2014 has been an amazing year for Lorde so far: she brought home two GRAMMY awards for her debut, Pure Heroine, she played to adoring crowds at Coachella and in plenty of sold out venues the world over, and now she's taken Chicago by storm at Lollapalooza.
She took a break backstage to speak with Fuse's Esteban Serrano about the crazy year she's had since the release of Pure Heroine, and she let it slip that she's got two huge things on her mind as the summer winds down: her sights are set on an intense new live show, and she's been writing new music on the road.
"I definitely need to get into a studio to nut it out, but I have been writing on the road," she reveals. "I'm pretty busy right now with a bunch of stuff, but I'm hoping to put something out sometime in the future."
Lorde's North American fall tour, which will take her from coast to coast September 5-October 12, is the trek she's been waiting for. "Everything else has felt like the warmup for this tour," she says. "It's so special to me, and I've been working so hard on it. It's beautiful. it's really stylized. There are really amazing costume changes. It's cool. I'm so psyched on it ... We're reinventing heaps of the songs for the tour, adding cool little musical parts, doing little snippets of covers and all that sort of stuff."
It'd be great if Diplo's rad remix of "Tennis Court" makes the cut for the new jaunt, because we can't stop listening to it, and neither can Lorde, apparently. It turns out the DJ and the pop star have been friends for awhile, and it was only a matter of time before he gave "Tennis Court" a proper spin. "Wes and I have been friends for awhile," she says. "He's like my weird older brother that I just tease about everything. We just completely rip on each other all the time ... 'Tennis Court' has been a favorite of his for a really long time. He keeps playing it in [his] sets and stuff, so he was just like, 'I wanna do a remix.'"
And hey, maybe she'll work a line or two in from "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Foil," his cover of "Royals" that helped his own Mandatory Fun launch to the top of the charts upon its release. She loves the cover and is a big fan of music's favorite comedian. "I was so psyched! I have memories of listening to 'Weird Al' songs on an iPod, like, the chunky one, the big, big one, when I was 10! It's an honor."
As for those GRAMMYs? She hasn't pulled a Blue Ivy and turned the golden awards into drinking vessels just yet: "I don't want to be weird about the fact that there's a GRAMMY on my kitchen bench or whatever, but it's a pretty cool. It's a pretty cool thing to happen, especially for something I made when I was super young. I haven't drunk anything out of it. I feel like that's the thing, drinking champagne out of it ... I haven't sippy-cupped it yet!"
Hopefully, that's the first thing she does when she gets home after this incredible tour! For more dispatches from Lollapalooza, keep your eyes peeled to our spot for all things Lolla 2014.