Her Business Tips, Her New Album, Her New Sound, Her New “Good Girl Gone Bad” Look, and Her New Life
By Marcel Anders / The Interview Feed
Photo Credits: Reuters
|“I want to inspire other girls to be that way. I think girls should be more outspoken.” – Singer and Actress, Miley Cyrus|
While on a promotional trip to Berlin/Germany, Miley Cyrus talked about her new album, her new sound, her new look, her new life — as a 20 year old that has outgrown Disney, bad pop music, and bad journalism. Wanting to be a role model and a rebel girl at once, the Nashville native explains why she intends to keep her private life private, why fashion and cutting edge producers are so important, and why flirting with the "good girl gone bad" image is not a calculated business move — at least in her case.
Question: What are you after with the new album? In what way is this like a movie about the last two years in the life of Miley Cyrus?
Miley Cyrus (MC): Yeah, that’s what I have been saying the whole time, that this record is a movie. Because I think it needs to be how in a movie, in the beginning, you want people to understand the characters. You want people to fall in love with the characters. So that’s what I want in the beginning for my record: people understanding my story, who I am. And then you’ve got to go through all of the craziness: the ups and downs in the movie. And the suspense, and then at some point you want to get to the tears, which is what “Wrecking Ball” is. And “Drive” and “Adore You” get people to that point where they just want that happy ending. And then the rest of the record is a party, a party track. So it really is a movie in that way. I want everything to feel that way. That’s why I did my music video the way I did. I want everything to be a big event and represent who I am as a person. And my life and how I’ve changed. But also you just see that I’m just having fun. Nothing´s too over thought or too over planned and choreographed.
Q: Meaning: Instead of you doing interviews all day, people should just listen to the album?
MC: That’s what I’m trying to tell them. No interviews—just listen to the album. But they don’t listen to me. They say it doesn’t work like that.
Q: Another pro would be that you wouldn’t be asked any private questions, either. Why is that so important to you these days? And what went wrong, because you never seemed to have a problem with it?
MC: It was just getting too much — way too much. For some people, that’s all they want to talk about. They ask me about my boyfriend, all about our relationship, and they want to know all about our lives. I mean, there is just no respect for privacy. And they come up with the weirdest rumors, too. Stop digging for dirt, Let me live my life— it’s embarrassing. Respect me for what I am: an artist. And they've crossed the line so many times that I had to set new rules for everybody. And they are simple: My life is private, don’t even go there.
Q: What about toying around with that good girl gone bad-image, then? Is this just having fun?
MC: Yeah, it’s just having fun. I mean, everyone likes to think that it’s so over calculated or that someone taught me how to transition myself. You just grow up and then you reflect that. Your music changes, what I listen to changes, your style changes. Everything just changes naturally. And then, I think people think that someone reprogrammed me. (chuckles) And turned me into someone else, but it’s just, you grow.
Q: Well, you’re not a Disney artist anymore; you’re on your own two feet.
MC: Yeah, a lot of that is having a lot a lot of freedom. I have an awesome label. I have an awesome team that allows me to be really free. The beginning of that freedom was with the “Can’t Stop” video. I said, “OK, everyone. Let me be free on this one. And if it doesn’t work out, you never have to trust me again. But if it goes crazy, you have to always know that I’m ahead of the game. I know what people want to see.” I think where the music industry is going, people are sick of seeing things so staged and overly choreographed and over styled. People just want to see people’s real colors having fun and being young.
Q: So, you just got to be yourself?
MC: Yeah, what an artist is supposed to be. An artist is supposed to tell stories about themselves. And people are supposed to know artists. I think there’s a point where I keep myself mysterious, because I want people to want to listen to my record, but also keep that distance because that’s what being in my position is. I write songs that relate to people. Even though I’m writing a song about my life that very few people can relate to, I turn it where I can make people relate to it. I try to tell a simpler story, but just be inspired by my life.
Q: As simple as having fun, going out, falling in love, and breaking up — universal topics that everyone can relate to?
MC: It’s all normal, exactly. That’s why “Wrecking Ball” is a song that everyone’s felt at some point. Everyone’s had their heart broken. With even “4 X 4,” I wanted to have that Nashville vibe, which it’s been amazing hearing Pharrell being played so much in London, in Germany, even in the Bahamas — that song was following me around. I think it’s because his music doesn’t get stuck to one genre… his music is just classic. He’s just cool. So that’s why I wanted to have him on my record.
Q: Do you get paid for what you love?
MC: Yeah, isn’t that amazing? I always say: “I don’t get paid to go to the studio and I don’t get paid to go on tour. I get paid to deal with paparazzi on the day to day. And I get paid to sit in one room in an amazing city and not even get to see the city.” That’s where the hard work comes in. All the other stuff is the fun stuff. There are just a few parts that are hard work.
Q: So is “We Can’t Stop” just wishful thinking these days?
MC: No, that’s my life. I feel it’s the best way I’ve been able to talk about my record. People are always saying, “You’re everywhere right now. You literally seem like you can’t stop.” That’s the title track of my new record. It feels like my life really is reflecting my single and even the music video. I wanted people to look at it as a real party that I’m at — rather than it looking like what some director puts together or it seeming like people aren’t really having fun. Or that it’s just typical LA people. I wanted it to be of people that are really unique and reflect my friends and my life.
Q: And “4X4,” your collaboration with Nelly? Is that R&B goes country or vice versa?
MC: Yeah. I wanted to have him on the record, because I was really inspired by what Pharrell did with him on “Country Grammar.” He does a lot of cool different records where he mixes urban music and country. So I was really inspired by that and felt I had to have him on “4X4”.
Q: You’re already thinking about the next album then?
MC: Yeah, I know. My team’s saying, “You got to get people to the first one first.” I’m saying, “I know, but my second one I have a completely different vision of what my second one is going to be.”
Q: Are you in musical mode right now, taking time off from acting?
MC: Yeah, I’ve just got so many ideas that I don’t want to be stuck to having to do other people’s ideas right now. I just want to be able to come up with my own character. And I got to direct the “We Can’t Stop” video. So I want to continue to do stuff where I’m really involved. I have a vision, it’s fun watching your vision now come to life. Because on paper, people were looking at me like I was crazy when I was trying to explain what this video was going to be about. They were saying, “We don’t get it.” I said, “You just have to trust me.” And now every time it comes on TV, it feels good. Because I know that it was 100 percent me really fighting for what I wanted—for the video, for the song, and for this whole new stage of my life.
Q: Using the freedom you’ve earned in the past — and taking that to the next level?
MC: Yeah, I definitely feel that everyone has what they need to work up to where they want to end up being. I built an awesome fan base, and I now don’t have to do things for money or to be famous. I’ve already got all that. I can now just create music because I love it. I can just be in the studio and not have to be on a deadline all the time. I don’t have to go to a set, and I don’t have to go work on a movie. I can just focus on making music. There’s no person saying, “Well, we want to have you tour by this point.” It’s all on my own schedule.
Q: Are you a female rebel – speaking out/standing up?
MC: I think I’m just being who I am. I don’t think you have to look the way everyone else does to be considered sexy. That’s why I have short hair, and that’s why I act the way I do or dress the way I do. I think that people have gotten so stuck in stereotypes of what they think is sexy, and what they think women are supposed to be and how women are supposed to act. I’m just the opposite of that. And I want to inspire other girls to be that way. I think girls should be more outspoken. If girls were running the world, it would be a whole different place. It would be very peaceful; everything would be much more in order. And so, yeah, I’m speaking out for our future female Presidents and all that. HBM
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