Whilst Lana Del Rey was in Switerzland for her performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Moon and Stars Festival, she was kind enough to give a short interview with Dominik Hug from news and entertainment website Blick.
The interview, which can be read below, is Lana’s first interview in 5 months. It is very roughly translated into English from German.
BLICK: You rarely give interviews. Why?
LANA: Because I have been misunderstood in the past too often. I prefer to let the music speak for me and I hope it will tell you more than I could with my personal opinions.
You used to be be really nervous during performances? Is that still true today?
Not anymore. My life revolves around music so concerts feel very natural now.
You have given concerts all over the world. Where is the most beautiful?
I love coastal cities, either Monaco or Portofino in Italy. I also really like Montreux where I performed on Thursday. Lake Geneva is gorgeous. I am happy that I can visit some of the most beautiful places on earth during this tour: Athens, St-tropez and now, of course, Locarno.
How do you spend your time when you’re not on tour?
I write songs. I work at home usually with one producer, Rick Nowels. He lives near the beach. During the breaks, I go swimming. Or I visit the different towns on the southern coast of California. I also really like to go to concerts. At least once a week I’m in Los Angeles choosing a group I want to hear and going to their concert.
What inspires you?
Happiness in any form. But the most inspiring is complete freedom and the opportunity to live the way I want. I spend a lot of time in nature, such as mountain hiking, going to the theatre or poetry readings. I love creative people. As soon as I have an idea for a song, I almost immediately write it down in my phone. Then I take it to the producer and sing it to him acapella.
What would your life be like today, if you didn’t have a breakthrough with “Video Games»” in 2012?
I remember exactly when I decided that I wanted to be a singer. I was in college, we went to the Indian reservation. That day I realized that I had only two options: either making music or volunteering for a good cause. I chose the first option. If it did not work, I would probably do social work in any small town.
What has changed since you became famous?
I can not go out alone as often. This is sometimes annoying. But I can do what I love: singing and earning a living at it.
When are you happiest?
When I’ve just finished a great tour and can work on a new album again. I love to turn ideas into reality, to transform words into the composition. But I also have a life outsides of music that fulfills me: I see friends, enjoy a late summer evening going out for dinner with them.
Where do you see yourself in 30 years?
If only I knew! But I’ll definitely someday return to Switzerland to visit Montreux and Locarno again. These places are wonderful.