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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Whilst at Lollapalooza in Paris, Lana Del Rey was photographed and interviewed backstage for Le Parisien magazine. Le Parisien is out today in France so be sure to pick up your copy!
Below are some quotes from the interview. Thank you to EIenore for sharing!
“There has been terrible words pronounced in the White House lately about women’s rights.”
“I receive many gifts from my fans – I don’t keep everything but I keep all of the letters. I could make an album out of them”
“I remember all the bad critics in 2011, and I also remember all my fans, all those faces who have been supporting me.”
“I have always been understood by France, since the beginning, with the journalists. I have wonderful memories at Olympia”
Photoshoots > 2017 > For Le Parisien Magazine at Lollapalooza Paris by Philippe Lavieille
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Lana Del Rey was recently interviewed by Annah Björk for Swedish magazine Bon. In the interview, Lana talks about moving towards happiness, her new music and why feminism makes her feel uncomfortable. Enjoy the complete English translation below.
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Hi Annah, how are you? It’s Lana Del Rey. It’s morning in California.
Good morning Lana! I’m good, how are you? It’s nice talking to you again, I interviewed you in 2012.
Oh, wow. Really?
Yes, on the phone. You were in Paris.
Yeah, I remember now. In that hotel room… Yeah. That was a long time ago.
What has happened since we last spoke?
Everything has just been very fantastic. When you’ve only released one album you don’t know what to expect, so I think it’s very cool that I’ve also had the chance to do both Ultraviolence and Honeymoon.
What’s been the biggest change since then?
Well, I’ve moved to California. I didn’t live here then. But I really like it and I’ve really made myself comfortable in Los Angeles now.
You have a big smile on the cover of Lust for Life. Does that mean Lana Del Rey is… happy now?
No more sad girl?
Let’s just say that it’s always in progress. But it’s true I have a lot of things in my life that makes me excited. I love my work and what I do. I also have a lot of time to go out and hang out with my friends. So, let’s say I’ve become more rooted.
Tell me more about the idea of smiling on the cover.
My little sister took the picture, just like she’s taken most of my pictures. We both agreed that we wanted to capture a new feeling — while alluding to the first album. We shot it in front of a white truck, and the picture has a spark in it that I like.
Following you through the music, and the long music videos and movies, is like entering a fantasy world. Would you say the smile is a part of the story you’re telling through Lana Del Rey? You know, from Born to Die to Lust for Life.
There’s no answer to that question yet. I don’t really know how the story of Lana Del Rey ends or where it’s heading. I’m really creating it as I go along. But I know that the first songs I wrote for the album were Love, Lust for Life, and another song that didn’t make the record. The intention was to bring a new playfulness into the music, to make something a little lighter; not just low, muddy, and bass. I wanted to move on.
I feel like I’m moving forward and exploring new things. A part of that meant inviting some friends to be on the record. I brought ASAP and The Weeknd over to my house to make some stuff together, and all of that was super cool. But before inviting people to the house, make sure to get a service for rat exterminator for rats in the attic. If you are looking for rat removal for rat infestations On Point Wildlife Removal in Melbourne is your go to source in Florida. Rat infestations in an attic can leave a big mess. Rats gnaw wires that can cause home and business fires. Rats are also carries of many diseases that humans and pets can contract.
But I’ve also made some new friends, Sean Lennon and Stevie Nicks. The two of them really embodied the idea I had for the record. Sean Lennon is pure love, and Stevie Nicks is powerful music personified — she’s SO cool.
The Sean Lennon duet has a lot of John Lennon harmonies. Did you write that song before or after you asked Sean if he wanted to be on it?
Yes, it’s full of Lennon influences. You know the part where I sing ”Lay lady lay, on this side of paradise…”, I think that’s, like, a straight up Beatles-chord progression, but I’m not sure. Anyway, it was when I wrote that part of ”We could turn on the radio, play our favorite song, Lennon and Yoko, we could play all day long”, that I realized this song was meant for Sean.
