Given that Sky Ferreira pretty much grew up in the music industry — she told MTV News she was humming before she could talk — it might be easy to cast her as a manufactured pop princess, jerking along at the end of the biz's puppet strings. Well, you know what they say about assumptions...
"Maybe I don't care anymore, but before I felt like there was always this thing that there was someone behind me — someone telling me what to do rather than just the voice in my head," Ferreira told MTV News. "I feel like if there was someone telling me what to do and these handlers.... It wouldn't have taken five years [to finish my record]."
Ferreira's debut LP, Night Time, My Time — the title a reference to the David Lynch film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With With Me" — was a long time coming. Having signed a record deal in her teens, the singer put out a series of stellar, diverse EPs and singles over the years, including stand-out dance track "Everything Is Embarrassing."
After a series of name changes and tweaks, Night Time, My Time finally dropped on October 29 on Capitol Records to much critical acclaim. Pitchfork said, rather breathlessly, "It's both a relief and a bit of a shock that Night Time, My Time is not only here, but that it's one of the most pleasingly conventional and cohesive pieces of pop-rock to come along this year." The outlet also gave Ferreira a score in the coveted "8" range.
Such praise — and chart success — solidified Ferreira's place in the entertainment world as a skilled musician — in addition to model and actress.
"I think that was the most annoying part, as if I was some robot or something," Ferreira said, referring to the notion that her personality and style was label-made, "this shell of a human being that was just being told what to do and going along with it, which wasn't really the case. I think I kind of proved that with the record."
Ferreira's story -— the rise to both mainstream and critical success — in many ways mirrors that of Lorde (a.k.a. Ella Yelich-O'Connor), the 17-year-old superstar who was signed at age 13 and spent the ensuing three years on her debut record, Pure Heroine. During those years, however, Lorde was not in the public eye, as Ferreira, 21, has been.
In the interest of pop mentor-dom, we asked Ferreira what advice she would give Lorde now that she's out, shall we say:
"To be honest, I think she could probably give me more advice than I can give her," Ferreria said. "I think that's safe to say. She's doing so well already and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders, I don't think she really needs advice, but if she ever wanted advice from me, she could come to me."
You hear that Lorde? Ferreira's got your back.