Lorde ‘Royals Isn’t My Best Song’

lorde-royalsLorde interview excperts with Australia’s The Music magazine. On ‘Royals': ‘I definitely don’t think Royals is my best song. I understand why it worked and why it was kind of a hit, I can see those qualities in it, but at the same time there’s part of me that’s like..

’These melodies are just not as good as something I could have written now’, or like ‘I definitely wouldn’t have written this lyric this way if I had’ve written it now.’ But I was 15 when I wrote it and I’m 17 now, so I think you grow a lot in that period. It definitely feels like a bit of a relic now.

Before I put The Love Club EP out I was just planning on releasing EPs and messing around and putting stuff on the internet until I finished high school and then I would kind of look at it more seriously. But obviously things went kind of crazy and, what happened to the music once it left my hands was, like, just this insane thing.

So I had to rethink and decide when I wanted to write the record; it was important to me that I followed up this big song with material that I felt was relevant to me right now and which felt kinda fresh and did come at the same time as that song, I guess. It wasn’t a plan that was thought out well in advance.’

Basically from when I was 12 or 13 I’ve been calling the shots in regard to my own career and my management and label have been super open to that, which is weird because lots of adults who’ve been doing what they do for a long time don’t really want to take direction from someone who is just starting high school.

But I’ve always known what was best for my art and what I was doing and people have kind of respected that. I guess I’ve just been saying how things should be for long enough that people don’t really question it anymore.’

Some of the stuff I have to decide about isn’t creative, it’s to do with my brand in a way, which is definitely something which can be hard and something I’m often up all night thinking about. At the end of the day, and it sounds so cliché, I just go with my gut. Even if I ask a bunch of people for advice and they say ‘do this’ or ‘don’t do this’ I usually go with the thing that I first thought.”

But how do you deal with going from being a nobody to the most in-demand artist on the planet? ‘I think when it’s happening to you it’s less weir. For example, being on the cover of Rolling Stone, you’re like ‘that never happens to people like me’, but then you’re among the people who have been on the cover of Rolling Stone and it’s not so weird. I’ve adjusted to things, I think.’

She was allowed to take time away from school to write her album: ‘I was so for it, I was kind of freaked out, but I really wanted to do it. It was pretty much down to my parents, because obviously I had to take three months out of school. They came home from this meeting with my manager and said ‘we’re gonna let you make the record’ and I was like ‘YEEEEAHHH this is gonna be awesome!!’’

Royal, and The Love Club EP it came from, were not meant to become this massive. Lorde was not supposed to have an album out yet. Yelich-O’Connor didn’t just want to capitalise on the success of the single, she wanted what people heard from her after Royals to be something from the same woman at a similar time in her life.

‘I feel like most pop stars have this plan written in stone years before anything happens but the song started taking off and I was like ‘Oh, okay..’ and then we had to plan for what was gonna come next.

Before I put The Love Club EP out I was just planning on releasing EPs and messing around and putting stuff on the internet until I finished high school and then I would kind of look at it more seriously. But obviously things went kind of crazy and, what happened to the music once it left my hands was, like, just this insane thing.

So I had to rethink and decide when I wanted to write the record; it was important to me that I followed up this big song with material that I felt was relevant to me right now and which felt kinda fresh and did come at the same time as that song, I guess. It wasn’t a plan that was thought out well in advance.’

For me, I know a record is important to me if I can hear my life in it. If you write super personally, like I do, the worry for me is that if it means so much to me then it’s not gonna mean too much to other people because it’s going to be too specific or whatever.

I feel like a lot of people my age really reacted to it which is so cool for me and is kind of the dream. I was lucky. I feel like teens are a tough audience and I feel like a lot of the art and that a lot of the material aimed at teens is usually super corny and feels patronising or whatever, and I am aware of that. But people I guess didn’t feel that about Pure Heroine which is super cool.’

On being a role model: ‘That’s a crazy one because, obviously I am 17, I’m going to fuck some stuff up at some point, because I think that’s a natural part of becoming an adult,” she says when asked if she’s comfortable with such exemplar status. “But as long as people are willing to accept me as an imperfect role model, then I guess I’m honoured.

  • boystan

    400 lux is

    • BangBang

      true! and tennis court

    • in jesus name i pray amen

      *white teeth teens but all her songs really lololo

  • HolyGround

    I’ve had her album on repeat for so long, its so good. I think she’s a great artist. She looks super pretty in that picture too.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    I just saw this new update.
    I think it’s new.

    • boystan

      me getting dat promo

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    On being a role model: “That’s a crazy one because, obviously I am 17, I’m going to fuck some stuff up at some point, because I think that’s a natural part of becoming an adult,” she says when asked if she’s comfortable with such exemplar status. “But as long as people are willing to accept me as an imperfect role model, then I guess I’m honoured.”

    I loved her answer here, that’s a tough role people put you in.

  • cerenagee

    Wow she looks stunning. Those eyes

  • cerenagee

    I think she carries herself very maturely. I love the way she sounds in the interview and answers her questions. I can understand why her bf is so much older. Her hair looks absolutely gorgeous here

  • http://lovinq-you.tumblr.com/ FuckHarry

    Shes right royals is such a good song but she has better ones.

  • liz

    lorde is, in my opinion, the one star that has come along and actually deserves all the hype surrounding her. sure, she is a little bit eccentric. but she’s very intelligent and very talented. it’s not so common these days for a person to have a voice that’s unique and interesting yet pleasant and listenable, and have that be accompanied with talent for writing.

    • Queen Amanda Bynes

      And Jennifer lawerence <3

  • fjri

    i love buzzcut season and glory and hole

  • Jake

    I like this girl. She’s mature in interviews and she speaks so intelligently and her album was really good for a debut. Also, between her releasing music and Miley releasing music, I’d rather hear her on the radio and see her get the recognition that young talent deserves to be represented as. She’s a wonderful artist. I’m a huge fan. BUT, I don’t think she’s worth her hype. If she wasn’t as young as she was, she wouldn’t be regarded as such a genius. Also, her mother is a famous poet in New Zealand, and no one points out that she helps her write. I’d be more impressed if she wrote completely solo. And her attitude is shit. I know she most likely doesn’t mean it, but she comes off as very pretentious and abrasive. Especially when she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Like when she had a criticism of Taylor Swift, and then met and became friends with her, and then started praising her (I don’t like that friendship, it feels forced) because she didn’t have the maturity to know to give indifference. I hope she grows out of that because she can be a global star with longevity. Also, she’s very pretty. A lot of people say she’s ugly or looks older, but she has a very unconventional beauty that suits her.

  • Stasha

    That isn’t her best melody? It’s basically a slightly different variation of ‘do your ears hang low’? You didn’t write that shit.

  • Queen Amanda Bynes

    Ribs,White teeth teens, buzz cut season and 400 lx were my favs. So many good songs. Are on the album , she’s right royals was great but not the best

  • Queen Amanda Bynes

    She should have worn that dress to the Grammies! She looks stunning here and here curls are flawless. I’m still upset her hair was straight when she won haha.

  • threelittlebirds

    She looks so pretty in that pic. But why does she always try to make herself look ugly?

  • in jesus name i pray amen

    She looks GORGEOUS here. The dress, the makeup, the hair. She should try to do her hair back more like that, instead of always having it in her face.

  • Clauber

    She is the perfect example that every woman can be absoutely beautiful with Photoshop’s help

  • xas

    400 Lux is my fave<3 also A World Alone is fantastic. i like royals but it's rarely ever played on my phone.