Olivia Rodrigo discussed being a songwriter first and a successful pop star.
1. Olivia Rodrigo’s vintage interview: she loves composing
2. Olivia Rodrigo explained why she joined Interscope.
The Gen-Z pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo broke the news again with her latest album Sour. Rodrigo spoke to Billboard in 2021 about her goals and desire to collaborate with other musicians. She said songwriting excited her most.
Olivia Rodrigo stated that songwriting will always come first.
Billboard quoted her as saying, “The second the album cycle for this is over and I’m not traveling, that’s the one thing that I want to do so bad.” She continued, “I always wanted to do that—maybe when I was 30 and had kids, I’d quit making music and write for others. Simply because I adore songwriting. I prefer songwriting over performing.”
Driver’s License vocalist explained why she signed with Interscope although she had other options in the interview. The other large labels said, ‘Oh, you could be a star,'” Janick told me, “We love your songwriting,” when I first entered Interscope. Our main concern is that you’re a fantastic lyricist. I thought, ‘Oh, OK, this is where I’m supposed to be.'”
Olivia Rodrigo discussed her commercial success as a pop artist.
Rodrigo told The Guardian that she valued song lyrics over fame. Her words: “To a certain degree, having really commercially successful music means that lots of people are really affected by your music and really like it, and that’s awesome in and of itself.”
She added, “If my music is commercially successful, I did well. Some of my favorite artists aren’t economically successful, but it doesn’t imply they’re less great.”
Olivia Rodrigo doesn’t believe in romantic backtracking! The 20-year-old told Pitchfork what she thinks is overrated and underappreciated, including getting back together with your ex, singing at awards events, heartbreak, and more.
Rodrigo strongly voted overrated when questioned about trying things out with your ex for a second (or third) time. “Getting back together with your ex, you guys, the sequel is never as good as the original,” a “Vampire” performer said. “Never.”
Instead, as evidenced by her award-winning career, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alum is a proponent of turning grief into hits. “I mean, heartbreak, I’m actually gonna have to go with underrated,” Rodrigo replied. “I believe that if I had never experienced heartbreak in my life, I would not be half the person I am today, and I would not know myself nearly as well.” Or, in fact, any of my tunes.”
Rodrigo’s music has frequently piqued her attention in her love life. Her debut album was reported to be heavily influenced by her failed affair with HSM: TM: TS co-star Joshua Bassett. She was rumored to be dating 26-year-old producer Adam Faze in 2021, however the couple split in early 2022. Later, she was linked to DJ Zack Bia. They decided to call their quits in August 2022.
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Fans of Olivia Rodrigo speculate that ‘Vampire’ was inspired by these two ex-boyfriends.
When the singer released her sophomore album, Guts, earlier this month, the publication of its first single, “Vampire,” in June sparked speculation that the song was about Bia. In an interview with GQ, the DJ addressed the rumors, revealing that he does not believe the song is about him.
“I don’t really think it’s about me,” Bia told the magazine. “I think the internet just ran with it.”
Bia admitted that he may be a fictional composite character, saying, “Look, I’m in the industry, so I know how a song gets made,” while adamantly rejecting that their relationship was worthy of a breakup song. “We hung out, but we’re both busy, so we didn’t pursue our relationship any further.” You know, there was never any drama?”
Furthermore, Bia praised “Vampire,” calling it as a smash hit. “The song’s so big and awesome,” he tells GQ. “Look, a heartbreak song for the summertime, it’s an undefeated formula.”
Rodrigo talked up about feeling pressure after releasing Sour in 2021, her debut album that gave her celebrity as well as a permission to “make mistakes,” which she claims was obvious in the people she chose to date in a profile with The New York Times last month.
“I had such a desire to live and experience things and make mistakes and grow after Sour came out, I kind of felt this pressure to be this girl that I thought everyone expected me to be,” she recounts. “And I think because of that pressure, maybe I did things that maybe I shouldn’t have — dated people I shouldn’t have.”
Rodrigo will not make the same choices again, based on her ideas on romantic second chances.