Lana Del Rey

Самая модная новая артистка года Лана Дель Рей среди  источников своего вдохновения называет Дэвида Линча, саундтреки к фильмам 1950-х, черно-белое кино и скрип колеса обозрения на Кони-Айленд в Нью-Йорке.

10 октября на лейбле Stranger Records вышел  ее дебютный сингл  Video Games/Blue Jeans. На 30 января 2012 года намечен выпуск дебютного студийного альбома Born to Die. В интервью сайту pitchfork.com она с некоторым вызовом заявила, что никто даже не пытался что-либо поменять в ее музыке, потому что всем на все было наплевать. «Боссы индустрии думали только о том, как бы переспать со мной. Но сейчас не 1952 год,— говорит роскошная женщина с пышными губами, начинавшая свою карьеру в церковном хоре, — постель ничего не гарантирует».


You’re a huge Nirvana fan. How exited are you by the Nevermind reissue?
Well, I’d have to say I’m not that excited because I already have everything. Bootlegs? No, I have all the stuff regular people would. But I mean, on a scale of one to ten how excited am I about ever having heard them and loving them? Just off the charts. Come to think of it, the first music video I ever saw was “Heart-Shaped Box” on MTV when I was eleven. It wasn’t even the music at first, it was just him. [deep breath] Him is enough – totally. [smiles]. Two nights ago I watched Live At Reading, which I never saw [before]. I was sitting there watching it with my friend. It’s weird when you see something that you have never seen about someone you love. It’s like finding a gem. You don’t want it to end.

Can you recommend a good book?
Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – that will help you. I’m listening to audio books now. I’ve actually been listening to newscasts on this new movement in biology of creating human life through synthetic chemical compounds. I couldn’t believe that was really happening.

What’s the oddest request you’ve had from fans?
I’ve gotten strange messages. I’ve had people be really persistent – asking me where I’ll be all the time and can they come and just meet up. You know, you get it all. But it was kind of the same fanbase for a really long time since I was 17. I can honestly say it’s only in the last three months that there have been more people at all who have listened to me. There are new fans out of nowhere, which is strange. I’ve gotten poetry – it’s good too. Are there lots of “sweater / better” rhymes? No, that’s all me. [laughs] I can’t believe that’s the one you like.

What was the first hip-hop record you became obsessed with?
The first Biggie Smalls track that I really loved I would say, just like everyone else, was “Juicy”. I realised what cool was. I wasn’t that young – I was 15 and my best friend at school, who is still my best friend today, was actually my teacher. He was a white English teacher who played basketball and listened to hip-hop. I didn’t know what everyone thought was cool. He played Biggie Smalls for me in his car. I didn’t really know that there was that space for storytelling in songs. I thought, “Everything I thought I could do, I was right about.” You could keep it really smart. Some of the people I met were pretty traditional and I was [already] singing some sort of weird things pretty young.

The video for “Kinda Outta Luck” features a number of well-dressed men. What should every man have in their wardrobe?
I guess it does – I’ve never thought about that! That’s a good question. I go for almost everything because I’m jumping worlds a lot. I like a good suit – Scott-Disick style. I like the whole pocket-square style but I also like getting back to basics – the wife-beater and jeans.

What’s the most important item on your rider?
I don’t have a rider. [giggles] I’m not that demanding. In New York I pretty much live in diners – I order French Fries, Diet Coke floats and lots of coffee. In New York, The Waverly is a good place to be if you want to relax because of its big, sparkly red booths.

Have you ever fired a gun?
Only a few times. I’m much worse than I thought. My uncle takes me to the shooting range sometimes – just a rifle and a handgun. It’s really loud too. Last time the shells were flicking back and skimming my face – I thought, “Jesus Christ!” I think if I was a little stronger I’d get into it.

How many tattoos do you have?
I only have one. [reveals small design on her hand] It was scarily unpainful. I looked away and then looked back and it was there. I thought, “You can do a lot of bad things in one second that you can’t take back.” I did it five years ago. I think by the time I die I’ll only have one more.

What music do you love that would surprise people?
I don’t have that many guilty pleasures because I don’t like that many things. It’s hard to say what people think of you – my tastes haven’t changed. I’ve listened to the same thing since I was 15. I’ve been listening to film scores lately because that calms me down. Particularly Thomas Newman’s score for American Beauty – it’s just sick.

You’re up on the ceiling covered in roses?
Yeah, in my mind! [laughs]

How important is religion to you?
Like so many people, they always state the difference between faith and religion. The faith that I’ve come to find is a science of my own through lots of trials and errors. I’ve been through so many different walks of life that I’ve needed to ask a lot of questions that no human power can answer. I’ve had to seek a lot of guidance. I’ve had to pray a lot because I’ve been in trouble a lot. But it’s not until you do that that you realise there are answers out there to be found.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To thine own self be true. Seek and ye shall find. There’s a science to prayer, I would say. I think sometimes when you’re really faced with a huge life dilemma or problem and you’ve turned to every sort of thing for answers, sometimes the last resort is to pray and to put out a question to the universe in your mind. Even when you put your question out there, you ask that invisible whoever “What do I do?” you sort of get answers; you forget the problem all over again.

Who, in your opinion, is overrated?
I wouldn’t answer that even if I knew! Everyone? [laughs] I can think of many people. As Fran Lee said, “Just because you feel entitled to share your life with everyone doesn’t mean you should do so.” [pauses, smiles] Such a bitchy thing to say…


Photo by Nicole Nodland

December 17, 2011