David Byrne Shares His Experience Hearing Lorde’s Music For The First Time

By Divya G

David Bryne recalls the time he heard Lorde’s music for the first time. 

The two were discussing it as a part of the new “Musicians on Musicians” cover series by Rolling Stone. Bryne confessed to the New Zealand musician that he loved the minimalism in her music. He exclaimed: “I listened to your music several years ago. One of the things that hit me right into my musical veins was how minimal your music was. I noticed that a lot of things were going around the vocal area with harmonies, but speaking musically, it was a heart-ripping performance. That knocked me down, to be honest. I thought there’s so much that I could learn from that.” 

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He questioned Lorde: “Did you get any specific pushback in the start? Like adding this or that to the production? 

Lorde replied: “It’s funny to hear that from you. When I released the song ‘Royals’ on the platform SoundCloud for free, I received a quick offer from an American record company, and they were saying, ‘You need to put a bit more into the song for the real version’ Oh, it’s the real version!”


Here, Bryne added: “So, you felt this with the sense of this is what it’s going to be?” To which Lorde replied: “Yes, I always admired the Ira Glass quote, where he speaks on being young. “You have a taste but not skill. So, make things that are not right while your taste remains intact, leading you to where you want to go eventually.”