Lorde Gets It Right On The Music Business And Aspiring Musicians

From Rolling Stone:

Rolling Stone talked to Lorde, pop’s unlikeliest superstar climbed to the top while breaking all the rules — and making people rethink what it means to be a teen girl artist in 2014. B

On what she’s learned about the record biz:
I’ve learned how to interact with people in order to get what I want, but also…you can’t just crush someone’s vision, you have to make compromises. That wasn’t something I was familiar with until quite recently. I was so kind of fixated on exactly what I wanted to do, but now I’m quite good at taking other peoples’ opinions on board. But that being said, I’ve totally learned in this process that 99 percent of the time your gut is right, and you know what’s right for you. I know exactly what’s right for my career and for my art, and sometimes, even if the whole room is saying, “Don’t do that, don’t do that,” you know that doing that is going to be good for you, in the long run. So, yeah, I guess it’s a balance between listening to what other people say and not listening.

On what advice she’d give aspiring musicians:
If you want your music to be heard. . . you can just put stuff on the Internet and people can love it and that’s cool. I think the industry is much less scary than people think it is. You have to go into it with an idea of who you are and what you want to do, and you have to have an idea of the things that you won’t do, and the things that you want to aspire to. Because if you have clear goals and absolute no’s for yourself, then people can figure it out. And then you won’t be left like, “Oh, shit, why did I do that …” I don’t know, juice commercial. [Laughs]