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Interview is an American magazine which has the nickname "The Crystal Ball of Pop". It was founded in late 1969 by artist Andy Warhol. The magazine features intimate conversations between some of the world's biggest celebrities, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers. Interviews are usually unedited or edited in the eccentric fashion of Warhol's books and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.

March 2010Edit

Sky Ferreira was featured as the spotlight subject.

“There are about as many aspiring female pop singers in Los Angeles as there are plumped lips, out-of-work actors, and medicinal-marijuana clinics. So what makes 17-year-old songstress Sky Ferreira such a special case? Everything, basically. She’s a rough-around-the-edges beauty with a sterling voice, impeccably weird taste, and an almost maniacal inability to take no for an answer. 'I’ve been making music, going out, and sneaking into clubs to see bands since I was about 14,' explains the Hollywood native, who, a year after getting signed, opted for homeschooling to focus her energies on music. 'I basically just bother people until they give in.' Luckily for Ferreira, two people who gave in were Swedish superproducers Bloodshy & Avant, who are providing some electropop finesse on Ferreira’s highly anticipated debut, due out this summer on Capitol. Ferreira caught the attention of said producers (and thousands of lovesick teenagers) via an angsty breakup song she posted on MySpace—'a dramatic 15-year-old’s version of ‘Careless Whisper’ in outer space,' as she describes it—but the well-trod path of semi-disposable romantic pop music isn’t what interests her. 'I don’t really want to write about love, mostly because I don’t have time for it in real life,' she sighs. 'It’s hard to be taken seriously when you’re so young. People want to portray you as a novelty . . . and I’m not one.'”

Credits
  • Photographer — Jason Kibbler, taken in Los Angeles, January 2010.
  • Author — T. Cole Rachel
  • Vest — Levi’s
  • Top — Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Shorts — Bebe
  • Necklace — Tom Binns
  • Fragrance — Bebe Eau de Parfum
  • Stylist — Moses/Margaret Maldonado Agency
  • Hair stylist — Terry Millet for Leonor Greyl/Photogenics Beauty at Smashbox
  • Makeup — Nellie Kim for shu uemura/Margaret Maldonado Agency
  • Special thanks — Milk Studios Los Angeles.

March 2011Edit

Sky Ferreira was featured on their music column titled "SKY FERREIRA: THE MANE ATTRACTION".

"It was her hair that got me," says photo agent Jen Brill, upon discovering the pop singer whose debut EP, As If, sees release tomorrow. The hair—a Cousin It tangle of curls outsized for her miniature frame—and look has also garnered the attention of Franceisco Costa, and she's recently featured in no less than a CK1 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel.

Brill heard about Ferreira from her friends in downtown rock-pop band The Virgins; she'd covered and remixed their song, and given it an impressive and ambitious turn-around. And while the 18-year-old LA transplant to the East Village has quickly established herself as a mainstay in New York, she's kept her sugar-coated, even Europop-inflected sensibility, first evidenced on her UK-chart-topping single, "One." "She's totally different... She's a little pop star," says Brill.

Here's a condensed version of the friends' recent conversation, in which they discuss New York in the eyes of a teenage girl, and compliments from André Leon Talley:


JEN BRILL: You grew up in Los Angeles. Why did you leave for New York?

SKY FERREIRA: I wanted to try something different. Most people my age go off to college; I thought I'd try out New York.

BRILL: How old were you when you started making music?

FERREIRA: I've always made music—pretty much since I was born.

BRILL: You were writing songs in diapers?

FERREIRA: Okay, not that young... but for as long as I can remember. I started making music professionally when I was 14. I did songs on that program GarageBand, and then I'd put demos up on MySpace with my friends...

BRILL: The first time I heard one of your songs was on your MySpace page. Nick [Ackermann, of the Virgins] played me a cover or remix that you did of one of his band's songs. Was that two years ago?

FERREIRA: About three years ago! The Virgins are signed to Atlantic, which at the time was trying to sign me [Ferreira went with EMI]. They asked me to do a remix for this band that they thought I would really like called The Virgins. I'd already heard of them, so I said, "Yeah, I'll do it." It was fun; we made the song more dance-y and electro. It was a pretty big remix at the time. It was number one on that web site Hype Machine, which tells you what songs are the most blogged and downloaded.

BRILL: What was the first song that you remember identifying with?

FERREIRA: I remember this so clearly... I wasn't allowed to watch MTV before school, but somehow I managed to, when I was five or six and Fiona Apple's video for "Criminal" came on. She was so odd and dark, and I immediately felt some kind of connection with her. She was also the first person I admired for their looks. I like her to this day.

BRILL: You've lived here for almost a year now. What can you report?

FERREIRA: Well, I live by myself for the first time, and I don't have a curfew!

BRILL: But you're so good, you wouldn't need one anyway.

FERREIRA: [laughs] I don't really have the time or energy to be bad...

BRILL: It can be hard to move to New York. How did you get settled in?

FERREIRA: It sounds kinda lame to say, but somehow since I've been here, the fashion community has really embraced me, which has been helpful with getting my music out.

BRILL: Yeah, you just did that big fancy campaign with Steven Meisel—CK1! How was that?

FERREIRA: It was such an honor to work with Calvin Klein and Steven. He's my all-time favorite photographer. I think he's everyone's favorite photographer.

BRILL: Do you go to fashion shows?

FERREIRA: I went to Calvin Klein this season. I sat next to André Leon Talley, and he told me that I was "fierce."

BRILL: [laughs] That's amazing. If you look up the word "fierce" in the OED, there's a picture of André in a chinchilla cape. Who are your favorite designers?