Did you record it together?
No, he lives far up north in the country. I called Sean and he was super happy. He told me he was looking for a new project, and that his girlfriend liked my records. So that part was pretty easy. Tomorrow Never Came is the only song I wrote that I’m not sure where it came from, not the chords or anything. It just wrote itself.
What is the song Change about?
It’s about feeling like you have to change on many different levels. First of all, that something has to change in the world. In the first verse, I sing ”There’s something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in”, and in the second verse I sing that it’s ”on the wings of a song”. When I express my thoughts about change through lyrics and music, it can be about North Korea launching missiles or whatever. But it can also be directed inwards. So in the second verse I make it personal, when it’s about being stable, strong, and secure, and not looking for new discoveries when I don’t even have my shit together.
I feel like Change is very political, which is a new direction for you. What made you want to go in that direction?
Yeah, but those are the times we’re living in. Like I say in the song, ”There’s a change gonna come, I don’t know where or when, but whenever it’s here, we’ll be here for it”. I want to be involved in igniting a spark; a spark that’s the beginning of the end of what’s happening in our country right now. I want to be part of the conversation and make way. I don’t necessarily believe that I will be a catalyst for that change, but I’ll definitely be here when it comes — and be part of it.
When I ask her if the song God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It is a feminist song, Lana Del Rey becomes noticeably uncomfortable. At first she’s quiet, and then she answers cautiously, as if she’s afraid she’s about to fall into a trap.
Yes… Yeah, probably. I guess so. I mean it’s not, not a feminist song. But I… (sighs) I always get uncomfortable when I’m asked that question, since I’m not exactly associated with it… THAT word. On my last albums I’ve been singing about my own experiences, and maybe they’ve not always been the most empowering for women… But I’m in a different place in my life now, especially considering the changes we’re going through here in America. And I’d be more than happy if I could be more open and sing about other women I know. Or to be supportive of women in general.
I don’t want to put my music in to genres; it’s just my music. But I’m not unhappy with calling it a feminist song, it’s just that I know what other people will say about that. You know, I can just see it; they’ll say ”Yeah yeah, I know what she’s trying to do, turning a new leaf and so on”. But I think feminism comes naturally if you only observe what’s happening around the world… It’s just common sense.
Lana Del Rey was recently interviewed by Pitchfork. She talks about her past and present albums including their lyrics and her transformation to a happier self. She also touches on criticism, fans and more.
Here is a preview of the interview. Click here to read the full interview.
Pitchfork: A few years ago you were singing lyrics like “I have nothing much to live for,” and now you’re smiling on the cover of Lust for Life. How’d you get to a happier place?
Lana Del Rey: I made personal commitments.
Commitments to what?
Well, they’re personal. [laughs] I had some people in my life that made me a worse person. I was not sure if I could step out of that box of familiarity, which was having a lot of people around me who had a lot of problems and feeling like that was home base. Because it’s all I know. I spent my whole life reasoning with crazy people. I felt like everyone deserved a chance, but they don’t. Sometimes you just have to step away without saying anything.
Your past albums often presented a claustrophobic universe made up of just you and one other person, but all of a sudden it’s like you’ve got your eyes wide open and you’re looking at the world around you.
Developmentally, I was in the same place for a very long time, and then it just took me longer than most people to be able to be more out there. Being more naturally shy, it’s taken stretching on my part to just continue to integrate into the local community, global community, to grow as a person. Also, getting really famous doesn’t help you grow with the community. It’s important to have your own life. It’s hard with how accessible things are. Hacking? Email is just a no for me. I do a lot to make sure I don’t feel trapped.
Your fans are famously obsessive. Do they ever cross the line?
