During an interview with radio station Sirius XM, Lana Del Rey explained how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana had left an impression on her as an artist:
“When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing Heart Shaped Box on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.”
“I never revisited his music again until I was about 17 or 18, and then when I did, it still meant just as much to me then. It’s continued to be my primary … inspiration – in terms of not wanting to compromise lyrically or sonically,” she added.
Quizzed on how she attuned co-songwriters to her desired musical direction, she said:
“I talk a lot about Thomas Newman’s score for American Beauty. That was a soundtrack I really was inspired by. Think Thomas Newman’s score for American Beauty meets early Bruce Springsteen ‘sex Americana’. Put them together, but place it in Miami and have me singing it. That’s what I tell them.”