“If you’re not gonna write your own music, you better be able to blow. Because if you can’t blow, there’s no reason to do the job. But then you think about artists that can’t really sing, that have songs written for them, and it’s like, well why are they artists? Why are companies paying money to promote them? Because they’re beautiful and look good on camera and are kinda-sorta singing along? It’s like karaoke for pretty girls. When you’re a singer-songwriter it doesn’t really matter if you’re beautiful. What matters is that you create a relationship with your fans, and they care what you have to say.”
I have never been more honest live than I am during this tour for ‘ARTPOP’. Some nights ‘Swine’, you know, a very personal song is as cathartic as justice and other nights I don’t want to be reminded. You can always tell. I’m always so happy to be on stage but with depression there are certain performances that I can’t get through. I don’t have the energy. I remember wanting to play ‘You and I’ since night one but after my Roseland shows I couldn’t actually do it. It was hard. This is what being a songwriter means. You can want to play some of your best songs and decide not to just because it’s too raw, too emotional, too personal. I want to give my fans everything and sometimes I have nothing. Do you know what I mean? When I sing these songs I’m singing from a place that not many of my fellow pop girls want to reach. That’s why I have the connection I do with my fans, my monsters, my friends, my babies. It’s real. I’ve sang lyrics as recently as last night with a certain look in my eyes and I look in the crowd and I know they’re on the same page. They know when it hurts and I do, too.