Just Chat… with Lady GaGa.

By Adem | October, 7, 2008 | 49 comments

Dear Readers.

I’ve had to suspend comments for this particular post because idiotic morons keep thinking I AM Lady Gaga. Why? Because they’re fucking idiotic morons who should all be put in a field and shot. STOP BEING A FUCKING IDIOT.

So about two months ago I spoke with Lady Gaga. Now that her debut album “The Fame” is out in Australia and is set for release in the United States, I figured now would be as good a time as ever to post the piece. So without further ado, it’s time to get Gaga, Crazy.

Hello Lady GaGa, how are you?
Very well thanks Adem how are you?

Very well. The day has been kind?
Oh yeah, it’s been a great day, just really busy is all.

Let’s get on with it shall we?
Sounds good.

You’ve been likened to Madonna, Deborah Harry and even David Bowie. Obvious influences then yes?
I would absolutely consider Madonna, Deborah Harry and David Bowie as influences. You know, Madonna for her provocative stage show, David Bowie for his provocative imagery and the high concept of his visuals, and Debbie Harry for being a blonde icon with a rock and roll heart.

So aside from those three, what other music did you immerse yourself in as you grew up?
I listened to a lot of classical music when I was really little, my parents used to play it at home. But as I got older I discovered rock & roll and listened to Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and then, after I dropped out of college after a year, I got into metal, and I just started really falling in love with theatrical rock, or rock opera. Lots of dramatic pop music, so I started to really analyse Queen’s work, Bowie’s work, even Black Sabbath. Just the way they incorporated theatrics into their performances, it changes the way you hear the music and how it affects the way that you write the music.

“Just Dance” sounds like a song that was either written personally for many of us or someone in our circle friends.
(Laughs) It’s a very relatable song.

Oh absolutely.
The song was written in about five minutes, it happened really really quickly, Red One and Akon were in the studio with me, and Red One played that synth (starts humming the “Just Dance’ synth) and I went (starts singing lyrics from “Just Dance.”) And I looked at him and said ‘What if this song is about getting drunk? Like being too drunk at a party, and he was, like, that’s fucking brilliant. We hear a lot of records singing about “let’s get drunk,” or “last night I was drunk” (laughs) but there’s not a whole lot of that, there’s not a real documentation of that truly shitfaced moment (laughs again.)

So the lyrics are somewhat autobiographical then?
Oh god yeah, definitely! That was my lifestyle in New York, my friends and I would have parties, get dressed up for ourselves; it was our way of feeling ‘the fame’ (!?), very autobiographical. It just was really, like, honest, and came out really fast.

It really details the arse end of a Saturday night for most of us…
(Laughs again) I think every young person on the planet can relate to that particular lyric “where are my keys I’ve lost my phone” (More laughter.)

The video clip is pretty brilliant. How long did it take you to whip that up?
22 years! (Laughs.) That video was my first, and I knew that I wanted it to not be in a dance club, I wanted it to be something that was a little more confusing, fusing great party life with performance art. It’s funny because people find the video to be kind of provocative and I’m just acting what the songs about, you know?

And then there’s the whale…
I always thinks it’s funny how people watch my video on youtube and they comment “why is she humping a whale?” It’s hysterical.

It’s the greatest moment in that clip.
I love it because, when have you ever seen that? You just haven’t. It’s completely sexual, provocative and wrong, but for me it’s performance art. And, uh, I hope I’m really challenging the way people see sexuality. I’m not very sexy in that video, but if you were to play my video next to any other pop female artists that is sexy in her video, it’s a very different type of sexy. It’s not conventional sexy. Which is probably why people say “She’s got a catchy song, great video, but she’s a little weird.” (Laughs.) People don’t know what to think, I love that.

How healthy do you think the combination of sex and fashion is with pop music?
I don’t really think of it in terms of heart rate (laughs for an extended period of time, seems quite pleased with her joke.) I think that it’s got more to do with how it’s used in the medium. Sex and fashion and self expression, as opposed to a cheap sell.

Knowing what you’re doing…
Exactly. It’s like, you just have to figure out how to use the ideas in an innovative way.

If you were to summarize the sound of your debut album, “The Fame,” what would you say?
Theatrical future pop. Definitely.

