Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is sixteen going on seventeen, but she’s not some naive little kid. But, let’s be real, she is a kid.
The New Zealand singer-songwriter was born in 1996 and admitted in an exclusive on-air interview with DJ Booker at AMP Radio (a Radio.com station) that she’d never heard of Hootie and the Blowfish and Stone Temple Pilots, both signed by Jason Flom, the same major label record exec who helped boost Lorde’s career in the United States. Something Flom takes a little bit of offense to.
When Booker compared Lorde to ‘90s rock royalty, Alanis Morissette though she took the comparison with a sense of pride, but says she doesn’t listen to a lot of music from the decade. Instead her playlist is filled with a lot of electronic music, a lot of hip-hop and your standard pop music. “I love that new Miley [Cyrus] song. She’s killing it,” Lorde said. “That and ‘Royals’ are really close on iTunes. It’s just so good, man.”
Considering Lorde was recently insulted by Cyrus’ fans via social media after nabbing the No. 1 spot from the “Wrecking Ball” singer, Lorde has a good sense of humor about the whole thing. When they called her “eyes too far apart,” Lorde retweeted it. “They’re right,” she said in the interview.
“I don’t care at all,” she confessed. “It’s just one of those weird things that comes along with the internet, I guess. It’s alright.”
When asked about her breakout hit, “Royals,” the singer admitted that the songwriting process was pretty easy.
“Lyrically, I wrote it super fast. I was just at home on a Saturday or something and wrote it in like half an hour, an hour,” Lorde said. “And it didn’t even end up getting rearranged that much. The bridge was the only part I wrote afterward, and then it took us kind of a few days in the studio figuring it out. Yeah, it was swift, I guess.”
In regards to her debut full-length, Pure Heroine (out Sept. 30, but currently streaming online), Lorde confessed to disliking one of the songs, but wouldn’t say which one. She did own up to loving the song “Ribs,” which is about “getting old and rites of passage and being a teen and all that kind of stuff.”
“It’s cool because at the time I was quite stressed about this thing,” she said. “And so I combated it by making this song super warm sounding and comforting sonically, which is nice. I like it.”
Since Lorde is still young, her two-year trajectory is limited to “having a good time” and “making some cool music.” Which, considering what she’s done in the last few years of her life, isn’t very limited at all.
–Nadia Noir, KROQ-FM