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Lady Gaga talks Chromatica with Zane Lowe: Here’s Everything We Learned

Lady Gaga FaceTimed Zane Lowe from her home (because social distancing), to talk about her upcoming album, Chromatica! Gaga described a few of the tracks from the album, along with her anticipated single “Rain On Me” with Ariana Grande.

Watch the interview or read a breakdown of it below!

What she hopes we get out of the album:

She wishes to go on a journey with the world that she’s been on before. She can’t wait to dance with people, to go to any space and blast the album and show them how much she loves them.

About fame:

She says she has developed a fear of the public, but not of people. She loves people. This album is about how she got back to people and how she connects with people. “I’m not a celebrity, I’m a person.

About songwriting:

When I write a song, I want it to sound the best that it can be and also want to interpret what I’m saying, the best that I can interpret it.

About smoking:

She mentions that she quit smoking and that it was very hard to quit. She used to sit on the porch and chain-smoke all day. She smoking the whole way through making the record and when she finished, she stopped. She mentions the music healed her.

About ‘Sine From Above’ and ‘Babylon’:

She used “Sine” in the song because it represents a sound wave: “That sound, sine, from above, is what healed me to be able to dance my way out of this album, singing Babylon, a song about gossip, something that used to run my life. It made me feel so small and so chained.

About ‘Fun Tonight’:

It’s a song that means a lot to her and she gets choked up when she listens to it. “I can’t tell you how many nights that people that really love me were trying to get me to smile or laugh or be optimistic and I just had no ability to be happy. It just wasn’t there. I would write this music and listen back, and ask myself “Why is this so fun? Why is this so happy?

About her last album ‘Joanne’ and her dad:

When the era was over she realized “Oh wow, I made an album for my dad. I made. record trying to heal my family’s trauma because my dad’s sister, Joanne, passed away when he was 15 years old. And he didn’t know how sick she was. It was actually this really beautiful and yet futile effort. You cannot fix something that way and I had to learn that. It was an epic disappointment in my heart that drove me into a depression that I realized no matter what I make or how big I become or how many sold out stadiums I have, I can’t fix my dad.”

“I made that record and realized I couldn’t fix my dad so I kind of gave up. Cause I was like “if I can’t fix my dad, then what’s the point?””

Some of her favourite lyrics on the album belong to ‘Sine from Above’:

I heard one sine from above,
I heard one sine from above,
Then the signals split in two,
The sound created stars like me and you,
Before there was love, there was silence,
I heard one sine, and it healed my heart,
Heard a sine

About Ariana Grande and ‘Rain on Me’: 

Her and I connected right away, and she was so wonderful. Maybe she assumed that it be that she would come in and sing this and thank you for your time. Instead I asked her what she needed, how she wanted to do things. When we were vocally producing her, I was sitting at the console talking to her. I remember saying to her “Okay, everything that you care about when you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing. While you do that, I’m gonna dance in front of you. She sang and started to do things with her voice that was different. It was the joy of two artists going like “I see you and I see all the things.””

“It was awesome to watch her, she was so open to try things she hasn’t done before. It was this beautiful and very healing process to not necessarily having a female artist that mentored me as I came up. Being able to be with her and hold her, and be like “anything that you feel chains you, any pop cultural construct that you feel you have to live up to, I’d like you to please forget about it and be yourself””.

That woman has been through some really tough and hard life testing stuff. When she came into the studio, I was still crying and she was not. She was like “you’re gonna be okay, call me, here’s my number”. And she was so persistent, she would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. Eventually she called me and she was like “you’re hiding” and I was like “I am hiding, I am totally hiding”. And then this friendship blossomed.”

Rain on Me is also metaphor for the amount of drinking Lady Gaga was doing. The song has many layers.

About ‘911’:

“To be clear, when I say “pop a 911″ on this album, it is not an opioid or narcotic. I don’t take any pain medication because it is not healthy for me.”

