I don't care what people think of me, unless they think I'm mean or something, but I don't care if they think I'm like someone else because I know I'm not - I'm a total weirdo. I'm not selling a dream; I'm not selling fame like it is some sort of fantastic thing. I'm just trying to sell music and get on with my real life.
I love watching reality TV, but being part of making it was just demoralizing.
I have a family I love. They tend to say, 'Great job!' Or 'You work really hard! Good for you!' Or 'You look nice today!' Or 'Don't be ridiculous, order the fries!' Or 'You are hilarious.' That's all the family I need.
The melody will tell me what the song should be about, the tone of the song. That's when the intellect comes in. Because I have a list of possible titles and concepts, and I expand on that.
That would really be my fantasy - maybe just do three shows a year and each year in a different city, just singing for the people who really want to see it, and then just write for other people. I do love to sing, but I'm just as happy singing in the bathtub, you know?
I think that, to some degree, being irreverent is the only reason I continue to be successful.
I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet.
I really felt like 'Chandelier' was a big pop song. But we weren't sure what would happen if I wasn't willing to show my face and do promo and go on tour and do the traditional kind of pop strategy. So I had no expectations.
I'm fine around other people's feelings. It doesn't make me nervous or anxious.
I love the idea of how fast can we make the song, but I don't think that I'm necessarily, like, a super-talented songwriter. I think I'm just really productive. One out of 10 songs is a hit.
When I'm writing a pop song, I'll just write formulaically, strategically.
I'm an advocate of 'it's not what you are, it's who you are.'
I really feel like I've nailed songwriting. It's my specialty; it's what I'm good at.
I was a slightly overweight, spiky-fringed, rat's-tailed '80s girl who was just showing up. That's all I've ever really done to get here, just kept showing up. Even when I didn't want to. That's what I do.
I was pretty much tap dancing for attention from a very early age.
Knowing now what goes into making a successful artist, it's disheartening.
I started dating JD Samson from Le Tigre, and suddenly I was listening to more up-tempo music and old dance music, like ESG and Gang of Four, and I thought, 'Wow. This is fun.'
That's why 'Chandelier' was interesting to me... I wrote the song because there's so many party-girl anthems in pop. And I thought it'd be interesting to do a different take on that.
I love hip hop, and I have a bunch of urban songs I write for fun that I can't put on my albums because people would laugh and point.
All I really want to do is things I haven't done. 'I'm gonna put a paper bag on my head and be on the cover of 'Billboard,' see what I can get away with - if they'll let me.' And they let me. And I am literally giggling inside for, like, a month that I got away with it.
I don't really identify as gay; I don't really know what I am.
I don't need to be rich anymore; I don't need to be a millionaire.
I'm just trying to work out a way to be a singer and to create cool content. I'm willing to do that as an entertainer. But I'm not willing to give up my actual self.
'Chandelier' took, like, four minutes to write the chords, then, like, 12-15 minutes to write the lyrics. Probably 10 or 15 minutes to cut the vocals.
Probably from, like, 10 to 14 or 15, I would just listen to pop radio.
I have social anxiety. It's easier up on stage because there's security in being there. When I'm off stage I'm trying not to be a manic freak. I'm quite shy.
I don't care about commercial success. I get to do what I love and communicate whatever I want.
I don't need to sing in front of thousands, as I can sing in the shower.
When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it's difficult to find your own identity.
I think it's impossible not to see something you wanted happen to someone else and maybe wish it for yourself.
Like when I'm singing live I can't hear myself. I'm just listening to the rest of the band. To listen to my voice, it doesn't even feel like it's me.
I'll be the songwriter for pop stars and then they can be the front person and I don't have to be famous.
Usually, the song will tell me who it belongs to. It seems clear to me who would do a good job with it, who it suits.