I voted for IEI.
Among my biggest musical influences, I would count…
"Authors: Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman and Leonard Cohen. Musicians: James Blake, Kanye West, Marvin Gaye, Burial, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.”—Lorde
“ . . . in performance O’Connor [Lorde] has a goofy theatricality: one minute she is indulging in Stevie Nicks-style witchy, closed-eyed singing, shaking her hair and flicking her hands out; the next, she’s all broad smiles and wisecracks, jokily heckling her audience.”
‘At age five, she followed her friend into a drama group and discovered a love of singing and acting. “There is something kind of magic and sacred about performance,” she says. “I had to switch on a different side to myself and become a different me.”
‘From an early age, O’Connor demonstrated that distinctive confidence in her own tastes. “Mum tried to get me into poetry but I wasn’t into it,” she says. “I read a lot of short fiction and that has much more common ground with lyrics.”’
- HERO: I’m not into poetry that much either, and I almost always prefer prose (fiction/novels and/or non-fiction) as opposed to poetry. I still think she’s IEI.
‘Lorde's music draws from electropop, but she grew up listening to soul musicians Etta James and Otis Redding, as well as her parents' favourite records by the likes of Cat Stevens, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. She cites the unusual vocals of Grimes, the band Sleigh Bells and producer SBTRKT as her prominent influences. Lorde also stated that she was inspired by the initially hidden identities of Burial and The Weeknd, explaining, "I feel like mystery is more interesting", and called American musical artist Nicki Minaj an "important female in pop." Lorde describes short story writers Raymond Carver, Wells Tower, Tobias Wolff and Claire Vaye Watkins as lyrical inspirations – particularly noting their sentence structures. Lorde stated her music is also inspired by authors, citing Tobias Wolff, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman and Leonard Cohen as influences on her writing.'
'She’s a Nicki Minaj fan.
Although Lorde’s got a flair for crafting captivating new music, the 16-year-old considers Minaj as an “important female in pop,” crediting the wig-clad former American Idol judge as an important figure for female artists.'
'Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she performed in various singing and drama classes as a child, and at the age of thirteen signed with Universal. Yelich-O'Connor adopted her stage name due to her fascination with "royals and aristocracy", but felt the name Lord was too masculine so added an 'e' to make it more feminine.
At age 5, Lorde followed her friend into a drama group and discovered a love of singing and acting. Lorde has said she enjoyed how she had to "switch on a different side to myself and become a different me."'
‘Her real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor: “When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord' was super rad, but really masculine — ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e' on the end! Some people think it's religious, but it's not.”’
By Lisa Wright (01 Nov 2013)
“Rewind two years. With debut single ‘Video Games’, Lana Del Rey is crowned Queen of the Future of Everything and a debut album hastily follows. It’s really quite good and does really quite well, and then with the same speed she arrived, Lana all but disappears (save for popping up on the odd H&M ad).
Lorde, we are led to believe, is the new Lana. Partly because she sounds quite a lot like the old Lana, and partly because her own debut ‘Royals’ has arrived similarly from nowhere to chuck a spanner towards the hype machine’s cogs and pistons.
Similarly, ‘Pure Heroine’ is really quite good. But, unlike her predecessor, you get the feeling the 16-year-old New Zealand waif might have [a] tad more staying power.
Whilst there’s a hip-hop influence underpinning the electro-pop minimalism on ‘Glory And Gore’ or ‘Tennis Court’, the overall atmosphere never feels contrived. There’s an honesty to Lorde’s youthfully cynical musings (very much the thoughts of a teenager, albeit a damn savvy one) that affords her more avenues to explore. And, whilst Lorde’s world creates its own incredibly distinctive atmosphere, it feels accessible and open to maturing.”
“Don't you think that it's boring how people talk? / Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored / Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it / Never not chasing a million things I want / And I am only as young as the minute is full of it . . . . [Absurd], be the class clown / I'll be the beauty queen in tears / It's a new art form showing people how little we care / We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear . . . Getting caught's half of the trip though, isn't it? (yeah)
I fall apart with all my heart . . .”
“ . . . . Living in ruins of a palace within my dreams . . . .”
“ . . . . Explosions on TV / And all the girls with heads inside a dream / So now we live beside the pool/Where everything is good . . . . Shut my eyes to the song that plays . . . . The men up on the news/They try to tell us all that we will lose/But it's so easy in this blue/Where everything is good . . . .”
- Nirvana cover (by Lorde):