Sky Ferreira's New EP Ghost: "It's A Lot More Personal"

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For someone who put out a song called "Sex Rules" at the age of 17 and regularly appears on Terry Richardson's Tumblr, you'd think Sky Ferreira would be the next in-your-face pop star, a barely-legal Lolita who kicks out a footlight or two in a mini skirt while turning heads with her insatiable vocal prowess. Basking in the glow of an ever-brightening spotlight wasn't--and isn't--on her agenda, and now, as she celebrates the success of October's Ghost EP while readying for the release of a proper full-length debut in early 2013, Ferreira is spending the majority of her time on tour singing the songs she actually wants to play without anyone telling her what to do.

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"This is kind of the first time I've made the transition from playing fashion parties where no one is paying attention to playing shows where everyone knows the songs and it's sold out and packed," she says. "It's a really different experience." Ferreira, who considers the five songs of Ghost to be the most personal she's put out to date, approaches her performances with a focus that reflects this disdain for superficial hype: when she takes the stage, she's barely lit, awash in neon blues and fluorescent fuschias as she clutches at her microphone and belts the bars out. No choreography, no bullshit routines, no stunts for the photographers--Ferreira appears to care only about the chorus welling up in her throat before its out there and lapped up by the crowd before her. Before her show tonight at Mercury Lounge, we briefly caught up with Ferreira about Ghost, the tour and how she keeps it together on the road.

You're a busy gal with a completely insane touring schedule. What's been the most eye-opening experience on this crazy ride so far?
I've been really busy--I haven't had a free day since CMJ, really. It's been really exciting. I've met a lot of my fans, and I've been traveling a lot.

What are you listening to on the road? What's currently on your iPod?
I've been listening to Tame Impala, Twin Shadow and Cass McCombs. And DIIV! I've been listening to them a lot lately.

What's been really working for you during the set? What's your favorite song to play?
I like playing "You're Not The One" and "Sad Dream," but I just played "Ghost" for the first time in L.A. and I really enjoyed that, but we'll see. It depends on the night.

Now, you're a classically trained singer and you've been working on your technique since you were a kid. Would you say that your classical chops have helped shape you as a performer?
Definitely. I'm very cautious about my voice. When it comes to the show, it's not really about the show or the performance of the show--I mean, it is--but it's about my vocal performance at the end of the day. I'm a songwriter, but I'm a vocalist.

That's gotta be tough given what the tour requires of you. How do you keep it together?
I sleep when I get the chance [Laughs]. I try not to get too crazy on the road.

Location Info


The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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