From creating her Facebook page only late last year to topping charts around the world, Lorde has taken the world by storm. One of the most fascinating details about her sudden fame, though, is that Ella Yelich-O’Connor only just turned 17. While many of her peers are worried about prom and grades, Lorde is signing million-dollar deals and performing at sold-out venues. The young singer/songwriter recently sat down with The Guardian and discussed how this success is affecting her, an interesting and personal look into her current headspace. Read some of the highlights below, and check out the entire interview here.
On how the media perpetuates feuds
“It just seems so strange to me, the way the media pits girls against each other to make sure there’s always some battle like that going on [...] If one male singer was to make any kind of comment about another, it wouldn’t be a ‘cat fight’. It’s incredibly unsubtle: you can hear people trying to get their headline, and I’m getting good at saying, ‘I don’t know, what do you think?’ and they just sort of flounder. Nobody asks me about what male musicians I think about; I only ever get asked about females.”
On Kanye West’s influence on her
“I look to Kanye for inspiration in a lot of things, and his ability to kind of reinvent and keep throwing curveballs with each record. He’s able to keep things interesting, and keep people following him, after what has been quite a lengthy career.”
On her thoughts regarding being an artist with lasting power
“I’m very conscious of people having pretty short attention spans: I know, I’m guilty of it. I’m 17 now: what happens by the time I’m 21, am I a burn-out or something? Will they still listen to my record? [...] I thought that it would be a thing when they first heard about me, and then it would stop being a thing, but no [...] I’ve been in some situations where people have treated me like a fascinating toy. You know, it’s just like an interesting kind of fun thing to have a play with. It’s very weird for me. I feel like a tiny baby. But it’s all relative: when you’re my age in particular, every year feels like a massive change. The difference between 15 and 17 is colossal for everyone.”