Lana Del Rey Admits, ‘I Wish I Was Dead Already’
She was discussing her musical heroes Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse when the writer pointed out that death links the two tragic artists. When the reporter tells her not to say things like she wishes she was dead, Del Rey countered, “But I do. I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”
When the writer asked if she meant making music, Del Rey replied, “Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but …” She didn’t finish her sentence.
Del Rey sat down for an extensive interview with the British paper to promote her upcoming album ‘Ultraviolence,’ which will be released on June 17. The album, which was produced by the Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach, is dark, moody and, yes, kinda gloomy … a little like Del Rey these days.
Talk eventually shifted to other subjects before death came up again. This time it had to do with Lou Reed. Del Rey said that the late legend, who died last year, was interested in working with her on her new album. She said she even wrote ‘Ultraviolence”s satirical ‘Brooklyn Baby’ with him in mind.
The 27-year-old singer-songwriter even made a trip to see the ailing Reed. “I took the red eye, touched down at 7AM,” she said. “And two minutes later, he died.”
Hopefully, her mood will lighten a bit as more promotional efforts take swing with the album’s release. In the meantime, here’s the video for ‘West Coast,’ the first single from ‘Ultraviolence':