Lady Gaga Responds to Crticism Over Artist Vomiting on Her During SXSW Performance
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.16.2014
Gaga speaks candidly during SXSW keynote...
NME reports that Lady Gaga discussed a number of issues during her keynote talk at this year's SXSW Music Festival. She was reportedly the youngest and first female keynote speaker ever for the event. During the keynote, Gaga wore a clear plastic dress and had platinum blonde dreadlocks. Below are some highlights:
Gaga on the power of music: "When your friend plays a bassline that gets inside your heart and your spirit. That's what the f*** it's all about."
Gaga on people who were critical of the corporate sponsorship of SXSW: "Whoever is writing and saying all of those things, you don't know f*** about the state of the music industry. Without sponsorships, without these companies coming together to help us, we won't have any artists coming to SXSW and we won't have any festivals, because record labels don't have any money. Anyone that would say [sighs] Doritios? Lady Gaga? Samsung? Jay Z? Why shouldn't someone in Austin have the chance to see Jay Z?"
Gaga about what she wanted to do with her show and SXSW performance: "We really wanted to do something that was in the spirit of what SXSW has always been about which is creating a connection between fans and artists and the musical experience… I really built the set around Austin, I wanted to give as much as I could to the city."
Lady Gaga on the controversy of being vomited on by Millie Brown and talking about "performance art": "It was exciting to see people talking about performance art on the internet... We believed in the performance and what it meant to the song...Martin Luther King thought he could start a revolution without violence and Andy Warhol thought he could make a soup can into art. Sometimes things that are really strange can change the world… I'm not saying vomit's going to change the world."
Gaga on the second volume of Artpop which has already been recorded and finished and some other unreleased material: "There's many volumes of work over a long periods of time that have just not been released to the public. Sometimes it's just fun to have records that me and my friends just listen to... I have a whole second part of 'Artpop' and I love it."
Gaga on the value of independence and being herself in music: "I refuse to be compromised and allow my talents to be monetised to the point where I don't want to be here anymore. I will stop. I will quit. I will retire from the commercial market if I have to be something other than myself. I'll be myself until they close the fucking coffin."
Gaga's response to her releases being pitted against releases by Katy Perry last year: "I don't know what f*** all I have to do with Katy Perry, our music is so different, we couldn't be more different."