December 15, 2013

hey, i'm Lorde! AMA!

heyy! i'll be answering questions here for the next hour. if you haven't heard of me, this should give you all the info http://imgur.com/5HEmxZB

twitter proof: https://twitter.com/lordemusic/status/412323036541353984

edit: thanks heaps you guys! let's do this again after my record company stresses out because i didn't include the pure heroine itunes link hehehehe. have an awesome christmas :--)

welcome to reddit!


(ps I also drew you as a sloth )

i feel like a bit of a big deal right now. THANKS SHITTY WATERCOLOUR!

I loved how the Tennis Court video was shot in one take! How many tries did it take you before you got it right?

thanks! there's a funny story about that video - we actually shot a completely different concept, and the video you know was going to have little one-second extracts pulled from it to go into the video we were making. but i thought the version we ended up going with was a million times more compelling. maybe took 3 takes?

Will you be performing at any major festivals in North America in 2014?


My roommate and I have noticed that you talk about teeth a lot on your album. Why is that?

just a weird obsession that has been with me always. ironically, i hate dentists.

She's been to the dentist enough times to know the drill.

what can i say? the whole experience hit a nerve.

What songs off the album do you really wanna do a video for? BUZZCUT SEASON seriously deserves one, hope you won't let that slip!

can't decide between ribs, 400 lux and buzzcut. feel free to decide for me, reddit

What shampoo do you use

my mum buys it in 2-litre bottles from the supermarket i don't even know

Do you regret going into the music industry so young?

actually, no. i feel like i learnt early on how things worked and that gave me a good understanding of what could be fucked with/which rules were dumb and shouldn't have to be followed. plus, i can sit down with basically the most intimidating people in the industry and not flinch. and maybe even make them flinch. or cry. heh.

I don’t have a question but I just wanted to say, well, thank you. Your music gets into my soul like no other artist can. Your voice is infectious, your lyrics are brilliant, and the way you and Joel use panning, layering, harmonies, beats, just absolutely everything blows my mind. God, I could go on forever about it all. Oh, and your recognition? All done without exploiting yourself, buying into random ads, or having previous connections? That’s as pure as talent can be. You deserve every bit of fame you get.

Also I’ve been listening to No Better on repeat for the past 3 hours, it’s seriously bomb-ass. Please never stop making music.

thankyou, lovely person.

Yeah but which one?

the one with the luscious hair WAIT A SECOND

Have you ever met Ezra Koenig?

yep, he used the word 'schwag' without blinking and i taught him the meaning of the word rude as in those are some rude-ass pajamas you wore onstage tonight, man

I heard that back in Nicaragua in '68 she killed twelve men in six minutes with a broken beer bottle and a bar stool.

the broken bottle is hearsay

Are you planning on finishing school?

not sure yet! obviously it's hard at the moment, although i do read theses/academic writing from teachers regularly. i read this cool thing jennifer lawrence said the other day about learning about the world through books vs. her real world experience, and i'm definitely feelin that right now. but maybe that's just a lazy person's excuse

Liked your performance back in 06 on the Eurovision.

You look better without the mask!

ha ho ho my sides

She said on her Reddit that merch was in the process of being made, but I'd like a status report.

merch is coming! it's simple and beautiful. will feature embroidery. i'll show you soon

Hi Lorde. Congratulations on your success so far, it's well-deserved. My question is: have you thus far experienced much of New Zealand's ridiculous 'tall poppy syndrome', i.e. where people seem to expect you to be meek and humble regardless of the effort it's taken to get to where you are?

yeah, definitely, although the majority of nzers have been great. i think some of that is because i'm a girl though, watch this amazing nicki minaj clip about it: http://www.upworthy.com/watch-nicki-minaj-casually-dismantle-sexism-while-applying-her-eyeliner

Are you confident in your stage performance? I know people have criticized the way you perform, how do you respond to that?

i know when i'm onstage, i don't think about how it looks, i just concentrate on really feeling what i hear. but i totally know i look like gollum when i perform, so it's cool.

Have you seen the cover of Royals by Puddles the Clown? It's brilliant!


What is your favorite(s) book and movie?

favourite book is a tie between: what we talk about when we talk about love - raymond carver the night in question - tobias wolff everything ravaged, everything burned - wells tower battleborn - claire vaye watkins

and favourite film is probably a tie between take shelter fight club willy wonka and the chocolate factory (1971 version)

[No question]

thanks heaps you guys! let's do this again after my record company stresses out because i didn't include the pure heroine itunes link hehehehe. have an awesome christmas :--)

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Lorde conducted on Reddit on 2013-12-15. The Reddit AMA can be found here.