When the news broke that Lorde was going to curate the soundtrack for the first installment of the Hunger Games “Mockingjay” movies, speculation ran wild about who the young New Zealand pop star would choose! In an interview with Billboard at Lollapalooza, she reflected on how much her life has changed since the last Hunger Games movie came out.
“I literally watched the second film (2013’s “Catching Fire”) in a movie theater in New Zealand like a year ago,” she said. “And now I get to curate the soundtrack. It’s crazy.”
We’ve already seen her divergent musical tastes illustrated in plenty of covers like the Tears For Fears song she did for the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack, The Replacements “Swingin’ Party” and her recent take on James Blake’s “Retrograde.” While she didn’t share any specifics, it’s clear that as always, she’ll be handling the business herself.
“It’s so rewarding, but it blows my mind that this massive studio has just handed the reigns over to a 17-year-old,” she admitted. “I’ve literally been doing it by myself, contacting every artist, sorting everything out. 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.”
That sounds promising! We’ll also be getting a new song from Lorde for the soundtrack—her first new material since the release of her debut album Pure Heroine last summer. But how did she end up being the one that the studio handed things off to? Well, she asked!
“It came to me through my publisher, who is always bringing me really cool, weird opportunities,” Lord esaid. “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. It’s really been my baby, which is awesome.”
Not that I wasn’t already excited for the movie, but this makes the wait even more daunting. Hopefully we’ll get some more info about who’s going to be involved soon.