Lana Del Rey is on the cover of Germany’s October issue of ‘Interview’ magazine. Lana Del Rey was interviewed by her good friend The Weekend & was shot by Jork Weismann. You can watch a short preview of her issue below.
The enigmatic star captivating a generation of listeners rarely gives interviews and hates the press, now preparing to unveil her latest album, Lana Del Rey turns over a new leaf, as she tells her good friend James Franco, this is the Honeymoon of her life.
James Franco: Last year when I was doing ‘Of Mice and Men’ on Broadway, I watched Lana Del Rey’s video for ‘Ride’ while I was waiting to go onstage. I was immediately taken with Lana’s magic. The video features an American landscape and a soundscape pushed to the extremes of loneliness: a lost soul sings from lonely motel rooms in desert wastelands about the kindness of strangers that she has met on the road. I later learned that the song was a testament of all that is Lana: a contrast between innocence and experience, light and dark, life and death. Almost every one of her songs features a lovelorn angel who has commingled with a devil, and as a result has tasted the highest passion, even though the relationship will also lead her doom. After watching the ‘Ride’ video I asked my friend Keegan Allen for Lana’s number. By coincidence it was her birthday, so I texted her birthday wishes while she was on tour in Europe. When she returned to the Sates two weeks later she came to ‘Of Mice and Men’ and we quickly became friends over our mutual love of music and film. One of the constant subjects of conversation is persona versus the true self. As an actor I see art as a performance, and even life as a performance. Lana as a singer-songerwriter sees her work as an expression of her reality. I try to argue that even if her songs are confessional, they are contributing to a creation of Lana’s making – that her “reality” is largely of her own creation. This view disturbs Lana because she sees herself as a creative reporter of her experience, rather than an active sculptor of her persona. She asked me to interview her for V Magazine because the regular interviewers inevitably ask the same questions about her love life and her death wishes. They read too literally into her lyrics, and generally try to denigrate her for reasons I can’t fathom, but suspect have something to do with her being a successful woman, albeit one who writes songs about the dark side of life rather than uplifting anthems of positivity. Lana has outlived the live fast-die young period, if only because she is now older than James Dean ever was. The tragic heroines in her songs might live tragic lives and die for love before their time, but the real Lana has endured. Her songs might involve broken figures living in the dark, beautiful realms of the shadows, but her career is the opposite: a feminine triumph against all odds amidst an uproar of critics who purposely misread her. Lana is an enigma that after a year I am still unable to untangle. She seems to want her songs to be read as confessions, while on the other hand so much of her work is a conscious creation. As always, I tried to get to the bottom of the mystery that is Lana Del Rey.
On Wednesday September 9, Lana Del Rey premiered her new song ‘Music To Watch Boys To’ from her upcoming album ‘Honeymoon’ which will be released on September 19th on Beats Radio 1. The song is now available for purchase on iTunes & can be purchased HERE. You can pre-order the album now & receive the song automatically along with ‘Honeymoon’ ‘Terrence Loves You’ & ‘High By The Beach’.
Lana Del Rey & boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini were both spotted enjoying Cuban and Mexican fare at Cafe Habana in Malibu on Saturday, September 8. Lana Del Rey wore sleeveless floral-printed shirt which she teamed with light denim skinny jeans and strappy brown sandals.
Lana Del Rey is on the cover of V magazine’s latest issue,”Best Of The Best” which is on newsstands September 10.
Here’s what Lana Del Rey had to share with the magazine:
On her ‘anti-feminism’ quote: “Some people listen to music and they don’t really think about it too much further than that they like to hear it in the car. Some people listen to it and they think, ‘God, that’s appalling, I’m not going to let my daughter listen to that.’ The luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, ‘I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future.’ It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area. I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m standing at the forefront of new technological movements. I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.”
On receiving criticism for her music: “First of all, when you’re writing a record alone, you don’t really think about the effect your music is going to have on other people. I’m not really the type of person to condone any behavior that would end up being harmful to anyone else but at the same time I’m not going to limit my lyrical content to things that don’t really relate to me or sing about things just because they rhyme.”
On naming her album Honeymoon: “‘Honeymoon.’ I guess it’s the word that sums up the ultimate dream. I mean, life is a honeymoon, y’know? Life, love, paradise, freedom…that’s forever. With someone, or just with yourself. It just felt right, kind of the way Ultraviolence felt right before that, when I had a little more rage [laughs]. I love the concept that life is a dream and you curate your own space so that it becomes your heaven. It’s all contingent upon your state of mind, which is why I don’t always do interviews—because it puts me in a bad fucking mood. I really try and keep my world beautiful but it’s tricky. We’re at a point in time when life truly can be what you want it to be.”
Lana Del Rey was spotted leaving Giorgio Baldi Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA on Wednesday, August 2 with boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini after having dinner. The couple were spotted leaving in two separate cars.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Dan Auerbach spoke about working with Lana Del Rey & producing her last album ‘Ultraviolence’. You can read what he had to say below.
You produced most of Lana Del Rey’s last album. What was that like?
It was stressful, but at the end of the day, it was really enjoyable. She’s such a force, and it was cool to go into her world for a little while. “Brooklyn Baby” — fuck, I love how that song sounds.
Do you think she gets the respect she deserves as an artist?
No, I don’t think she does. But you know that. I don’t need to tell you that. I’m not worried about her, because the people that love her are fucking obsessed.