1. So you’re only 16-years-old, when did you realize that music was what you wanted to pursue?

Well, I guess I am quite young and I think not every kid knows what they want to do at such a young age, but I think when I was about 12 or 13 I was really into music as a hobby and then I started with my co-writer and there was a point then that I realised I can’t see myself doing anything else.

2. You truly have let your songs do the talking before revealing your own identity, what was your reasoning behind that?

I think in general, on the internet people can respond much better to a little bit of mystery and having a little bit of unknown. A lot of electronic musicians do the mystery thing really well. I am at school and so kind of it was like I don’t really want people to know what I was doing.

3. So we know who you are now, do you think it your album will still have an element of mystery when it comes out?

I would like to think so. I like letting the music speak for me. Often my lyrics are incredibly personal and anecdotal, I think it can be interesting having those little personal details. I’d like to keep my music the focous.

4. You write all your superb songs yourself, how old were you when you began writing?

I’ve always written in different forms, but it wasn’t till I was about 15 that I started working with my producer Joel and that was when song writing became much more of a real life thing for me.

5. You’ve previously said you’d like to get compared to male artists over the usual female ones, which male artist do you think you are most similar to?

That is a great question! It might be wishful thinking but Jake Hall is doing some great things and there’s and artist that I think is from Berlin, Sohan, he uses vocals in a similar way that I do, but I think the male context is really interesting. I’ve always listened to James Blake, and he just melts great song writing and great electronic productions.

6. Where did the name Lorde come from?

Basically I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of aristocracy and royalty and all that sort of stuff. I was kinda looking through titles of old aristocrats and I came across Lorde and I thought that word sounds and looks beautiful, but it’s also kind of masculine.

7. As a 16-year-old, you’re obviously still studying. How do you manage to still act like a normal student when you’ve got this amazing musical career about to take off?

Well, I have a bunch of friends from school and we all still go to parties and hang. I also have a big family as well. I think mixing in those circles helps me forget that I’m Lorde.

8. What are some of the worst nick names you’ve ever gotten in school?

A lot of people used to do the umbrella ella ella, like the Rihanna song, which was annoying. I’m quite pale so I used to get called Casper a bit.

9. When you’re not being Lorde, what are you doing in your free time?

I sleep a lot. I walk a lot, I’ve always been one of those people that just take their iPod and walk for a while.

10. Now I’ve been told to ask you about your Grey Goose addiction, is this a thing? Can you please elaborate?

I’ve actually never tried Grey Goose in my life. Kinda the point of my song is that I’m talking about all these ridiculous unattainable things.

11. Finally, if you were in a room with Snoop Lion, Flume or Rita Ora, which one would you collaborate with, start a love club with, or donate an organ too?

Straight up I’d collaborate with Flume, because he is rad and I really want that to happen. I feel like I should start a love club with Rita Ora because she is super cool and then Snoop Lion can have an organ I guess. He probably would need an organ because he smokes so much pot.

Hande Cerkez.


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