Lorde Telegraph UK interview. On comparison to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai: ‘Everyone has an opinion on me. I read that comparison with Malala and I am unworthy to be in the same sentence as her. I have done nothing. I didn’t expect to be in this world but I think it’s kind of cool. For a long time pop has been this laughable, shameful thing. But it’s actually gratifying and fun and can unite populations, which I think is incredibly powerful. So hopefully I am showing that pop can be taken seriously.
I came down with a kidney infection just as I was about to get on a plane here. They took me into hospital and put me on a drip and now I’m on heavy-duty antibiotics. Mum always made sure there were lots of books around. For a long time we had a TV but no DVD player. Then Mum got one but she only allowed us to watch old stuff like Wonder Woman, The Partridge Family and Little House on the Prairie.. Those shows are so cool.
She isn’t purposefully setting herself up as an anti-Cyrus figure: ‘That is definitely an older person’s reaction to my songs. I would absolutely take my clothes off if I wanted to and that would be my choice and I would be empowered by it.’
Mum tried to get me into poetry but I wasn’t into it. I read a lot of short fiction and that has much more common ground with lyrics. There is something kind of magic and sacred about performance. I had to switch on a different side to myself and become a different me.
Songwriting is so weird because you are writing down intimate things and then you go into a studio with someone you have never met, who in Joel’s case was twice my age and from a different background. But it was a strange situation where something just clicked. He was very good at being perceptive and figuring out what I do, which is quite a raw, impulsive thing. I didn’t see my music as number-one Billboard chart selling music. I tried to market my music the way my favourite indie producers did.’
From the beginning, I have written about and for my peers and friends. It is a unifying thing, a call to arms. You never hear people making generalisations about adults, yet everyone will make them about teenagers. People forget that we are human beings and that we think differently from each other.’