On Her Inspiration for the Songs, the Recording Process, Her 5th Studio Album “Joanne,” Her Upcoming Cookbook, and Friends’ and Her Family’s Influence Over the Album.
Pop singer-songwriter Lady Gaga came out with her fifth studio album “Joanne.” On this record, Gaga goes out of her way to try to connect with her fans by digging deep into her emotions to pull out her most painful feelings and letting them out in music. She talks about her inspiration for the songs, the recording process, her upcoming cookbook, and friends’ and her family’s influence over the album.
Q: What was more work? Passing your driving test or doing the record, “Joanne”?
LG: The record (laughs). Absolutely. It’s like open heart surgery to do a record. You have to dig deeper and deeper. It’s painful, and then when it’s over you’re healed again.
Q: Was the plan to come out with a big single like “Perfect Illusion?”
LG: You know, we didn’t have a big plan with what the first single should be. “Perfect Illusion” just stood out with its energy, and it has a bit of anger and rage in it, which is something that I feel and it’s something that I feel people can be healed by. Once you start feeling less ashamed of your rage, you can let loose and navigate what is real and what isn’t. That’s what “Perfect Illusion” is all about.
Q: What are you raging about?
LG: I’m raging with who I’m singing to and all of the confusion. It’s really not against anyone. There’s nothing hateful intended on the record or accusatory. This record is about how we generally are experiencing life. Social media is a series of scrolled images. Image after image of filtered illusions. How do we find what is real? When you compare that to real-life relationships and what we see on the news, then you start to say, ‘Maybe it’s possible. Should I accept the fact that not everything that I am seeing is reality?’ This is the point of that song. It’s about acceptance.
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