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.
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.
James Franco interviewed Lana Del Rey for V Magazine where they discussed her new album ‘Honeymoon’ and the criticisms she faces.
Another topic that was brought up was Lana’s infamous feminism quote from Fader magazine, which she explains further.
Huffington Post has brought us an inside look into the interview with V.
On her ‘anti-feminism’ quote: “Some people listen to music and they don’t really think about it too much further than that they like to hear it in the car. Some people listen to it and they think, ‘God, that’s appalling, I’m not going to let my daughter listen to that.’ The luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, ‘I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future.’ It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area. I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m standing at the forefront of new technological movements. I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.”
On receiving criticism for her music: “First of all, when you’re writing a record alone, you don’t really think about the effect your music is going to have on other people. I’m not really the type of person to condone any behavior that would end up being harmful to anyone else but at the same time I’m not going to limit my lyrical content to things that don’t really relate to me or sing about things just because they rhyme.”
On naming her album Honeymoon: “‘Honeymoon.’ I guess it’s the word that sums up the ultimate dream. I mean, life is a honeymoon, y’know? Life, love, paradise, freedom…that’s forever. With someone, or just with yourself. It just felt right, kind of the way Ultraviolence felt right before that, when I had a little more rage [laughs]. I love the concept that life is a dream and you curate your own space so that it becomes your heaven. It’s all contingent upon your state of mind, which is why I don’t always do interviews—because it puts me in a bad fucking mood. I really try and keep my world beautiful but it’s tricky. We’re at a point in time when life truly can be what you want it to be.”
Del Rey also appears on the glossy’s cover, which was shot by photographer Steven Klein and left totally unretouched.
Don’t forget to grab your copy of V when it hits stands on September 10. Alternatively, pre-order it here.
Lana Del Rey premiered ‘High By The Beach’ during an interview for Apple Music’s show ‘Beat 1’ this Monday, August 10, live with Zane Lowe. Make sure you listen and watch everything below!
Direct link here!
Writer/Producer Rick Nowels was recently interviewed by Songwriter Universe where he discussed many things including working with Lana Del Rey.
Nowels has worked with Lana on co-writing multiple songs of hers on “Born to Die” and “Ultraviolence.” He also co-wrote and produced the hit single “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby film and soundtrack.
Below is the part of the interview where Nowels talks about Lana.
DK: It’s very impressive that you’re now having success with one of today’s big stars, Lana Del Rey. How did you hook up with her, and what makes your collaboration work so well?
Nowels: I had seen Lana’s videos when I lived in England in 2010. I knew she had a vision. When we moved back to L.A., Anne Zogby in my manager’s office asked me if I wanted to meet her. I said “of course”. When we met, she was living out of a suitcase between London, New York and Los Angeles, collaborating with different people. She didn’t have a record deal yet, so she had a lot of songs with different writers. I felt completely simpatico with her vision. I love and understand the records that inspired her. The first song we wrote was called “TV in Black & White”. The second song we wrote was “Summertime Sadness”. I felt it was a career song. I realized she was an amazing songwriter and lyricist. When we were recording the song, we wrote “Dark Paradise” in-between takes of “Summertime Sadness”…literally recording one and writing another. It was a very exciting time. That album became Born To Die, which has become an iconic album. I think it has sold 8 million to date.
We continued to write together and wrote “Cola”, “American” and “Body Electric” on Born To Die: The Paradise Edition. I’m really proud of those songs. I love that Lana quotes Walt Whitman. Five of our songs were recorded for the Ultraviolence album. “West Coast” was the first single, and “Shades of Cool” was the second single. She is a one of a kind artist and keeps growing. She’s such a natural writer and singer and has a real vision for who she is and what she wants to put out into the world. I think she will be a future legend.