22 years old Albanian singer-songwriter Era Istrefi, talked about Lana Del Rey in a recent interview to Noisey.
Noisey: A lot of people have pointed out the Rihanna vibe on “BonBon,” but who are your main musical influences?
EI: My musical influences are kinda everywhere. It’s so hard to choose between them, but if you want, I can mention some? Well, Rihanna is obviously one—I can simply say that I grew up in the Rihanna generation. And when I was 16 I discovered Jamaican music, so dancehall and reggae really, really inspire my music. And Lana Del Rey is one of my faves too.
Noisey: Lana Del Rey actually surprises me. What is it you like about her?
EI: When I’m love with someone, I see no flaws in them—and that goes for Lana Del Rey as well. Another thing I would like to mention about Lana Del Rey is that I used to underestimate the emotion of sadness, but Lana Del Rey and her music taught me that sadness should be appreciated and should be used for art too because it’s truly a beautiful emotion.