album that I’m really proud of. I’m trying some new things, so there’ll definitely be some surprises. Maybe even a little bit of spoken word slash rap?