In the age of Internet Download and file leaking, how detrimental do you think early leaks for tracks or album tracks are to the overall outcome of someone’s record?
I don’t really think that it matters, honestly. Look at Lil’ Wayne, he leaked his whole album on purpose (laughs) and he’s sold 2 million copies already. You can’t download a superstar, you know? You can download a song, but you can’t download the lifestyle. I would really encourage my fans, just as a tip off from the artist, I’m really close to my work, I noted all of the mixing and the mastering, I wrote everything, I was part of the production on a lot of the record, and just as a side note, all of the material from my album that has leaked is all unmixed and unmastered, some of it hasn’t even ended up on the final album, you know? It’s all mp3 files that were stolen from engineers, and um, you know, I want people to hear it the way I intended them to. It’s more of an artistic thing than telling people “I want you to buy my record.” I want them to hear the music the way I intended for them to hear it, in all its brightness and sonic perfection, I really put so much thought into it and I hope that people see that. And go to the stores, I know you can buy my record digitally on iTunes when it comes out, but I really want my fans to go to a record store, the packaging is an experience as well. Put it in your hands, feel it, look through the lyrics.

The early leaks certainly didn’t hurt your case, did they?
I don’t think that the leaks hurt at all, in fact, as a new artist I think it’s pretty incredible that, I’m not even on the radio in America, and, I’m leaking (laughs.) That’s kind of cool!

Do you think legal digital downloads are on the way of bumping out the physical CD?
I hope not. I intend to do away with that! (Laughs.) I don’t want that to happen I think that’s very sad. There’s so much that’s being deleted, and it’s our jobs as artists when the industry and culture starts to delete stuff that we have to bring it back. So how do we do something else to balance out the equal Librium? When you take away the hard copy, the artist isn’t tangible anymore you know? And does that then mean we’re going to stop doing live performances? What’s gonna happen? We can’t just let that stuff happen. Just Dance is not the only song on the record and it’s certainly not the best. There are, like, so many amazing songs on the album, if I did a good job, people will wanna hear the whole thing.

Things seem to be changing on the US charts; more pop-focused music as opposed to the Urban sound the States have been churning out for years. What do you think has changed?
I think people really miss how they used to feel. I mean I know that I do. My god, I feel like I might start crying talking about this…

Oh dear…
(Long Silence.) I really don’t think that right now music is very inspiring. I think there are still a few artists that are inspiring, but I just remember when I was 11 to like 15 years old, I remember the craze of pop music. And I just remember times square being shut down because you couldn’t get near the TRL studios because some pop star was on the show, and every fan in New York wanted to see their finger. It was just so intense, and I used to sit in front of the TV with a giant blanket wrapped around me like a ball gown and watch the award shows, and I knew exactly who was performing, and I used to watch it and video tape it, then learn the choreography in my room. And it wasn’t just me, it was me along with every other young person in the world.

It’s certainly been quite the opposite in recent years…
Music was everything, it wasn’t just about the hit songs, and I think what’s happening is that people are hungry for that. They miss it. It’s very sad right now, it’s not about sales.

How so?
I don’t know everything, I mean, for real, I don’t know everything, but what I do know about is pop culture, and society as it’s affected by music and art. It’s very sad, it’s subliminal, and, as a culture right now, we’re subconsciously beckoning for change.

Let’s lighten things up a bit! What’s the funniest joke you know?
(Long pause.) It’s a Groucho Marx quote from the movie Annie Hall. It’s something like “I wouldn’t want to go to a party that somebody like me was invited to.” A self loathing, over-intellectual artist, I love it, so funny.

Oh, so more of a movie quote then a joke.
(Silence.) Yeah.

On the topic of all things cinema, If there was to be a Lady Gaga movie, who would you have play your role and why?
Marisa Tomei. Every time I watch My Cousin Vinny, I feel like she’s me. That was almost, like, written about me.

Thank you for our hearty discussion Lady GaGa. Any final thoughts?
(After about 3 minutes of umm-ing and aahh-ing) Pop is back. Take a big whiff.

Mmmm, smells good!

49 Responses to Just Chat… with Lady GaGa.

  • Aaron

    Fantastic Interview!!!!

    Hmm.. I made that exact same comment the first time I saw the video.

