Cheek to Cheek came out of a very organic friendship and relationship that Tony and I have built over the years and it truly was a collaborative effort. It was important to Tony that this was a jazz record. I’ve been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classics, but it has a modern twist. - Lady Gaga
Gaga Daily’s exclusive Q&A with Lady Gaga; You asked… she answered! Lady Gaga took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions from fans at Gaga Daily.
“What is the one thing that you would like monsters to take away from the C2C experience?”
I would love simply to just introduce you to jazz, if you’ve not experienced it before. I fell in love with Jazz at a young age, and monsters and I are so similar; our life stories, outlook on the world, view of love and community—I thought perhaps you would have the same feeling that I felt when I first heard Billie Holiday as my mom played her in the kitchen. I want you to feel fearless to take any approach in life, and be yourself no matter what happens. That’s what I like about Jazz, although the recordings are forever, its different everytime Tony and Me sing together with our players. Improvisation is key to being great at jazz. I think also to be great at life. Anyway that was a long answer, but you know how I ramble on!
“What can we expect from the ‘Cheek to Cheek’ tour? Will it be in theaters or arenas?”
Tony loves to play theatres, and to be honest after singing with him I understand why. While theatres are not as great for perhaps for big parties like our monster artRave, the sound quality in theatres is just exquisite, and you can then hear all the subtle nuances in the music. I also sing much quieter on many of these songs and it helps to be able to hear myself over your wild monster screams! But I know we are planning to play a mixture of different sized venues, to accommodate demand and spread Jazz as far and wide as possible. Just wanted to give you my opinion on what rooms Jazz music sounds best in ‘acoustically.’
“What happened to ‘Paradise’ – will we get to hear it?”
I hope so! It’s almost finished, Its my first jazz composition so I was nervous to put it on the album although Tony loves it so much. I just didn’t want to rush it, wanted to spend some more time and keep sinking back into my jazz roots so it can be the best it can be. I will tell you, it’s inspired by my father’s sister and him, and the phrases as they are traded, are meant to be their words to each other right before she died. She died very young, but she wrote a poem about Heaven right before it happened. That’s why the song is called “Paradise.”
“Was there anything you’ve wanted to prove with Cheek To Cheek?”
No actually, I think Tony was more concerned people knew I could sing than I was! He said that to me everyday, “With this album I want the world to hear how natural and beautiful you sing.” For me, I was just so HAPPY to be singing like that again. Every song you hear on the album is me in a state of utter bliss, even when the songs were sad and I was emotional. I love deeply all my previous albums, and don’t think they are unauthentic because they were auto-tuned and electronic. That was the point of them: to make art of artifice. I just didn’t like when I started to get treated like a brand, like there was nothing more I can do—when there is SO much more I can do. The only thing that was important for me to ‘prove’ I guess, I prefer the word ‘show,’ is that I’m an honest Jazz singer, not a pop singer doing jazz for a one-off. Especially since I’ve been singing Jazz longer than I’ve been singing pop. I wanted to do proper justice to the records. I was more worried what Tony thought of how I sounded more than anyone else.
“How easy has it been balancing Cheek to Cheek and ARTPOP recently and can we expect any more Jazz albums (and hopefully some more pop ones too?)”
I love balancing the two, I basically have multiple personalities anyway (haha! Shocking reveal!) so that rebellious and extreme side of me loves to go back and forth, I never get bored. I’m always doing what I love and I get to have both. Somedays I feel quiet, others I need to rage. Those parts of me will always be there its my two-toned soul.
This will not be my last jazz album, and ARTPOP was not my last pop album. I have MANY years ahead of me to make music and I feel stronger than ever, like I did when I first moved to Hollywood to make it. I’m a fighter again. Put me in the ring. Ring the bell, I’m ready life!
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From the moment that Lady Gaga entered the pop sphere (and ultimately flipped it on its head), her energetic dance anthems, soulful ballads, and eccentric outfits have left us wanting more. Within the span of five quick years, she has managed to rule the pop charts, successfully enrapturing and enlivening a generation of little monsters along the way. Today marks a new chapter in her epic musical catalog with the release of Cheek to Cheek, a delightful album of jazz standards performed and recorded with the eternally suave Tony Bennett. Comprised of 12 covers from the Great American Songbook, it marks a new era for the ever-evolving artist. We caught up with “Lady” (as she introduced herself) to talk about her most recent stylistic shift, documented in the selfie portraits that she sent exclusively to Yahoo Style.
Earlier this year it was all about ArtPop and now Cheek to Cheek, which is totally different. Congrats! How is it going?
Thank you! I’m having a magical time. I’m actually on my way to Belgium now to meet Tony and perform with him at the Grand Place. I’m so excited.
How has the fashion differed with the new album?
I tend to reflect my fashion with my mood. During ArtPop my mood was kind of a mess. It was erratic. I was shape shifting on a daily basis trying to find my happiness. With Cheek to Cheek, it’s totally different. I’m in a serene place. I feel I’m my peaceful, young musician self. I’ve been enjoying dressing up, and you know, feeling like a lady. I had been working with Tony for two years recording, and [when we started] I was quite blond, but I found the sexuality of it all to be quite distracting. It was unnatural in a way. So I began to experiment with the hair that I had back in high school. It was dark and curly. More natural. Something about jazz makes me not care about the way I look.
We caught your performance during New York Fashion Week, didn’t your sister make that dress?
Yes, she hand smocked all that leather herself. I was less comfortable being blond, but that’s okay. It was not so much about showing off the breasts or the hair. It was form fitting. The silhouette, the shape the feel. Those are all the elements that are reflected in jazz.
You recently were asked about your style and said, “I’m a different expression of the same woman.” Are you channeling different women with these varied looks?
I feel like I carry the spirit of many fashionistas that came before me. I feel a very strong kinship to them. The history of art and the history of fashion are very important to me. My fashion is something that people are going to pay attention to. They are going to talk about it. I feel very deeply for Isabella Blow. For Alexander McQueen. His fearlessness is something that I think about a lot. With this album, I am channeling his rebelliousness. Because if you think about it jazz is the most rebellious form of music. It’s totally different from my previous message where there was an intention behind each look. Jazz brings out the fighter in me. The type of clothes that I’ve been wearing is less form fitting. Other days I’ll wear something more corseted and glamorous. Right now I’m wearing a leather jacket that my sister made me withCheek to Cheek painted on the back and piercings and bleached brows.
Let’s talk about the outfits. What do you do with all of those glorious clothes? Do you have an archive? It must be incredible!
I do. I have a huge archive in Los Angeles. It’s 40,00 square feet. I have every single outfit. All those pieces mean so much to me. I’ve kept every single one.
I don’t wear fashion, I am fashion. I don’t mean that to sound arrogant or rude or anything like that but you know when you just love something so much it just hurts. Like when the topstitching is just perfect. The beading is exquisite. It’s like a love affair. Those clothes are so special. I have another relationship with fashion that goes beyond just wearing clothes.
Not only are you fashion but also beauty. Any beauty tips to share?
I think that I am the most beautiful when I’m feeling happy. Keeping your heart peaceful. You should never wear anything you don’t want to wear. Whether you are a man or a woman you should dress and present yourself like the god or goddess that you are…