Exclusive: Lana Del Rey Considered Quitting Music

After the backlash to ‘Born To Die’…
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In an interview with Clash for this month’s special American Dream-themed issue, Lana Del Rey admitted that she considered quitting music after her breakthrough album ‘Born To Die’.

Speaking with our own Joe Zadeh in California, she shed some light on her feelings at the time of the criticism that accompanied her early rise to fame.

In response to us asking regarding whether some of the criticism ever made her resent becoming a musician, she responded:

“All the time. Every day. I didn't want to do it, ever. You can make music, just for making music – you don't have to put it on YouTube. That was definitely a viable option for me. I have a lot of passions and making music was always something I would do for fun.

“But from what happened, it wasn't worth it most of the time. It’s still not really worth all the bullshit. But, meeting people like Dan Auerbach, making a record (‘Ultraviolence’) that is perfect for me, and being able to tell my story through music – that is totally amazing. But that is where it begins and ends. Sometimes I meet people who are really cool, but most of the time it isn't like that.”

Our full cover story interview appears in this month’s Clash magazine, which you can buy online here.

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