David Safar from Minnesota’s ‘The Current’ radio station recently interviewed Lana Del Rey about ‘glamourized paranoia and her love of Father John Misty and Miss Nina Simone.’
Below is only the beginning of the interview, however you can click here to read and/or listen to it in full.
David Safar: It was just last year that you released Ultraviolence. Was there a sense of urgency to get back into the studio?
Lana Del Rey: Yeah, a little bit, but I don’t really know why. I think it’s just a personal thing. I felt like I had a couple of songs that I had been working on while I was mixing Ultraviolence, which took a really long time. I just wanted to see if I could start making another record. I guess whenever you put out record I guess it’s a good time to work on something new because you don’t really have any pressure.
You’re past your debut and your sophomore releases, you’ve worked with many different artists and you’ve toured. What made Honeymoon different?
I was glad to be past that second record. [laughs] It was fun. I worked with this guy that I love. He’s been my producer for a really long time. His name is Rick Nowels. I got to go in [the studio] every day and see some things I had been working on or start something new. Early on I wanted to have [Honeymoon] to have a little bit of a noire feel so I loved the title track “Honeymoon.” I guess it kind of loosened up a little bit as I went forward with songs like “Freak” and “Art Deco.”
Rick Nowels has worked with everybody from Tupac to Madonna to Jamie xx. What’s your connection to Rick and what does he bring to your music?
One of the reasons I like Rick so much is because a lot of producers, when they get into the studio with an artist, they want to challenge them or they want to break them down and build them back up again. I find that really unhelpful. Rick always says yes and he’s really fluid. If I’m stuck with an idea lyrically and want to say, “Screw it!” and move on, he doesn’t care. We move on to a new idea. He’s very easy. He contributes a lot in terms of – I mean, he plays everything. All the keyboard parts, all the guitar. He’s pretty amazing.
Each album of yours has a distinct narrative and you’re able to adopt that narrative and thread it throughout the entire album. What was your intention with the narrative of Honeymoon?
I do love records that have a strong concept. The narrative for [Honeymoon], it was a tribute to Los Angeles and, because of the soundcaping — we had a lot of amazing strings — I think the mood was the narrative. It’s a lot of descriptive pieces about driving at night or being in love, not being in love. Kind of the same old thing.
“I feel so lucky to keep on building up a discography that I really love.”
On September 22, Lana Del Rey performed three songs from her new record ‘Honeymoon’ on BBC Radio 1. Lana was also interviewed by Huw Stephens who described her music as “otherworldly.”
At the Maida Vale Studios for the performance, Lana was joined by her incredibly talented band; Byron Thomas (Mr Bironic), Tom Marsh and Blake Lee. Lana explained that sometimes Blake just plays some melodies and that’s how some songs on ‘Ultraviolence’ were born, namely ‘Cruel World’ and ‘Pretty When You Cry.’
They played ‘High By the Beach,’ ‘Terrence Loves You’ and ‘Honeymoon.’
The session (interview included) is available to listen to until October 22nd.
Click here to listen!
“I think the word (Honeymoon) is kind of I don’t know, it symbolizes the ultimate, most romantic experience you could have!”
This Sunday, September 20, Lana Del Rey‘s interview with Virgin Radio France was broadcast for the very first which is available to listen to below.
During the interview, Lana discusses her new (‘Honeymoon’) and previous (‘Ultraviolence’) records, working with The Weeknd, whether she’ll record a song in French and more.
More photos from the radio interview have also been added to the gallery so be sure to check them out:
Candids > 2015 > Visiting Virgin Radio to promote ‘Honeymoon’ in PAris, France (September 17)
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Catch me if you can / Working on my tan / Salvatore
Dying by the hand / Of a foreign man / Happily
Calling out my name / In the summer rain / Ciao amore
‘Salvatore’ by Lana Del Rey is Huw Stephens (in for Annie Mac)’s Hottest Record In The World which he debuted on BBC Radio 1 on September 15.
After playing the song, Lana appeared for a brief interview to reveal her favourite vinyl artworks, if she should get into acting and more.
Click here to listen to it in case the player doesn’t work.
Urban Outfitters recently held a listening party for Lana Del Rey‘s Honeymoon across all of their stores in the states. And now they have presented us with an interview titled “About a Band: Lana Del Rey.”
You can read the interview below:
What was the biggest learning you took from Ultraviolence—be it writing, recording, or touring—and applied to Honeymoon?
I think the biggest lesson I learned was there’s never a wrong time to write. Sometimes it takes years to make a record, and sometimes you write something right after you’ve released a record, but you’re crazy not to take advantage of the lyrical muse if it comes to you. Also, to not second-guess the direction that a record naturally takes itself—or a title for the record—if it presents itself to you.
What was the most memorable part of recording Honeymoon?
I have so many fond memories of recording this record, mostly because I love the producer I recorded it with, Rick Nowels. I guess just being able to go back-and-forth from the beach to the studio, and taking my time with the production, and mixing over the last 12 months—plus lots of early-morning coffee and vocal sessions.
What’s your secret to building a cohesive narrative on your record?
My secret is how much I love to sing. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to be able to do my favorite thing every day. It can get tiring trying to build a cohesive world if a lot of people looking in on it don’t really see how it all fits together—but with me, it usually works out in the end. For me, it’s never been about sales; it’s about the vibe, and everyone I work with on the records gets that.
Ok, so someone’s picked up a copy of Honeymoon—where should they immediately go to listen to the album? Is there an ideal location?
[Laughs], If they get the vinyl, maybe in their bedroom, if they have a vinyl player. Or in their living room next to a fire, since it’s almost going to be October. If they have it on their phone or on a CD, they could listen to it in the car while they’re driving down a long highway with the training of Truck Driving.
Your music videos are always works of art in and of themselves. What’s the one music video by another artist that has had the biggest impact on you?
Probably “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana.
What are three things you always pack to take with you on tour?
My favorite jeans, my favorite leather jacket, and my record player.
Now that you’ve finished recording the album, what is the music you’re listening to?
I listen mostly to a radio station based out of Long Beach called K Jazz, and the Beach Boys and Connie Francis.
Whether it’s soundtracking a movie or modeling for a brand, how do you decide which outside projects to be involved in?
I try to only do things I’m interested in. It hasn’t been that hard in the last few years because I’ve had so many great opportunities. I was really excited when I was talking to Disney about singing the song for Maleficent.
You’ve toured with some incredible women, from Courtney Love to Grimes. What’s been the favorite thing you’ve learned from them while on the road?
Well, the thing I really loved about Courtney was she was up for anything. She’s played a lot of shows before [and] made a lot of great music, but she’s a real performer through and through. I always felt like she played each show like it was going to be her last, and gave everything she had to the audience. In that way, she was really inspirational to watch. Grimes is amazing, too, because she’s so eclectic and does so much by herself.
Don’t forget to pre-order to limited edition UO Honeymoon vinyl here.