Lana Del Rey recently performed at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, where she was also interviewed by MTV News. She spoke to Gaby Wilson about her latest album; including the LA to the Moon tour, her collaborations and her newest music video ‘White Mustang.’
Gaby asked Lana if her song ‘Cola‘ had any reference to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, as many in Hollywood are speaking up about the sexual assault and harassment he administered. In the song Lana sings “Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds, and it’s making me crazy.” However, other fans say they hear “ah he’s” instead of the name Harvey, especially as this is the lyric in the official lyric booklet.
In response, Lana said “When I wrote that song, I suppose I had a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston-type of character in mind. I envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something. I’m not really sure. I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now.”
With this in mind, Lana agreed to retire the song from her setlist, adding that it would be “the right thing to do.” She also stated: “I support the women who have come forward. I think they’re really brave for doing that.”
Today Lana Del Rey stopped by KROQ, an alternative rock radio station, to give an interview on The Kevin and Bean Show. In the interview, she spoke about her amazing fans, the new record, working with Stevie Nicks
Check out the highlights below, but be sure to check out the full interview here.
On handling fans saying her music saved her life
“It’s a big thing. I absorb it and I keep it. I take it in but I keep it light. I try and take the lightness from it. Music was a big part of my life when I was a teenager too, not that they’re all teenagers.”
On working with Stevie Nicks and if she was nervous
“Not at the time. Not when she came into the studio. I was more nervous than I thought I would be when she came in. I could totally call her. I have to say it’s one of these amazing career and life things where I do consider her a friend and I love her. You never really know with women how it’s going to go, but she just wanted to be there right away. She sent flowers after the track was done, got me a present for my birthday… it’s funny because she’s the one who’s so legendary but she’s the one who really put all the extra effort in and didn’t make anything hard clearance-wise.”
“She asked me to re-sing something, and then I got on the microphone in this booth I’m not usually in, because I usually just sing in the middle of the room, but I was trying to be professorial and do it in the booth. She just wanted me to do my ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ over and my first a was like [Lana sings a small out of tune ‘aahhhh’] and she didn’t say anything, and I said something stupid like ‘oh god that sounds so small next to your ahhs’ and she was like ‘it’s okay you can be my little echo.'”
On how Lust For Life differs from her previous records
“It felt different. I was glad that the general vibe of it didn’t end up being too different from the first few records I did. The melodies and the production were just following what I had been thinking about for the last year and a half. I thought I knew where the record was going and then 14 months into it, it took a turn for me stylistically so I wasn’t really sure where I was going to end up. But I really love it, I’ve got a couple of songs on there like ‘Coachella’ that I love the production for or a song called ‘Cherry’ – again I love the kind of bluesy vibe and the production, so I’m happy with where it went.”
On releasing unreleased songs which she first announced at Amoeba
“I might just release some of those songs because I love them.”
Lana Del Rey was recently interviewed by British newspaper The Sun, which was on newsstands on July 28. In the interview with Jacqui Swift, she talks about Donald Trump, feminism and her new record “Lust For Life” which The Sun gave five stars to.
Here is a snippet from the interview. Click here to read the entire interview online.
Her track God Bless America was influenced by Republicans’ attacks on women’s rights.
Lana says: “That is a great symbol of a song that is just about what the title says.
“At the time, I was thinking about the US where women were so vocal online and my friends in person.
“This was before the Women’s Marches and when there was some rhetoric being thrown around that everyone was uncomfortable with.
“What if they took away Planned Parenthood and birth control and shut down clinics?
“What are women supposed to do? So before the women’s marches started, I wrote that song very quickly and Rick loved it. It has really cool earth-tone keyboards on there. It feels like a good grounded song.”
Lana Del Rey is on the August cover of Complex. She had her interview with Complex’s chief content officer, but said she’d only do it under certain conditions.
She said on Instagram “I told complex I’d only do an on camera interview if it was in a dark bar filled with sailors, shot on a hand-held camera. They obliged, so here it is.” Lana also added “I’m awkward as fuck in it.”
You can purchase Lana’s cover as a poster on Complex’s website here.
You were living in New York when you put out Born to Die and I know that you went from being like normal New Yorker who rides the subway to Lana del Rey who’s on Page Six and is the subject of long thinkpieces in the Times.
That was fucked up. It just changed it. I remember I was working somewhere else and I was on my way back from there and I was getting on the 6 train, and TMZ was behind me the whole time.
On the train?
Yeah, I had run into this camera-man. It was the first time I had seen a paparazzi, but he wasn’t taking pictures, he was just filming. I don’t even know if I had ever seen that before ‘cause it’s someone with a VHS following you around.
Was he trying to talk to you?
Yeah, and I was answering and I sounded crazy. I went down and got my ticket, swiped it, waited for the train. I looked behind me, the guy had got a ticket too, and he was waiting too. I was like, Wait, is this real life? Honestly from then on one of those guys I had seen that day was just always there. I thought to myself, I think I gotta move somewhere.
Read the full interview here, or watch it below instead!
Whilst in London, Lana Del Rey stopped by the BBC Radio 1 studios to record an interview with Nick Grimshaw which premiered this morning at 7:50am BST on R1’s Breakfast Show.
You can read the first portion of the interview below, but be sure to head over to the BBC Radio 1 website to listen to Lana’s full interview. She appears around the 1h16m mark.
How was it returning to do a show here in London in the UK?
It was good. It was a lot for me. I made Born to Die in London, I spent years here. I did Glastonbury, I did my little set un Hull, but haven’t played in the middle of London for so long. I was kinda nervous but I love that venue. It was really fun and I saw so many faces I knew, kids I’ve seen over the last 5 years. I know them all, at least a good 25 of them.
You see them in the crowd whilst singing?
Yeah, we took the Eurostar from Paris to here and they were at the train station too. I knew who was coming.
Your fans are next level, really really dedicated. How is your interaction with your fans when you get off the train, off Eurostar. What is the one thing they always say to you?
They usually ask me about my hair. If I’ve changed the colour of it and they’ve got a lot of opinions about the height of it. So that’s usually the first thing.
What’s their preferred Lana Del Rey haircut?
High. Just really big.
It’s an iconic look. What do they want from you? Do they want a selfie, a video, an autograph? All of the above?
Do you have a go-to selfie face?
Does the UK feel different to anywhere else because you are huge all over the world? Whats different about the UK?
Yeah, it’s so different. It’s definitely probably my number 2 place that feels like home. That’s why I don’t always like to play, because it’s so weird. It’s like playing in New York. It’s too real. That being said I do think I’m going to do a couple of UK shows coming up. Hopefully in Liverpool and Glasgow in the next month.
People went crazy when you announced the (London) show and didn’t tickets go in 12 seconds?
Yeah that’s what they said.
So I imagine everyone in Liverpool and Glasgow right now are sat by a computer really nervously. You’ve got 23 second to do this guys, so good luck everybody.
Do you ever check Twitter after a show?
Yes. I couldn’t really do it the other night ’cause I just needed a minute, but yes sometimes I just wanna see pictures from it.
What is on your rider? I imagine now you can have whatever you want, you can push it.
yeah I do. I ask for a kettle and water and ginger.
Is that all you want?
Yeah… do we have anything else? Pizza. 6 kittens. 1 white horse.
So just the normal stuff. I heard one rumour that you like you own toilet which is an amazing rumour.
Yeah, well usually the bathrooms have full mirrors in them so I like to dance.
Public Appearances > 2017 > BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw in London, England (July 25)
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