This afternoon, Lana Del Rey premiered her newest single from the upcoming Honeymoon, "High by the Beach," alongside an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. It was a rare glimpse into the process and persona of one of pop's more enigmatic figures.
Lana spoke about a number of topics — her working relationship with James Franco, her jam-packed schedule, her continuous songwriting process — but the most interesting tidbit came near the end of the conversation, when Lowe asked her about her non-musical interests:
Lowe: What about interests outside of music? Would you like to go into other arts, other areas, explore other things? Because you’ve been making an album and touring, making an album and touring, and I know that is the primary passion — but obviously, to inject some kind of energy, some kind of enthusiasm, people try other things.
Del Rey: I do have other interests, but they’re not really artistically related. It’s more tech stuff from the last ten years, I kinda got that from my dad.
Lowe: Are you in the IP business?
Del Rey: Not exactly... for instance, what Elon Musk is doing with SpaceX, things like that. Just seeing where we’re going, because technologically, we’re advancing so quickly, I don’t want to miss any of it. I feel like we’re on the cusp just the way they were in the ‘60s, but in a different way.
Lowe: Have you had a chance to talk to Elon about it?
Del Rey: Yeah.
Lowe: Wow, what was that like?
Del Rey: Amazing… it was one of the best days of my life.
I have so many questions. Is Lana going to be on the first rocket to Mars? Was she heartbroken over the failed launch of Falcon 9? Is she going to record a few sequels to "High by the Beach" that involve getting stoned at locations throughout the solar system? I demand another interview — in fact, I demand an interview with Musk conducted by Lana herself — and I won't rest until we're privy to what are surely some fascinating inter-disciplinary conversations. (She's mentioned their meeting in passing before, but not her specific area of interest or extreme enthusiasm.)
If you're interested in hearing more from the interview — Lana's interest in mixing and mastering records, her relationship to the public, the way she pays off paparazzi to ensure they only sell decent photos of her — you can listen to her full chat with Lowe here.