Zane Lowe sat down with Gaga a couple weeks ago and posted the full interview today. Here are some highlights:
- Gaga agrees that Joanne as an album is "searching for a good time with some unavoidable truths that need to be dealt with"
- Goes into detail about erasing all of her fame to create the album: "You can't create records resting on your previous success or caring about that. At the end of the day that's not really what I'm here for.
- Talks about what it was like after going through her peak in 2011: "It's a blessing. It's pure adrenaline of the world adoring you. And then you realize it will never be the way it was before." She dealt with paranoia, fear, alcohol, drugs, anxiety, body pain, "a lot of it has to do with feeling unsafe in my own body because I leave the house and there's people touching me, grabbing me, and yelling"
- On Angel Down: "I wrote this song about Trayvon Martin a couple years ago and the epidemic of young black people being murdered in this country. I was overwhelmed at the fact that people just stood around and the justice system continues to not seek justice for these families. Also listening to my fans, young black women and men who are terrified... This is something I care about, this is something that has to stop."
- On being drawn into the #BLM conversation: "I can only pray on that. That my voice & the lyrics will reach people. It's also a complicated thing, I'm not a black woman so how do you speak on certain things... [but] It feels impossible not to say something. How can I possibly make an album about twerking my ass in the club? I can't reckon it. It feels empty, It feels irrelevant... At this moment in my career, I can't possibly just sit and think of 'Oh what would be just fun.' The more that we mask the shade of this anxiety, the harder it's going to be to heal. I cannot write anything that does not have a voice or a purpose in the universe. Why have this voice? Why have this platform?"
- On her previous mindless dance pop music: "That was great! I loved it. It was amazing, and I will sing those songs for you and everyone for the rest of my life. [but] I'm a woman now and I care about the world and I care about young people and that's what I want to make."
- On the internet: "It's like the earth in a way, we're gonna destroy it. It's a big toilet, it's a garbage can. I can't sort through what's real and what's not. I'm watching all these young kids die and then you go on the internet and it's a bunch of garbage in the way of the truth."
- On not making the music her fans may have wanted: "I don't think it's a healthy way to make music. When you're think of people's perspectives too much and what they want musically, that's toxic... I have a need to make music. I don't have a need to be famous. It's totally different."
- When Gaga brings up her dad being overprotective, Zane brings up how the story is similar to Madonna's, "Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn't make that comparison at all. And I don't mean to disrespect Madonna, she's a nice lady. She's had a fantastic huge career, she's the biggest popstar of all time. But I play a lot of instruments, I write all my own music. I spend hours in the studio, I'm a producer. What I do is different. I'm not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show. I allow myself to fail, I allow myself to break - I'm not afraid of my flaws. There are major differences between me and her and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I'm who the fuck I am and this is me. My life story is my life story."
- Elton John, Stevie Wonder & Tony Bennett encouraged her to stop smoking.
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