About social media:

“We have cerated these millions upon billions of Enigma’s that are avatars of who we are online in order to deal with ourselves and it’s part of how we feel safe but it’s turning on us. It’s a false economy. The currency is shallow as f*ck. You can’t be pretty enough on Instagram, thin enough, rich enough, hot enough.”

About ‘Free Woman’:

I tend to aspire for things to be genderless because I think it’s significant. But with that song in particular, I felt a need to reference my gender because even though I really have a tremendous disdain for people who attribute gender or sexual identity to your personality, like I hate that. If someone says “oh, your personality is masculine”, I’m like “what does that even mean?” it doesn’t make sense to me.

“It was so important for this to be ‘Free Woman’ because I was assaulted by a music producer, I was sexually assaulted by a music producer, it’s compounded all of my feelings about life, feelings about the world, feelings about the industry, feelings about what I had to compromise and go through to get to where I am. When I was able to finally celebrate it, I said you know what:

I’m not nothing without a steady hand
I’m not not nothing unless I know I can
I’m still something if don’t got a man
I’m a free woman

“It’s me going I’m free, but its not just because I’m free woman, look at me I found gratitude and everything is zen. I no longer am going to define myself as a survivor or a victim of sexual assault. I just am a person that is free and went through some f*cked up shit.”

More lyrics from ‘Free Woman’:

This is the dance floor I fought for
Ain’t hard, that’s what I’m living for
Light up my body, and kiss me too hardly
I walk the downtown, hear my sound

“This is my way of saying I’m making a dance record again, and this dance floor is mine and I earned it. And all that stuff that I went through, I don’t have to feel pain about it anymore, it can just be apart of me and I can keep going.”

About ‘Plastic Doll’:

“I decided that I was human, and that made me feel better. I’m doing this incredibly human thing, even though I feel like a Plastic Doll. Look at me, I’m so f*cking human.”

Some of her favourite lyrics on the album are:

Every single day, yeah I dig a grave,
Then I sit inside it,
Wondering if I’ll behave,
It’s a game I play,
and I hate to say that you’re the worst and best thing,
That’s happened to me

“If you’re listening to this album, and you’re suffering in any type of way, just know that that that suffering within itself is a sign of your humanity and you’re not broken. You’re connected to the whole world. And we are one giant body. One full entity and the whole you is having a whole human experience.”

About keeping her music private:

“I’ve kept everything on lock and I’m super private about my music. I don’t play it for everyone. I keep it for myself.” 

About Elton John:

“He’s been my mentor for a long time. He’s always challenged me to keep my head above water. It’s something that I always appreciate is that he always knows when I’m down, he just does. He knows because I hide, because I don’t like anyone seeing me when I’m like that. Elton’s always really challenged me to take care of my artistry and myself. I really honour that about him. He is so uniquely special and I can’t tell you how instrumental he’s been in my life.”

About Celine Dion and female mentors:

“Celine Dion has been such a warm and beautiful human being to me. In terms of having a female mentor that goes “this is how it’s done”, other than her and Carole King, who I briefly met, who was very supportive and loving of my career; it’s proven difficult for me to have someone in my life that would show me the way. Having Elton and David has been so wonderful.”

About supporting other artists:

“I love Billie Eilish, I love all these younger artists, I’m there for you, I love you. I am not in competition with anyone, I want everyone to win. I want to support and love.”

About kindness:

“I feel that my rebellion in life is to be kind to almost an annoyance to people. I remember what award show, Billie has won so many awards. There was one night where she swept a whole bunch of them and I said “send her some flowers” and I wrote her a note. For me its healing because I go “that hurt me that I didn’t get that but that’s okay because I’m gonna be that for someone else.””

“I was born this way, this is how I am, I feel this way. I want to help shape and shift culture in a way that is kind. That is my rebellion, that is what makes me a punk. Is that I don’t give a f*ck about people who think I’m annoying cause I talk about doing good things. That is just who I am.”

Her plans after quarantine and when it’s safe to go out:

“I’m probably going to go out to every gay club that I can find when I’m allowed to go, and hug and kiss every human I come in contact to when it’s safe to. I just love people so much.”

What do you think?

Legend Monster

Written by Gaga Media

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