Lana Del Rey Discusses Initial Label Dissatisfaction with Ultraviolence
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.19.2014
The record was in limbo for a while...
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Lana Del Rey and producer Dan Auerbach talked about Interscope and Polydor being initially dissatisfied with her new album, Ultraviolence.
There was apparently a period where the record was in limbo for six weeks due to initial dissatisfaction from Interscope and Polydor. Del Rey stated, "I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with. I don't know who they were. When I said I was ready, they were like, 'Are you sure? Because I feel like you could go further.'"
The album was primarily produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who talked about his frustration with the label interference, saying: "There was a lot of bull*** I'm not used to. The label says, 'We're not going to give you the budget to extend this session unless we hear something.' And we send them the rough mix and they fucking hate it and they hate the way it's mixed. And it's like, 'Thanks, asshole.'… I think Lana put her foot down. Maybe it's normal for her, but it's not normal for me. Really rubbed me the wrong way. I got really defensive because I thought it was bullshit."
Auerbach continued: "The story I got told is that they played it for her label person and they said, 'We're not putting out this record that you and Dan made unless you meet with the Adele producer'. And she said, 'Fine, whatever'. And she was late to the meeting, so while they were waiting, the label guy played what we recorded for the Adele producer and he said, 'This is amazing, I wouldn't do anything to change this.' And here's the kicker: Then all of a sudden, the label guy said, 'Well, yeah, I think it's great, too.'"