New Zealand singer Lorde hit the stage in Chicago on Friday (August 1), where she performed as a part of Lollapalooza 2014 at Grant Park.
While at the event, the 17-year-old sat down with Billboard to dish one of her new exciting projects, which is curating the official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
“Yeah, I was just saying that I literally watched the second film (2013’s Catching Fire) in a movie theater in New Zealand like a year ago. And now I get to curate the soundtrack. It’s crazy.” Lorde says on getting the opportunity to create the film’s soundtrack.
How did Lorde get the job?
“It came to me through my publisher, who is always bringing me really cool, weird opportunities.” She says, “He was like, do you want to do the end credits song for the film? And I said, “Oh yeah that would be awesome. Um … what are they doing for their soundtrack, just out of interest?” And he was like, “I don’t know I can find it out.” I was really keen to curate it. I had this idea that it would be really cool and I think I know what is the right sound for the project. So they were really into it and it just started happening.”
She continues,”It’s really been my baby, which is awesome. It’s so rewarding, but it blows my mind that this massive studio has just handed the reigns over to a 17-year-old. I’ve literally been doing it by myself, contacting every artist, sorting everything out.”
As for the artists that will be featured on the soundtrack, Lorde says: “I don’t know if I want to tell you anything yet! It’s very new. But there are some people on there that you’re going to be super surprised by. You’ll be like, what? I haven’t heard form them in ages… but in a great way.”
Lorde also opened up on why she likes the Hunger Games series, saying:
“Yeah, I think there’s something about the Hunger Games that makes it a very modern-feeling blockbuster franchise. Often you get a heroine in a movie like that and they’re just not cool characters. They’re kind of sappy or kind of boring. But Jennifer (Lawrence) perfectly embodies Katniss Everdeen and you can’t not be interested in that character. She’s so smart and so tough and so brave, but she’s also like, I’m really confused and I don’t know which guy I want to date but like … hold on dude. There’s more important things to do than think about dating. I’ve got to save the world right now. It’s very fresh and modern which I like, but it’s also super youth based. It’s a good set of films.”
We can’t wait to see what Lorde puts together for the movie! Mockingjay Part 1 hits theatres this November.