Lady Gaga reveals she’s directing her next video, talks Rebecca Black, and more in fan-generated Q&A taped at Google HQ
Confirming suspicions that Google is the coolest place to work on the planet—free laundry rooms! Sand volleyball courts! Dinosaur skeleton!—Lady Gaga appeared at their California headquarters yesterday to reveal, amongst other things, that she will be making her directorial debut on her next music video for the upcoming single “Judas.”
In an hour-long Q&A panel, Gaga fielded questions submitted via Google Moderator and Twitter as well as in-person inquiries from the lucky Little Monsters working at the Internet search engine giant.
Since you probably don’t have a spare hour and thirteen minutes to watch the whole “Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga” YouTube video, we have kindly excerpted the highlights for the edification of you Little Monsters, casual fans and Internet trolls:
On getting behind the camera for her directorial debut
With her next single—the Biblically themed “Judas”—Gaga will branch out into another creative medium. “I can exclusively reveal here at Google that I will be making my directorial debut with Laurieann Gibson, directing this video with her.” (Gibson has choreographed most of Gaga’s videos. from “Poker Face” to “Born this Way.”)
Gaga told the panel to “expect some [Biblical] symbolism in this video,” and even recited some of the lyrics from the unreleased next single: “When he comes to me, I am ready/ I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs/ Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/ Even after three times, he betrays me/ I’ll bring him down, a king with no crown.”
“The song is about honoring your darkness to bring yourself into the light,” she cryptically explained, making sure to add, “And it’s really fun to dance to and sounds like it could be a pop priest record.” Ugh, come on: haven’t we had enough pop priest records already?
On Rebecca Black
When asked about the 13-year-old viral sensation’s “Friday” video, she admitted she hadn’t seen it, but that didn’t stop her from making this declaration about YouTube fame and haters: “I say Rebecca Black is a genius and anyone telling her she’s cheesy is full of sh*t.”
On her next album
The three words she used to describe it were “Avant-garde-techno-rock” (yeah, avant-garde is one word, give her a break). The Born this Way album will be “an exploration in electronic music and techno sonics,” as well as “metal-dance-pop music with a lot of anthemic choruses.” It will also include a song called “Edge of Glory,” inspired by her deceased grandfather.
On Reality TV
“You will never see me do reality television. I’m not that kind of person. My whole life is a performance art piece, so I don’t need to have that picture taken to feel that I’m in a moment of art.”
On the Google employee she knew in college
“Andrew was an R.A. at Third North where I went to college [NYU], and he wrote me up for drinking in my room. So we go way back, Google.”
On not feeling like a superstar
“I am genuinely a musician to my core. A lot of people don’t know that about me. I write every lyric, every melody. I’m in there with the producers, whipping them to make the new future of music. And that is why I’m here. I’m not here to be a superstar.”
On her love of Bruce Springsteen
“I’m really obsessed with Bruce Springsteen… He was blue-collar America, and I related to Bruce because I watched my father, a blue-collar American citizen, relate to Bruce.”
On the question, “How do you find time for Stefani?”
“I love this question. Who are you looking for? I’m right here. Stefani [Germanotta] is also who I am. Gaga is my nickname. It’s like when you’re a kid and your mom calls you ‘Skip.’ I really make no separation between Stefani and Gaga.”
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