FERREIRA: Obviously Calvin Klein. I really like Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler. I love anything from Opening Ceremony and I love Chanel.

BRILL: We both like to wear those super tall clogs.

FERREIRA: They are my favorite but my feet flip out of them, so I've been getting a lot of mileage out of my Converse, too.

Credits

November 2012Edit

Sky Ferreira was featured on their music column titled "NOBODY TELLS SKY FERREIRA WHAT TO DO".

If you asked a science fiction writer in 1970 to imagine what a pop starlet in 2012 would look like, they might have drawn someone a little like Sky Ferreira. The 20-year-old singer and songwriter's career trajectory has been an unusual one—helped in no small part, we're sure, by her childhood friendship with Michael Jackson and her party-hardy days a few years ago, a stage in her life about which she's surprisingly open. Last month, Ferreira released her second EP, Ghost, to a heap of buzz accompanying its first single, the moody electro jam "Everything is Embarrassing." The first full-length in her three-year career, As If!, is due out in January.

Since Ferreira is currently touring the East Coast—on a very tight schedule—we had around 10 minutes to catch up with her.


NED HEPBURN: How are you?

SKY FERREIRA: I'm good.

HEPBURN: You sound pretty tired. Sounds like you have a pretty hectic schedule going on at the moment.

FERREIRA: I am. I just got to New York yesterday and had to go to Boston at 6 am this morning.

HEPBURN: I listened to your EP. It's doing a couple of different things at once. You're putting a lot of genres on the same release.

FERREIRA: There wasn't really a reason to do it, I just felt like doing it. All those songs are parts of me. I feel like the overall tone is similar. I like writing different types of music. I don't like being stuck into one thing. With things like Spotify and iTunes and all that stuff, I feel people are more... scattered. So you're not, you know, changing a CD—it takes literally a millisecond to change one song on your computer to the next.

HEPBURN: Do you think albums are more a thing of the past?

FERREIRA: Yeah. I don't think they're exactly a thing of the past... maybe I'm just scattered in general. Or maybe I just haven't discovered my thing yet, my complete voice. Maybe I have. Who knows. [laughs]

HEPBURN: I know that a lot of what you do, your outreach, anyway, has to do with social media. Given how different your sound can be from song to song, do you find that social media helps you or hinders you?

FERREIRA: I think a bit of both. If the right people catch onto it, then that's great, but if not, it gets lost in the noise. If there's one thing I've learned its this: Don't put shit out if you're not sure about it, because it's on the Internet. For. Ev. Er. I've learned that over time. A lot of social media saved my ass, [laughs] so I'm totally for it. I also think there's a lot of unnecessary bullshit on the Internet. You can drown in it.

HEPBURN: How do you discern between the good and the bad on the Internet?

FERREIRA: Because of social media a lot of people think they can be, like, a rapper or a singer or a musician because they can put something on YouTube and it might become a thing because there's—like—YouTube phenomenons and whatnot, you know? It's not like they dedicated years to it or anything. It's annoying. That's just me. I dunno.

HEPBURN: I'm not disagreeing with you, but why do you consider that annoying?

FERREIRA: It's like the difference between journalism and bloggers. Trolling people on the Internet isn't fucking journalism.

HEPBURN: I always thought it was odd when people would say "I'm a journalist at Buzzfeed" or what have you. Maybe six people there are legitimate journalists. The rest are making lists or blogging normally, or, like you said, trolling.

FERREIRA: Yeah.

HEPBURN: I read a quote where you said how much you hated school and just wanted to get signed; you were basically angling for a major label release since you were 16. I know that there was a time in New York where you were a little wayward, partying with, like, Jared Leto and Terry Richardson. Looking back on that, and looking at where you are now—what's it like having your dream come true?

FERREIRA: [laughs]

HEPBURN: I realize that question is super fucking cheesy.

FERREIRA: No no no, dreams do come true. They definitely do come true. It just takes a while, I guess. Sometimes it doesn't, but for me it did, anyway. And that whole socialite deal... I'm not a socialite, but, you know, that whole... that whole thing was not supposed to happen [laughs]. I mean, I can't complain. It's definitely helped me. I have a lot to prove because of it, but I guess a lot of it is based on luck, too. And I mean hard work, too. But definitely luck. Because you never know what's going to be considered a hit, or what people are going to like. Or, whatever.

[Ferreira's manager gives a two-minute warning]

HEPBURN: Okay. I'll keep it quick, then. Is there anything you want to say to the bloggers out there?

FERREIRA: Well, for one thing, I'm not some sort of puppet. Like, there isn't a team of people telling me what to do.

HEPBURN: Except for the lady who just told you what to do.

FERREIRA: There's people trying to tell me what to do, but I'm not like some marketing scam.

HEPBURN: Like Lana Del Rey, for example?

FERREIRA: I mean, I don't really know anything about her. [laughs] Like, you know what I mean? People are like, "Oh, Sky tried to do pop music and failed," and it's like, I was 15. I'm still making pop music. It's just different. Some of the stuff is so unnecessary. Just because you have a blog doesn't mean that you should, like, lie for no reason. Some of its a bit, like, sexist. It's written in a very backhanded and condescending tone, and some of it really grosses me out.


SKY FERREIRA'S GHOST IS OUT NOW. FERREIRA WILL PLAY THE EARLY SHOW AT MERCURY LOUNGE TONIGHT. FOR MORE ON THE ARTIST, VISIT HER TUMBLR.

April 2013 issueEdit

Sky Ferreira was featured on both the Germany and the Russia edition of the cover.

ReferencesEdit

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