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.
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