Wish my Rolling Stone ‘Hot Issue’ piece on Lana Del Rey could have fit more words, but alas. Here’s a portion of my conversation with her that didn’t make it into the mag…
Before this, did you ever concern yourself with indie rock?
No. Hey, honey, I would have loved to be part of the indie community. But I wasn’t. I was looking for a community. I don’t even know any people who are musicians. I never met that indie popular indie, whoever the fuck that is. Who IS indie? First of all, I can’t really get my head around what indie music is. Because if you’ve heard of it, it’s sort of pop music, right? Because it’s, like, popular? Or is it just that it’s not on the radio? It’s not like I was in an indie community and then I blew up. It’s like, I was living on the street and I’m not — like, for real, you know what I’m saying?
You didn’t read Pitchfork to find out, like, ‘what’s new in indie’?
No. I knew they were very popular. Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. They were very popular. [laughs and shrugs]. Yeah, it was sort of much farther away than where I was, which was nowhere.