Although Kiwi singer Lorde has become known for her close group of girlfriends that she’s been surrounding herself with during quarantine, and in the visuals from her latest release Solar Power, it seems she must rely solely on herself when dealing with the anxieties of performing live.
Lorde tells fellow singer and songwriter David Byrne of Talking Heads fame in a new interview for Rolling Stone that she has suffered from “really bad stage fright” over her career and gave some examples of the things she does to overcome those emotions.
Stage fright is "a real problem that I’m trying to get on top of. I try to write something down,” Lorde, who is admittedly a very "sensitive" person, tells Byrne.
Lorde adds, “I tape little notes to the stage for myself, so I would go over and be able to read something that me from the past is trying to tell me from the future,” she admits. “But it’s a real struggle.”
Part of easing the anxiety, she says, also involves “a lot of puzzles on tour.”
“I’m often applying a piece right when it’s time to go, which maybe doesn’t help the stage fright. That’s too much of a change of mood,” Lorde says. "I’m still looking for the puzzle at the first song.”