I love to sing and I really love to write, but in terms of being onstage, I'm not that comfortable, which I think is sort of clear.
I have kind of a funny relationship with movies. I don't have to see the whole movie to get an impression of it or to let it have an influence on me.
I made that first record in 2008, alongside the EP, but my label at the time waited three years to release it. They thought maybe someone bigger would buy it, but they didn't, so in the end they just released it themselves.
I'm not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.
I lived where I could and studied what I enjoyed studying. I took what I wanted from that education but was making my first record at the same time.
I have a great appreciation for our world's history. I learn from my own mistakes, I learn from the mistakes we've made as a human race.
It takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what
true freedom is.
I once had a dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events some of those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken.
But I didn't really mind, because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When I was young I felt really overwhelmed and confused by the desire not to end up in an office, doing something I didn't believe in.
My songs are cinematic so they seem to reference a glamorous era or fetishize certain lifestyles, but that's not my aim.
A lot of what's been written about me is not true: of my family history or my choices or my interests. Actually, I've never read anything written about me that was true. It's been completely crazy.
Initially the fashion world was more interested in me than the music world, which was strange when I first started singing.
For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept... Whenever people bring up feminism, I'm like, god. I'm just not really that interested.
I was a different sort of child, as half the children are. I was in that category of being free-spirited.
A lot of the reason my look is the way it is, is because it's really easy to put on a sundress every night if I have to perform -- or just wear jeans every day and a flannel or something.
I used to wonder if it was God's plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.
My parents were lovely. They've always been supportive. When you love your child, you don't know what to do with someone who wants to do what no one else does successfully. If I had someone younger I loved, I'd be worried for them too if I didn't have guidance to give them.
I wanted to be part of a high-class scene of musicians. It was half-inspired because I didn't have many friends, and I was hoping that I would meet people and fall in love and start a community around me, the way they used to do in the '60s.
I think the thing I really got from Ginsberg was that you can tell a story through kind of painting pictures with words. And when I found out that you could have a profession doing that, it was thrilling to me. It just became my passion immediately, playing with words and poetry.
The thing about me is, coming from an alternative music background and singing for nine years, being basically invisible, I'm so used to writing for myself -- and at the end of the day, I do it because I feel like I have to. So when I'm recording or writing, I don't have other people in mind.
Don't make me sad, don't make me cry. Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough, I don't know why.
Growing up I was always prone to obsession, partly because of the way I am, but partly because after feeling so lonely for such a long time, when I found someone or something that I liked, I felt helplessly drawn to it. I suppose that accounts for some of the creepiness in my music.
I think America is amazing for its landscape and its history. California is beautiful, New York is beautiful, but when you're a gypsy at heart, it probably suits you to be traveling.
Synchronicites . It's been said that coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous. Synchronicities are a sign of divinity. You breathe in deeply and say: 'I don't want anything. I'm going to let things happen.'
Being an entrepreneur doesn't make you a rich tycoon and being an innovator doesn't mean that you're successful. It just means that you're interesting.
I was always a singer, it was nothing anyone planned on me doing for real, because it's an unusual thing. I was just sort of saying, even having modest ambitions to have a small career at singing, it's still really difficult to do that. Everyone wants to sing or act or whatever.
Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I've got nothing but my aching soul?
I already have success. I had it a long time ago. It's nothing to do with my music. Music is secondary, at this point. The good stuff is really good, but I have success because I'm at peace and I'm a good person in my everyday life and that's important.
I don't really have any gimmicks. I don't actually do anything that's strange. I don't even wear weird things.
I have taken taking my music to labels for years, and everyone just thought it was creepy. They thought the images with the music were weird and verging on psychotic.
When I got to New York City when I was 18, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn -- I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point -- and that was it.
I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Done my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm feeling alive.
I don't really care about how good a song is, I only want them to reflect what I felt when I was writing them.
When I was younger I felt lonely. In terms of my thought processes. I had the constant feeling that I thought differently to everyone around me. So, I suppose I felt lonely for a home. I didn't know where I wanted to be, but I knew I wasn't there yet.
We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore -- except to make our lives into a work of art.
I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast
I am alone in the night
Been trying hard not to get into trouble, but I
I've got a war in my mind
So, I just ride.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger is so not true. You know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.
To be honest like when you work at something for a long time and then coming to a family of people who support what you do hmm... you are very lucky!
My mum and my dad they both like to sing they have really nice voices and my sister and my brother actually they are good singers too. I've been really blessed actually more than most to have a really good people around me.
Einstein said 'your imagination is more important than intelligence,' and I have a very, very big imagination.
When I found somebody who I fell in love with, it made me feel different than I felt the rest of the day. It was electrifying.
When I found somebody who I fell in love with, it made me feel different than I felt the rest of the day. It was electrifying. That's what inspired the 'Off to the Races' melodies. That's one of the times when you're feeling electrified by someone else and they make you happy to be alive.
I've clearer idea of how I don't want to be seen -- as someone who does what everyone wants them to.
I just look for someone who makes me feel like life is an exciting opportunity and, you know, just like to be alive.
Bad things happen everyday but you're not going to be any happier thinking about them. So I don't think about them.
My understanding of God has come from my own personal experiences. Because I was in trouble so many times in New York that if you were me, you would believe in God too.
In New York I pretty much live in diners -- I order French Fries, Diet Coke floats and lots of coffee.
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.
I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.
I knew I wanted to do something creative. I didn't think I'd have the luxury of doing something like that, because I didn't know anyone who had pursued anything they really adored, but I had dreams for singing or writing.
I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It's all authentic.
When I was very young I was sort of floored by the fact that my mother and my father and everyone I knew was going to die one day, and myself too. I had a sort of a philosophical crisis. I couldn't believe that we were mortal.
I was always singing but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously. When I got to New York City when I was 18, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn -- I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point -- and that was it.
A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I'm writing about New York.
When I put out 'Video Games' in May 2011, it was a 5:25-minute love song; I was surprised when a lot of people said they were listening to it. I was surprised when it went to the radio, without me even knowing how something like that even happens!
Feeling like you're respected among the people who do the same thing you do is incredible and necessary.
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