And we'll never be Royals
BY NADIA CHAHID ON OCTOBER 18, 2013
It would be a mistake to say that Lorde is just a singer. Not only is she a singer, but she is also a musician and an amazing songwriter.
Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, was born in the small New Zealand town of Auckland. She was discovered at age 12 when a UMG recruiter viewed a video of her in her school talent show. She has been writing her own lyrics since the age of 13 and has been signed by Universal Music Group since the age of 12.
Although Lorde’s musical aspect of her songs has a very unique beat and style, Lorde is first and foremost about the lyrical components of her music.
In an interview Lorde said, “After listening to a lot of rap and pop, I realized that they all sing about stuff that I just couldn't relate to.”
For over a year and a half she has been working on releasing The Love Club EP, which is basically a mini album.
She released it for free because as she said in Interview Magazine “I mean, who has a credit card at age 16? I just thought people my age would appreciate it.”
I don’t know about you but I think it’s amazing that someone at such a young age is mature enough to make these decisions herself. I hope she stays this way and that her talent does not become corrupted by the industry.
Lorde’s debut single “Royals” has been number one in New Zealand for not one but four months. Royals is about how all of the popular songs today are about money, being famous, sex and/or drugs. When, really, everyone listening to these songs are just typical teenagers who are usually just hanging out with friends and stressing out about school.
She primarily wants to write about personal experiences in her life and stuff that others her age could associate to.
Lorde is an prime example of what I call REAL music in this generation. She isn't writing about partying every night, being materialistic or hooking up with guys. I'm not saying that writing about those things lessens the quality of music; (I am a big fan of Drake, Lana, etc.) but I am saying that writing about things that actual everyday people have experienced can reach out and make a better connection.
It's really cool to have music that is a better representation of our generation, unlike most of the popular music you hear on bob 93.3 which I would be surprised if anyone I knew could similarly compare their lives to.
I have absolute confidence that we will see even greater things from Lorde. Being that she is 16 and is already so successful. She can only go up!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out Lorde’s music you should definitely go download her EP, especially since it’s free.