Lorde’s press campaign for her new album marches on. The New Zealand singer took an interview close to home as she chatted with a reporter from “60 Minutes Australia” for a couple of meetings. On her favorite New Zealand beach and in a studio with her mom looking on, Lorde opened up about what she’s been doing in the four years since she rocketed onto the pop music scene.
Lorde spoke more about how the album is very much about her breakup with photographer James Lowe. The duo’s split rocked her world, so she used it–like so many pop stars–as inspiration for her new music.
“When I wrote it, I had moved out of my house and I was sort of newly alone and kind of dealing with all of the emotions that come along with that,” she says. Discussing her first heartbreak, she said, “It’s pretty gnarly. I think, across the board, it’s hard.”
“I think it’s definitely something that I’m going to remember for a long time and something that has been really formative for me,” she says. But don’t count on a Taylor Swift-like takedown of James on “Melodrama.” It sounds like Lorde is still trying to play nice as she plays the underdog again.
“I always think, like, I’m just the underdog again,” she explains about preparing for the second album. “I’m just that kid making an album, sitting on the train to and from work listening to it.”
“I totally feel like an underdog,” she adds. “I think one record is cool, but like I think everyone can make one record. If you can make five amazing records, like that’s when it starts to get interesting. So I think until then, I’ll still think of myself as an underdog.”
Lorde is looking forward to her new publicity blitz. She’s ready to be confused about where she wakes up on tour–even though she barely survived the last one.
“I still don’t know how I really escaped barely unscathed from the whole thing because it is hectic,” she says. “It’s a hectic amount of attention, especially for a young person who’s still kind of like figuring out what it means to be in the world.” It’s also how snakes are born.
Watch Lorde’s entire interview with “60 Minutes Australia” below.
(Photo credit: 60Minutes9 YouTube account)