The talented and successful Lorde has opened up to the world in an editorial piece penned entirely by the 16-year-old mega star, in which she addresses her rise to fame and her debut album Pure Heroine, coming off level-headed and devastatingly charming.
Just how a 16-year-old from New Zealand can go on to break not just one music industry record, but multiple, as she dethrones public meltdown-ing celebrities along the way, seems to have captured the attention of the masses and Lorde’s piece covers it all.
It didn’t take long for the biz to rear its ugly head for the young star, who opens with a story of one record label exec who commented to a colleague during her first American performance, “Lots of zeroes.” This cemented her status as “hirsute, statistical brilliance.”
Lorde doesn’t shy away from the reality of the situation, making it out to be just as awesome as we all probably thought it would be. “At the time of you reading this I’ll be in another country, on another stage, or in a car with my head out the window, or laughing in the aisle seat of a plane” describing the good times as “moments where everything feels slow motion, full colour, sweet.”
One such moment was her last-minute performance at Splendour In The Grass 2013, she writes:
“It was in that kind of hazy, crisp period of the newest night, that cool air just touching me…I sang, and I loved it so much. I felt like all those people in their bright colours were flowers I could walk through, or this great lapping ocean I could leap from the stage into and swim, it stretching out as far as I could see. I felt five metres tall. Things like that, for me, make everything worth it.”
Despite being green to the industry, Lorde seems to have a firm grasp of how the decisions she makes now will affect her career later, writing:
“If I’d granted every sandwich chain and skincare brand and coming-of-age blockbuster use of my songs, I’d probably be a millionaire. But I’m extremely fussy. A while ago I watched a clip of Patti Smith (eternal queen of cool in my eyes) relayed this thing William S. Burroughs had said to her. He said, “Build a good name for yourself, because eventually that will become your currency.”
That has always stuck with me, and every step that I’ve taken since I signed my development deal has been to ensure I am exactly who I want to be, perceived how I’d like to be perceived. Like I said, this isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
Lorde’s debut album dropped just last Friday, 27th September and has already climbed to the top of the ARIA charts, which were officially announced this Saturday, 5th October. Her first-ever run of headlining Australian tour dates will kick off in a matter of weeks.
You can read the full editorial here.