Jaguar Jonze, Eves Karydas and more on Lana Del Rey ‘video games’ | New


Ten years ago this month, a mysterious, enigmatic and undeniably alluring popstar-in-training made her major debut. With a brooding look, orchestral grandeur and a singular voice drenched in melancholy, Lana Del Rey, Elizabeth Grant’s professional nickname, shot the world overnight. “Video Games” launched one of pop’s most fascinating careers, as Del Rey gracefully oscillated between mainstream obsession and obscene mystique. For much of her career, she felt like a real star – private, inaccessible, heavily criticized. While Del Rey has more recently turned outspoken in response to his criticisms, showing a very specific type of defense and privilege, cultural fascination still exists: in part because its influence is pervasive.

It’s hard to imagine that Lorde, Halsey, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and other pop behemoths would have had the success they have had they not followed the trail Del Rey set out for them. Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen have both publicly declared that she is one of the best songwriters alive. Even Adele, last week, said she loved him. But, although she only performed two tours in Australia, her influence can be seen in our own artists. But don’t take our word for it – we spoke to eight different Australian artists about how Lana Del Rey has shaped not only their careers, but their art itself.

Eves Karydas

One day, I stumbled upon “Video Games” on YouTube and I was completely in love. The song alone – breathtaking. But associated with the video, which she edited herself, it offered a whole world that I had never seen before in any other artist. It was a new and exciting feeling.

After the release of her debut album, it was impossible to escape the sound of “Lana” – everyone started doing it.

Strings, vintage samples and hip-hop influenced drum lineup. I still hear that sound 10 years later and honestly think he’s stuck because no one can do it better than Lana and he’s remained untouchable in a way. There are countless dollar store impersonators out there, but Lana is a god and we all live in her world.

Jack Colwell

I remember seeing Lana before hearing her.

I read about it online. Someone said she was a freelance artist backed by a huge label. That she wasn’t sincere, or that her father was really rich. I do not remember. It was before this SNL performance, everyone was already trying to discredit her, and there were a few brilliant photos of her circulating the internet wearing flower crowns, sucking on lollipops, wearing Lolita’s sunglasses. The SNL the performance was called a disaster, Juliette Lewis described her as a “12 year old girl singing in her bedroom”, and memes at the start of their puberty have ping pong in cyberspace, jokes of Lana twirling in a blender unable to occur.

It seemed like she was reduced to ashes and gutted just for having existed, like some sort of Mary Magdalene, or a fallen woman in a Victorian novel that had no chance and whose only role was to both suffer in public and private.

But the interesting thing is that while Lana may have been in pain, she still came out swinging. What does it say about our culture that we have critically appraised someone’s background, place, talent, role and impact by looking at them from the outside as they learns only to spread its wings.

Lana has a special place in my heart for her unwavering dedication to music, sound and vision. She is a true architect in much the same way as Kate Bush or David Bowie or even David Lynch, where her singular vision, inspiration and desire are unwavering as she builds and builds entire universes around her, layer after layer. layer, to shelter his ideas and his meditations. Her impact and identity in shaping, moving, influencing and impacting culture is undeniable, and I’m never interested in following and devoting time to the work of “the most despised woman in the modern world”.


The first time I heard “Born to Die” I literally couldn’t believe my ears. I had never heard such a voice, melody or lyricism; and I listen to a lot of music from a wide variety of genres. I’m a musician / artist who was a writer / poet before a singer, so the irony of the “Born to Die” moment really stood out to me. It’s so simple, yet so filled with subtext content.

She’s steadfast in her authenticity and clearly doesn’t care what other people think. This is mostly what I try to carry with me throughout my career. I tend to worry so much about what other people think, but that’s when stories can be crushed and visions crushed. I enjoy my ability to write and produce music as a queer woman, as well as styling, designing, directing and editing music videos creatively without depending on anyone.

Angeline Armstrong of Telenova

I admire the way Lana has carved out a whole new world for herself – all of her work is like an ongoing movie with herself as the central character. Being a filmmaker and musician myself, it inspired me to look beyond pure songwriting to build a world around my music. It opened my eyes to the art that compliments and builds on the songs themselves.

There is a simultaneous air of grace and cunning in his art. As a young woman, Lana paved the way for me – and a whole host of contemporary musicians – to be daring in exploring a personal feminine fragility, without losing sight of the inner strength that allows this vulnerability to exist. ‘exist in the first place. . She has followed this line since day one of “Video Games” and continues to unravel the intricacies of the female psyche with nuance and compassion.

Parissa Topif of the Vallis Alps

Whenever I’m lost with the lyrics and try to get into the flow state, I turn to Lana’s lyrics to help me feel the emotions to guide me there. They’ve shaped the way I see storytelling and inspired me to be more vulnerable over the years and I’m grateful to them for that.


I first heard of her on Tumblr in 2013, [a platform] which I believe she personally invented on her own. Lana had this website in a choke, and my timeline was ruled by the GIFs of her short Tropic. Born to die was the soundtrack to my summer that year, its woozy glamor and romance of toxicity serving as that exciting escape from the mundane for my introverted homebody baby.

While she seems to have a love affair with controversy, I don’t think anyone can refute the fact that Lana defined a huge subsection of pop culture with some of her previous releases and her visual identity. Although unwittingly, she played an undeniable role in the formation of Tumblr, which served as the breeding ground for countless young bedroom pop writers and artists – myself included.

Jaguar Jonze

In all fairness, it took me a while to digest the first moment I listened to Lana Del Rey because it was so different from the pop that I had consumed until then. It was kind of like a roller coaster going so fast and you expect the same momentum, but it suddenly slows down so hard to turn into a left turn, and it’s still a different kind of thrill. This was what Lana Del Rey’s music sounded like to me in my first moment.

She influenced my music because she helped give me permission to make genre music that can still be classified as pop. You can be touching, you can be brooding, you can be fragile but still attract attention. She is one of the artists I think of in the dominant world that has not been defined by the pressures and expectations of her environment. She is one of the few pop artists to have built entire worlds around them and to do unconventional conventionality.

Phebe starr

When I was at school, there was an older bully on the bus who, after singing at a performance at school, said to me, “You have a deep man’s voice. You sing like a Brian ”. He called me Brian until he left school. I had always had a huge range and liked the low vocals, but most of the pop music that was around was shrill and wispy. Hearing Lana sing for the first time, I thought ‘She can sing low like me!’ She is tough and beautiful and her voice has a weighted depth. It didn’t take away from his power, and it encouraged me to find mine.

I read somewhere that the most progressive thing a woman can do is live without shame. Lana is a soft power superhero. Her artistry has encrypted the female narrative with compelling and powerful emotions that will leave most listeners on her side. The romanticization of the sad girl story makes women’s stories acceptable. I can see it in my own work, in Lorde, Billie Elish. It’s like saying “Hey, I’m going to release my vulnerability and my trauma in my songs.” I am going to make it so beautiful that you are going to wish that it was also your sorrow “.

Words and interviews from Jackson Langford, senior music and culture writer at MTV Australia. Hot plugs at @jacksonlangford and hotter pics at @jacksonlangford.

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