    I was pretty impressed with her joke too! – I totally agree with her about Pop Coming Back, the fact that CD’s will never replace downloads (I love packaging too – however, I Think the back cover of The Fame would have been a better cover!) and that people want that feeling back. She seems like she’s got her head screwed on the right way!

  • Jordan

    Great Interview Adem.
    Must catch up soon.
    That is all.
    J

  • Paul

    oh my. I love the “long silence” bit. Not at all awkward. I appreciate her love for music and creativity, but come on love, there are possibly more important things to cry over in the world than the shutting of a record store (unless you work there and are now unemployed and have to shop at Primark)… still great interview :)

  • Yuri

    You weren’t kidding about the interview being awkward! One might even say you are an “interview bully”! LOL… But I wouldn’t! That’s part of the game, Lady G. She’s 22 and obviously has some more living to do, but I do like her. She has the same attitude about sound quality that Annie Lennox does, except Annie L is quite against file sharing.

    And I wouldn’t say that #73 on Billboard counts as “being on the radio”. Yeah, like once a day somewhere, but it’s true, she hasn’t released The Fame over here yet. So I gotta give her some props.

    Great interview, Adem, as always!

  • duane

    Great interview Adem! I was glad to see you brought up the leaking of music; I always wonder what artists think about that. Great stuff!!

  • Mike

    Fabulous stuff! I don’t care about the h8trs, I really like her album and I’m glad she’s doing so well. And Australia must be her biggest market at the moment!

  • Silvan

    Great read! Lady Gaga sounds like the kind of girl you would have a great chat with on a random night. Love her!

  • Poster Girl

    I do always love your interviews, Adem. Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny…I never would’ve thought! I’d say as of now I’m liking somewhere around 8 out of the tracks on the album, which isn’t bad at all.

  • D'luv

    She seems like a good sport. A bit green behind the ears, but a good fucking with a double-headed monster dildo will knock that away.

  • PopGoesCanberra

    Best moments?

    “I’m leaking (laughs)”

    and

    “I might cry talking about this”

    MAGIC!!!!

  • Mark

    wow, what an interview! well done Adem, allot was covered and it was about music, such a rarity in mainstream music interviews! I love her passion for the phycical CD! I think it’s a crime that more cd stores are closing! The electric youth of today will soon be oblivious to how much is put out there the old fashioned way, thank god I’m old!!

  • Sonya

    Totally off topic, but did I see you outside of Inflation the night Lady GaGa performed there? I’m pretty sure you were wearing a Van She T-shirt.

  • Adem

    Thanks to everyone for their kind words; muchly appreciated.

    Sonya: Yes! That was me. You should have come over and said hello!

  • Angel

    Hey how are u ?

    Oh and when u get a chance can u e-mail me at kat.landon@gmail.com thx.

  • Mikaela

    You are a great singer.
    When i hear the son poker face i get my phone and video it.
    And that is why you are a great singer

  • sarah

    hi eny one there?

  • asty

    hey lady gaga i love u so so so so much and im coming to your
    concert cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.luv u long time

  • kayleigh

    ive got a joke

  • kayleigh

    how do u entertain lady gaga just dance

  • kayleigh

    how do u annoy ladygaga pokerface

  • Beautiful Bioch

    wow i totally look up to lady gaga and i’ve met her in New York city one time and she is just beautiful!

  • Beautiful Bioch

    I LOVE LADY GAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • peter

    i love lady gaga and her musik

  • fabiana

    LOVE LADY GAGA. :)

  • Ken

    I like that this interview is with GaGa who hasn’t had the overratedness spilled upon her. I like the early GaGa better. LOL.

  • anne

    hey lady gaga you so stupet

  • betty

    hay ladi gaga i mean Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta i am
    ur biggest fan i no everything about u n i do not belive it but on youtube its says ur a hermaphrodite can u plz tell me if thats true r false?ps ur gourgeous n i luv ur fab style

  • jazmyn hodges

    and all you haters can fall back tuhh’ no one hates on lady gaga

  • saraah

    lady gaga, you are the most amazing women i have ever seen, your music is amazing, you are so cute, and i love you,
    i love all your songs and the videos, i never thought there would be a nicer celeb than you, no-one can get better than you, i love you lady gaga, and your just amazing how you come up with all these amazing outfitss, and songs, your the best!, i dont see how people can not like you, when you are the most custest thing ever!!!?

