Lorde Discusses Curating the Soundtrack for The Hungergames: Mockingjay, Part 1, Weird Al's Parody of "Royals," and More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.02.2014
Lorde says she is writing new music...
Billboard recently interviewed Lorde ahead of her Lollapalooza performance. Below are some highlights.
Lorde on curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1: "Yeah, I was just saying that I literally watched the second film (2013's Catching Fire) in a movie theater in New Zealand like a year ago. And now I get to curate the soundtrack. It's crazy. ... It came to me through my publisher, who is always bringing me really cool, weird opportunities. He was like, do you want to do the end credits song for the film? And I said, "Oh yeah that would be awesome. Um … what are they doing for their soundtrack, just out of interest?" And he was like, "I don't know I can find it out." I was really keen to curate it. I had this idea that it would be really cool and I think I know what is the right sound for the project. So they were really into it and it just started happening. It's really been my baby, which is awesome. It's so rewarding, but it blows my mind that this massive studio has just handed the reigns over to a 17-year-old. I've literally been doing it by myself, contacting every artist, sorting everything out."
Lorde on what attracted her to the project: "Yeah, I think there's something about the Hunger Games that makes it a very modern-feeling blockbuster franchise. Often you get a heroine in a movie like that and they're just not cool characters. They're kind of sappy or kind of boring. But Jennifer (Lawrence) perfectly embodies Katniss Everdeen and you can't not be interested in that character. She's so smart and so tough and so brave, but she's also like, I'm really confused and I don't know which guy I want to date but like … hold on dude. There's more important things to do than think about dating. I've got to save the world right now. It's very fresh and modern which I like, but it's also super youth based. It's a good set of films."
Lorde on if she is writing anything new: "I'm definitely writing new stuff. I don't know how everything will end up. The first period of writing after you have recorded an album, it all sounds like the album before it. I'm trying to get that out of my system and move it to a new place. But I've been writing with some good people and just doing weird, cool stuff -- which is always good for being creative."
Lorde on the Weird Al parody of "Royals": "Weird Al is so cool! I'm so psyched to be on it. He asked ages ago if he could do it and I was like "PLEASE! Please, can you do something with "Royals." I was listening to "Weird Al" parodies when I was like 10 — especially that one that he did of "Confessions" by Usher. How could I have been listening to that while I was young and … that's me now."