Lana Del Rey: ‘Working with The Black Keys made me feel interesting’

Singer teamed up with frontman Dan Auerbach on new album 'Ultraviolence'

Lana Del Rey has discussed the role that confidence played in the making of her new album, and how it was only working with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys that made her feel interesting.

‘Ultraviolence’ is Lana Del Rey’s second album and the follow-up to her 2012 debut ‘Born To Die’. It was released last month (June) and went to straight to Number One in the UK. Auerbach produced a number of tracks including lead single ‘West Coast’.

Speaking to Zane Lowe as part of an interview that aired on BBC Radio 1 last night (July 7), Del Rey explained how she can’t make music without feeling comfortable in her environment. “Obviously, it’s impossible to write a record if you don’t feel really sensual about it and confident. And I think for me, what makes me confident changes every day… but generally I would say confidence for me just comes from being really happy and that could be anything down to my environment or being lucky enough to have my muse with me, [or hearing] a really amazing melody for the first time.”

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On the subject of working with Auerbach, Del Rey continued: “At the point I met Dan I didn’t feel that confident. It sounds strange but him being interested in me made me feel interesting. He was a guy and he just kind of treated me like this New Yorker girl who wanted to make a record and was like, ‘Hey, let’s just see what happens.’ But he was in love with the songs.”

Del Rey did not discuss her controversial Kurt Cobain comments to Lowe. The comments led Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt’s daughter, to address Del Rey via Twitter, urging her to “Embrace life, because you only get one”.

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