  • payton

    hey this is payton i just wanted to say that am a very good fan of lady gaga i just hope to meet her one day i am nine yaers old and i think lady gaga is the perfect role model

  • eve

    Hilady gaga i love your new albem i got it for christmas.I love music and i want to be a singer i right my own songs. my nanny and i make costumes like your (Thank you for reading)xxxxxxxxx

  • timothy collins

    i love all your songs and like to see you in concert but we do not have enuogh money to get tickets plus we live in PA and we dont want to travel far. i know i am your biggest fan. plus i love the song bad romance cause you have such a beautiful voice in the song. the music video is awsome to.plus you are so beautiful. poker face is the awsomest song but not better than bad romance. just dance is a good song but still not better than bad romance cause it is your best song. the first time i heard you was the song paparrazi then i started singing to then i heard bad romance and that put it over the top i started to look you up on you tube for your music videos and i wated till your song was on the radio and started to sing along. i would love to see you in person that is my dream come true cause you are the best artist ever no other artist is better than you.

  • kevin costa rica

    amo a lady gaga y me encantaria que hiciera un concierto en costa rica ya que aki la amamos muchooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.!!!

  • Elizabeth B

    I love you lady gaga so much I listen to your songs all the time when I go on the computer!!!!!!!!

  • tashwna

    lady gaga i dont care what noone says about you i think ur sexy and a really nice person u have a great body dont let anybody tell u different

  • chris

    WOW! a realy great interview! Lady Gaga is my FFFAAAVVVOOOUUURRRIIITTTEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I LOVVVEEE her! and i love her work! this was realy inspirational for me as i’m sure it was for almost everyone… She’s got real talent and i could realy see her changing the world ’1 sequin at a time” keep up the Fantastic work!!! :)

  • Brendan

    Lady Gaga is awesome I LOVE U.

  • Fatin Izzaty

    hi lady gaga…i like you…can you give me your email and your call number….my call number is 012-6996753…

  • luis david

    LADY GAGA espero que puedas entender lo que te escribo no me importa lo que tengas para mi tu eres lo mas lindo que e vistoojala puedas darme tu correo

  • julia

    dear lady gaga i hope this is u and if it is u that u read this i wanted 2 b the first one 2 wish u a happy birthday and well 2 tell u that ure never 2 old 2 keep on rocking.ive also heard that u hav been worrieng abt not fitting in i dont know if its true but if it is i want 2 tell u that u r perfect the way u are and thats y u hav all these fans including me and well also beacause of your AMAZING songs!!! I wish i could b the same replicunt of u but i just say that teaching is my future.i also send this comment 2 let u know that i will be wishing u a happy birthday from today and on i hope i can see u one day,u r pretty and very imaginative and if anyone tells u otherwise u can always know that there is someonoe who proves them WRONG

  • lauren

    hi lady ga ga your not real are you beacase i cant see you in my bedroom.

  • abby

    hi you are the best ever my best song is bad romance and the telephone song.

  • abby

    hi its me again because you are the best EVER:-) you wear the best dresses but some people think there weird but i dont.

  • paris

    heyy guys im like ladygagas bigest fan

  • Julie

    I DIDNT CAME HERE 2 SEE A MAN AND GAGA CHATTING.I CAME HERE 2 CHAT WITH GAGA!!

  • Sarah

    Lady gaga is adorable her music is awesome i think she should be the next pop princess. but that is really my opinion others might think she is something else but right now its my opinion.:)

  • Sarah

    She is sexy in those outfits i guess boys only listen to her music is because she is half naked in some of her music videos which it is wat the fans want is just a woman that they can c the girls underdress top chest

  • Mariah At il

    favin izzity what ever ur name is u should take a class 4 english not spanish:(

  • Alex Lee

    Hye…Lady Gaga im your Biggest fan!!! I Love You Soooomuch!!!…..Oh Lady Gaga I love really really Love you….Lady Gaga this iz my Fone numberz 0168803695….
    Lady Gaga pleZz…give me your Fone numberz…… Lady Gaga you so Beauty,Sexcy and everything!!! Oh Lady Gaga i love you sooooooomuch you know…. I have all your album & postarz….