Lana Del Rey in Conversation with Stevie Nicks

Inside V Magazine’s phone interview between the two “romantic rock” Queens.

Singer Lana Del Rey is on the cover of V magazine’s new American issue, looking glamorous in Ralph Lauren and Balmain posing in front of a horse.  The magazine talks about Lana’s change of music from the singer’s dark serenades of ill-fated love and betrayal to her recently lighter tone songs that celebrate love and life, yet without straying from the raw emotion and tenderness that the singer brings to her songs.  V magazine’s William Defebaugh  introduces Stevie Nicks into the article, and respectfully compares the two singers.  The article continues with a phone interview between the two iconic singers.

“It is only fitting, then, that the inquirer on the other end of the phone line is Stevie Nicks, fairy godmother to Del Rey’s genre of enchantingly romantic pop rock.”

The interview starts with Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey bonding over becoming “witchy sisters,” as well as making jokes about living in the HollyWood sign as Lana does in her new album.  Nicks then continues talking about one of Lana’s first album’s Born to Die and her newest album Lust for Life.  Del Rey answers saying that with Born to Die and her past albums it was much more about telling stories about her past that she wanted to share with her fans/audience, where as Lust for Life is more in the present.  She also acknowledges that the two albums are each others opposites.

“Yeah, they’re complete opposites, and it’s funny because when I chose the title, I didn’t think about it right away. It was the title of the first song I wrote for this record. But there are so many things that have gotten me to the point that I’m at now. One of them is just time. And because I do write everything myself, I just wanted to chronicle how I was feeling honestly, in the moment, for each record.”

Stevie Nicks agreed with Lana del Rey’s writing process and acknowledged the similarities. She then goes on to reflecting past albums such as Bella Donna and Wild Heart.  Nicks goes deeper into her discography discussing her album Sweet Angel, which she wrote after coming out of rehab.  She notes how listening to her music helps her sees how her life has come together, something Lana Del Rey connects to as well.

“I think that we put out this running commentary on not just what’s going on in our lives, but what’s going on in the world at the same time. It’s a parallel thing. So, I see you doing the same things as I did.”

Both singers went on discussing the importance of song writing and its healing capability for others. Stevie Nicks even added about how she has many songs she wants to write but has put them on hold due to feeling that there are more important songs to write to help her fans and audiences.  Lana touches on how her mother expressed the importance of her gift to help people.

The interview is truly remarkable and moving.  One really gets an inside of both of these iconic singers writing processes and personalities.  A highly recommended read.  The interview is up on V magazine’s website and the American Issue will be on stands starting July 6th.

Scroll down to see more photos of Lana Del Rey from V magazine, and a sneak peak of her song “Cherry” from her new album.


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