Lana Del Rey recently got together with L’Officiel USA for a special interview to be featured in the publication's debut issue. The project then finds the songstress sharing conversations with fellow musicians, celebrities, and fans alike.
In speaking with Kim Kardashian, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Grimes, and Alessandro Michele, among others, Lana dishes on music, meditation, the future of mankind, and more. Below we've in turn highlighted some excerpts from the spread, ahead of the issue's release on February 27.
Kim Kardashian: Who was your biggest beauty influence growing up?
Lana: I was sort of a late bloomer with style and everything really. I loved Joan Baez—I just really identified with her character. I loved Lauren Bacall. I saw a rerun of The Dick Clark Show with Janice Joplin on it and she had feathers in her hair and I thought she was so cool, so her as well. And I really like what you’re doing now. I love your style update, with your hair and the nudes and mauves. I’m watching you. I’ve got my eye on you.
Kim Kardashian: If you weren’t writing or making music, what would you be doing?
Lana: I would be a doula, or maybe working with kids.
Courtney Love: Why have you stolen my unconscious and made me your musical slave?
Lana: [Laughs] If you had told me that one day Courtney Love would listen to me on repeat, I would just not have believed you.
Courtney Love: Make me a favorite song playlist right now.
Lana: Okay. Hole, “Celebrity Skin.” The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Migos, “Bad and Boujee.” A$AP Rocky, “L$D.” Simon & Garfunkel, “Scarborough Fair.” Janis Joplin, “Mercedes Benz.” The Eagles, “Hotel California." Lou Reed, “Perfect Day.”
Courtney Love: What’s your favorite song on Lust for Life?
Lana: I like “Coachella,” actually. I put it in the song exactly the way I was thinking about it driving home. I love when I can do that. And for me, it was such a culmination of things: Seeing Father John Misty, being with his wife; realizing there was a real problem with North Korea, that it was an impending, bigger world problem. It was to the point where I did not want to go home after the festival. I stopped at this crazy place called Rim of the World Highway in Lake Arrowhead [California]. I sat there, went to the redwood grove, and really had a moment with myself.
Courtney Love: Are you okay with kids knowing you don’t do drugs or drink?
Lana: I don’t know how I feel about that yet. There’s a reason why people keep certain things private, but at the same time, it is a big part of my life. So, it is what it is.
Stevie Nicks: Have you enjoyed your new record Lust For Life and why, since it's so different?
Lana: I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed touring this new record and a lot of my happy feelings about it kicked off when I was talking to you and we were so on the same wavelength about how nice it is to turn a corner for the better. Obviously you have to really be changing to write a record that’s different from the rest of your discography, but it feels good to be slowly catching up in my personal life to some of the more cheerful sentiments I was writing about over the last two years.
Grimes: What do you think about artificial intelligence? Do you think it will be good or bad for humanity?
Lana: I think it’s just a natural progression of where technology has been leading to up until now. I think the advancements of AI will be benefits. I don’t think it will get to the point where we are boycotting the robot community because they’ve taken all of our jobs. That said, I did hear that Amazon’s just become the first company to deliver via drone, which I’m very excited but also nervous about, because I’ve had such bad experiences with drones. So, don’t take my word for it.
Grimes: Would you go to Mars, even if it meant dying there?
Lana: Hell to the no! [laughs] Are you kidding? Loco. Who could ever leave the Earth behind?
Grimes: If you could live behind the eyes of any writer in history and silently view their life from their perspective, who would you choose?
Lana: [William] Shakespeare. Was it one man? A community of people who wrote all of those game-changing plays?
Alessandro Michele: What particularly crazy thing did you do as a teenage rockstar?
Lana: When I was a teenager, we used to get weekend passes from school and go out to places like the Limelight and dance all night. I remember being so tired for my English classes on Monday but thinking, I’m going to move to New York City one day.
Alessandro Michele: Where did the inspiration for your marvelous vintage world come from?
Lana: I guess part of my retro sensibility comes from my love of old movies from when I was a teenager. I remember seeing films like A Place in the Sun with Elizabeth Taylor or films with Natalie Wood and thinking that they were so beautiful. As much as I loved ’50s films, I loved ’60s music, and still do above any genre.
Sean Ono Lennon: Do you feel like the decline of pop music culture is on the horizon? What about the decline of civilization in general? Is there a connection between the two?
Lana: Probably, but I don’t really know what it is. I think really, there’s a rise of sociopathy and narcissism, and a mental health crisis. Everyone’s kind of becoming aware of the fact that that needs to be fully addressed. Maybe there is a link. It’s probably related to consciousness.
Børns: Do you know the mood you want to set going into a record?
Lana: I do when I’m halfway through, even three songs deep if they’re written well enough. Luckily for me, I wrote “Lust for Life” on the day that I finished Honeymoon, two years ago. I knew everything was going to be in a different hue, I just didn’t quite know how.
Børns: If you could change any one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Lana: More female producers.
Rick Nowels: If you could visit any historical era—and hang out with a key player of that era—what would it be?
Lana: I would totally go see Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. Summer of Love, that’s my jam.
Now follow on over to L’Officiel USA for the entire selection of interviews.
For more, watch Lana discuss her stalker at a recent Atlanta concert.