They fucking have. Someone stole both my cars which thankfully were covered by a Motor Trade Insurance from i4MT. All the scary shit. I’ve had people in my house for sure, and I didn’t know they were there while I was there. I fucking called the police. I just want to disappear and move to other city with monthly truck rental chicago il because i don’t know what to do. I locked the door. Obviously, that’s the one in one-hundred-thousand people who’s crazy. But I [had a hard time sleeping] for a minute. Another type of insurances that she constantly uses are these Motor Trade Trends so she can easily sell her cars or buy new ones.
Fame can be isolating, but you are making a real effort to not let it be.
It’s going to be isolating. Period. Unless you stretch past it. But it takes so much footwork. Getting over the uncomfortability of being the one person in the room who everyone recognizes. The last few years, I’m out all the time: clubs, bars, shows. For years I was more quietly in the mix, always through the back door, do not tell anyone I’m coming. And now I’ve relaxed into it where I’ll just show up. I don’t need a special ticket. I’ll just go sit wherever. It feels a little more like I’m myself again.
Ms. Del Rey, her debut album five years ago was called “Born To Die”, the new “Lust For Life”. Document the album titles where you are in your life?
Lana Del Rey: Yes. I have developed well, as far as overall happiness is concerned. I am still on the road, and growth and chaos will continue to accompany me through life. And yet I feel the change. I have more fun in life than years ago.
Is it in your new song “Change” to these changes?
Del Rey: That’s right “Change” is the last song I wrote for this album. The four words I sung in the chorus basically say everything: honest, capable, beautiful and stable. So I will be. My whole life is shaped by this search, the search to be somewhere to be part of something. In this way I have made a good progress.
What are you up to?
Del Rey: My behavior. And my dealings with people. I have become a lot more relaxed and open. Certainly more self-assured. At the beginning I was very anxious. I often did not know what people were expecting. I watched violently, lived like under a bell that everyone wanted to see.
Del Rey: People were more suspicious of me than many other artists. “Video Games”, my first single, has been totally polarized, I still do not know exactly why, so I had a long time feeling a foot in the door, but I do not have a safe stand in the music world It is no coincidence that I invited more musicians to the new record.
Like Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, who sings with “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.”
Del Rey: Stevie is a friend of my producer Rick Nowels, she was so great, I would call her a girlfriend, Stevie has been playing music for fifty years , Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the whole sound of that time, I love him idolatry, and since I’ve been living in LA, I’m looking for something new Always after other musicians, at all other people, to the same way.
Have you already met many fans of Sixties and Seventies Pop?
Del Rey: In the meantime, I’ve set up a fantastic group of friends in Los Angeles that shares this passion. Father John Misty and his wife Emma Tillman are among them. Or Miles Kane and Alex Turner, the two guys of The Last Shadow Puppets. We are such a small folk community. We radiate this Laurel Canyon feeling, which I like so much.
Sean Lennon is also on the record, in the song “Tomorrow Never Came.”
Del Rey: I tell the song of my ideal of a relationship, the song is one of the few on the album, not mine I do not know what to do, but I do not know what to do with it I appreciate his music very much.
When did you last dance naked on the “H” of the Hollywood sign of LA, as you describe it in “Lust for Life,” a duet with Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd?
Del Rey (laughs): Not at all, that’s full. You do not even come up with a ladder. But close by are a few cool cafes and the Beachwood Canyon, where there are wonderfully quiet, hidden corners.
Her and the voice of The Weeknds fit perfectly together.
Del Rey: Thank you. Chemistry is right between us. Abel was one of the first to post the clip to “Video Games” in 2011, I looked for him and we became friends.
They revealed in an interview a few weeks ago that Donald Trump had a witch curse. Has it shown any effect?
Del Rey (laughs): You do not know. All we now experience with him, we already know from the election campaign. He actually does as much as ever. That is why I am afraid the curse has not yet worked. I would like to have a peaceful, easy time, for example, in the song “Coachella (Woodstock On My Mind”), where it is only the golden hippie season, instead there are threatening scenarios and Trump is pouring more and more oil To the fire He said a few things about which women should really be frightened, I just hope that nothing goes wrong seriously in the next three and a half years.