You might not be familiar with Lorde ’s name, but you’d almost certainly recognize her voice from “Royals” the hypnotic, anti-bubblegum pop anthem that has been spinning on radio stations and reverberating out of car speakers for months. The first time we heard it, we recognized it instantly as a Nasty Gal anthem. The girl behind it is singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Conner; an Auckland, New Zealand native who’s only 16. Ahead of her sold-out show at The Echoplex last Thursday night, Nasty Gal spoke to the lion-maned, platform-booted Lorde about Los Angeles, lyricism, and the loneliness of teenage life. You signed your first music industry deal when you were 12. Could you even conceive yourself as an artist at that age?
I didn’t really have any idea of my sound back then, but my take on the situation was just: ‘Why not?’ I love singing and they wanted to put […]
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