After her Philadelphia show on January 21, Lana Del Rey was interviewed by Talia Schlanger for World Cafe. In the interview Lana talks about living in the H of the Hollywood sign, the deeper meaning behind some of her lyrics, and her friendships with Courtney Love and Stevie Nicks.
Talia even asks Lana about the controversial line “he fit me and it felt like a kiss” in ‘Ultraviolence‘. Lana says, “I guess I would say I didn’t have a great reference for what a really nurturing relationship would look like.”
To read to the full interview, head over to National Public Radio – or check out the audio embedded below, which includes more than the write up! Here is a snippet from the interview:
Talia Schlanger: When you announced the new record, you released this video that is beautiful and very clever. Can you describe what we see in this video, where you are?
Lana Del Rey: I had been thinking about this idea of broadcasting from the middle of the “H” in the Hollywood sign in California. So I asked my director … to help me set up this whole space to look like the H. In it, I was sort of looking at all of the mayhem in the city below and beyond — but I also wanted it to have sort of a B movie twist on it with the narrative.
I want to talk about Stevie Nicks, who sings on “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.” There’s such a great interplay between your two voices: You open the song and when she comes in, you can really hear the saltiness in her voice in a different way. I know you’re really involved in mastering and and mixing your music, and so you have your hands on her raw vocals. What’s that like?
Funny enough, I had wanted her to open the song — ’cause, you know, she’s Stevie. But she didn’t want to. She wanted to take the second verse and step into it. So, yeah, she was full of surprises. She gave me a little golden diamond H, cause she always joked about how when I got older, I would live in the H and she would live in the W of the Hollywood sign — turn it into a little A-frame house. I was like, “Really? Let’s do it.”
When you first met her in the studio, what was going through your mind?
I remember so many different things about that session. She wanted me to go in and do something at the end, like a little tag. I got on the microphone and I had, like, red-light fever because she was watching me. I said, “That was bad, my voice was breaking.” And she’s like, “I like that it was breaking. I’m gonna try and do it like you now.”
Lana Del Rey is on the cover of California Style magazine for their March issue. She spoke to Lesley McKenzie about living in LA and finding friends and inspiration there, as well as how she’s over her obsession with old cars such as the 1950s pickup. Lana also talks about being in a happy place, following her dreams and how she warms up for her shows with rehearsals and meditation.
The interview is accompanied by a gorgeous photoshoot photographed by Victor Demarchelier and styled by Alison Edmond. Below you can find some snippets from the interview!
California has been a source of inspiration for Del Rey in the last few years, often from behind the wheel of her truck (“It’s brand-new, it’s not a nostalgic, 1950s pickup,” she quips. “I’m over my old-car obsession—I’m happy with Bluetooth”), driving along the Pacific Coast Highway. The tony San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, which was devastated in the winter mudslides, was always a favorite destination for Del Rey to recharge.
“I’d say the last two years have been relatively peaceful,” says Del Rey of her current frame of mind, which has since seeped into her work. “I think that’s kind of why my newer record has a little bit of a brighter tone to it, whereas before I was definitely working a lot and on the road 24/7,” she says. “I’m still traveling a lot but I had a lot more to work through a couple years ago, I guess.”
That shift in perspective shines through on ballads such as “Change,” the last song Del Rey wrote for the album, which addresses the fact that she was seeking change in her life but didn’t know how to go about it. “It was just more like a small bubbling of wanting to turn things around aesthetically in my art and personally as well. I really like the idea that life imitates art and I’ve noticed that in my own work. I knew that good things could follow if I put it out there that I was still trying to grow.”
On February 8, Lana Del Rey arrived in Dallas, Texas for her concert later that night at the American Airlines Center. Before her show, she stopped by the Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Medical Center to pay them a visit.
During her visit, Lana was taught how to play four chords on the ukulele. She sang some of “This Is What Makes Us Girls” which was requested, and also made up her own “new little tropical song” on the ukulele which she said she’ll call ‘Starry Eyed.’ You can see a snippet of this on her Instagram account here (or below). Lana also got a picture from a girl which she said made her “so happy”, and played some games with all the children!
Public Appearances > 2018 > Visiting the Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA (February 8)
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🦄 Told you I’d bring something more sparkly than a fish pebble for next time 🎆 We had song requests but both girlies acknowledged I would have to alter the lyrics if I sang them !! And what were the chances of having four ukelele players in the room ?? So they all taught me four chords and I started to write a new little tropical song. Had the best time. Sending lots of love xo @ryanfoundation
On the cover of the newly launched magazine L’Officiel is none other than Lana Del Rey. The new USA edition features a lengthy interview with questions from Kim Kardashian West, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Grimes, Alessandro Michele, Sean Ono Lennon, Marina (and the Diamonds), BØRNS and Rick Nowels.
It also includes a selection of questions sent by fans which were submitted by you to us! Thank you to William Defebaugh at L’Officiel for working with us to make this possible, and thank you to our visitors for your submissions!
In the interview, Lana talks about everything from her literary influences and beauty icons, to her views on artificial intelligence and if our personalities are shaped by the way we look. Lana also reveals if she can cook, her Broadway Musical project and much more. Here’s a snippet:
Kim Kardashian West: If you weren’t writing or making music, what would you be doing?
Lana: I would be a doula, or maybe working with kids.
Courtney Love: Why have you stolen my unconscious and made me your musical slave?
Lana: [Laughs] If you had told me that one day Courtney Love would listen to me on repeat, I would just not have believed you.
Stevie Nicks: Dear Lana, are we planning on spending the summer in our fantastic apartments in the Hollywood sign?
Lana: Stevie! Sweet angel! Yes don’t worry I’ve already began planning the summer but I was thinking we could spend half of our time on that boat we were talking (maybe shoot a video for “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.”) I was thinking we could kick it off on the Summer Solstice — what do you think?
BØRNS: If you could change any one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Lana: More female producers.
Rick Nowels: Did you read poetry as a teenager?
Lana: Yes. One of my biggest influences was my 10th grade teacher, Gene Campbell. He introduced me to the Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, as well as writers like [Vladimir] Nabokov, [Walt] Whitman..
The magazine will hit newsstands on February 27 and will be available to order online in the near future. Please watch this space for the link, or alternatively subscribe to their newsletter to learn more about release info when available.
— L'Officiel USA (@LOfficielUSA) February 7, 2018
On January 26, Lana Del Rey visited the Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C., where she spent some time with the patients. She was also interviewed at their very own Seacrest Studios! During the interview, Lana sung some of her song “Once Upon A Dream” from the Maleficent soundtrack. Lana was asked a bunch of cute questions from her favourite animal (cats) to her favourite colour (anything that sparkles)!.
Later in the day, Lana arrived in Pennsylvania for her next show later tonight and met some fans. In one video, Lana is in awe at a fan’s tattoo, and shows compassion asking “where is your jacket?” before signing some autographs.
Public Appearances > 2018 > At the Seacrest Studios and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, USA (January 26)
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Candids > 2018 > Meeting fans at University Park in Pennsylvania, USA (January 26)
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Check out photos from today’s special #SeacrestStudios visitor…the sweet, @LanaDelRey! Thank you for spending time with us and for spreading smiles! 💛✨ https://t.co/W6AUsDZCGX pic.twitter.com/8Fbp4TeGb9
— Children's National (@childrenshealth) January 26, 2018
Had the best time at the Children’s hospital in Washington DC today before we left for Pennsylvania.
The kids were ready with lots of requests and put me on the spot to sing some songs I’ve done for Disney movies and some other old classics. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PuLsq7b5eR
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 26, 2018