Lorde crossed a milestone over the weekend. The 17-year-old Pure Heroine singer took part in her first-ever Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on December 15. Like Vampire Weekend's AMA from earlier this year, the hour-long Q&A afforded the New Zealand wunderkind a chance to crack a few decent jokes, answer questions regarding her career and personal life, and even recount the time that she met VW frontman Ezra Koenig.
The SPIN interview subject also confirmed that she'll be hitting the North American festival circuit in 2014 ("YES!,") promised that merch is on the way ("it's simple and beautiful. will feature embroidery."), and weighed in on Puddles the Clown's cover of "Royals" ("it's my FAVOURITE"). We've collected the best bits from Lorde's AMA — find them below.
And scroll down further for Lorde's 2014 U.S. tour dates. The Grammy-nominated pop siren has announced a 16-date itinerary that begins on March 3 at Austin, Texas' Austin Music Hall and ends on March 26 with a gig at the 2,800-capacity Fox Theater in Oakland, California.
Does Lorde regret starting her musical career so young? "actually, no. i feel like i learnt early on how things worked and that gave me a good understanding of what could be fucked with/which rules were dumb and shouldn't have to be followed. plus, i can sit down with basically the most intimidating people in the industry and not flinch. and maybe even make them flinch. or cry. heh."
Does Lorde plan on finishing school someday? "not sure yet! obviously it's hard at the moment, although i do read theses/academic writing from teachers regularly. i read this cool thing jennifer lawrence said the other day about learning about the world through books vs. her real world experience, and i'm definitely feelin that right now. but maybe that's just a lazy person's excuse"
How does Lorde respond to criticisms over her performance style? "i know when i'm onstage, i don't think about how it looks, i just concentrate on really feeling what i hear. but i totally know i look like gollum when i perform, so it's cool."
What Pure Heroine songs would Lorde like to film her next music video for? "can't decide between ribs, 400 lux and buzzcut. feel free to decide for me, reddit"
What's with all the lyrical references to teeth on Pure Heroine? "just a weird obsession that has been with me always. ironically, i hate dentists."
Why do you hate dentists, Lorde? "what can i say? the whole experience hit a nerve."
Has Lorde ever met Ezra Koenig? "yep, he used the word 'schwag' without blinking and i taught him the meaning of the word rude as in those are some rude-ass pajamas you wore onstage tonight, man"
Lorde 2014 U.S. tour dates:
March 3 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
March 4 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
March 5 - Houston, TX @ Bayou
March 7 - Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
March 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
March 11 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
March 12 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
March 14 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum
March 15 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
March 16 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
March 18 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon
March 20 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
March 21 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
March 22 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
March 24 - Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
March 26 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater