David Byrne recalls hearing Lorde’s music for the first time: “I thought, ‘I could learn from that'”

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“One of the things that struck me was how low it was”

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David Byrne remembers hearing Lorde’s music for the first time.

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speaking as part of a pair Rolling stone’ The new ‘musicians on musicians’ cover series.

Byrne told the New Zealand musician that he admired the minimalism of his music. He said: “I heard your music centuries ago. One of the things that struck me was how low it was.


“There was a lot going on with the harmonies in the vocal area, but musically, it was removed—you just need beats and keyboards, no more. Which completely shattered me. I thought, ‘ I can learn from it.'”

He asked Lord: “Did you get any pushback at the beginning: “You need to add this, that and another to this production?”

Lorde replied: “It’s funny that you say that. When I released ‘Royals’ on my SoundCloud, just for free, I immediately heard from an American record company, and they were like, ‘For the real version. , you might need to put a little more into it.’ ‘Oh, this is the real version!’

Byron said: “So you realized, immediately, you got a sense of what it wanted to be?” To which the Lord said: “Yes. This is the Ira Glass I’ve always loved, where he talks about being young.

“‘You have the taste, but you don’t have the skills. So you make things up and you know they’re not perfect, but your taste is intact, and that will get you there eventually.’ I can’t really play anything, I’m not a good musician, but I’ve always had my ear.”


Later in his talk, Lord said that he had recently tended to more “minimalism” in his music, but plans to return to more “minimalism” again soon.

last month, David Byron’s American Utopia Came to American theaters for a special solo performance.

Director Spike Lee’s acclaimed concert film hits theaters nationwide for a special night to be screened on September 15.

The show also includes a new introduction to Byron and will also feature a never-before-seen conversation between Byron and Lee.

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