Lorde Breaks Down Inspiration Behind ‘Green Light’ Video

It’s been three years since Lorde dropped her stunning debut album Pure Heroine, and with the release of her single “Green Light” this past March, it felt like no time had passed. Back on the top of the charts where we like her, Lorde is preparing to release her highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama on June 16, co-written by the singer and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.

Lorde debuted the high energy video for “Green Light” in March, teaming up with director Grant Singer, who is best know for his work with The Weeknd and most recently, teaming up with Lorde’s bestie Taylor Swift for her single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Zayn.

Now Lorde is taking fans behind the scenes on “Green Light,” revealing the inspiration behind the visuals and how it differs from her earlier music videos.

On “Green Light” as her lead music video for Melodrama

“I was very aware that this was the first thing people would see from me in three years…this time, I was like, I want to look the way my friends see me. I want to feel like I could be anyone of the young people who listen to my music.”

On taking inspiration from her life

“I knew that I wanted it to be set at night and feel like my real life. I’m wearing the shoes that I wear every night when I go out partying at home. I call a car and I get in a car. All these things are taken from my real life.”

On working with Grant Singer

“Grant is such a passionate director. We went out for dinner and before we knew it, it was 4 in the morning and we had been talking about our dreams and I knew that we were just kindred spirits.”

On dancing on the roof of a car

“It was actually quite difficult to dance on the roof of a Suburban at 3 in the morning. It was a really cold night and it kept getting covered in dew. They would come and towel it down. There was definitely a moment up there I was like, ‘cars generally are not built to have a girl dancing around, losing her mind on top of them.’ It was one of the most strangest things I’ve done.”

On including Jack Antonoff in the video

“It made a lot of sense to me to have Jack in the “Green Light” video. It wouldn’t have been right without him.”

On “Green Light” compared to “Royals”

“For me, I was 16 when I was making all my first music videos and I was so shy. There’s an element of that that makes you want to come inward and maybe protect yourself when you’re young. Now I’m a little bit older and I want to play with confrontation and come in as close as I can to the viewer. It’s interesting to me to shorten the distance.”

Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama will be released on June 16. Check out Lorde talking about “Green Light” below and don’t miss Lorde when she returns to the iHeartRadio MMVA stage on Sunday, June 18!