The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence': ‘I Didn’t Want to Mess It Up’
By Scott T. Sterling
Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has also been making his name as a producer, and came away from sessions recording Lana Del Rey‘s upcoming full-length, Ultraviolence, with a new found respect for the “Young and Beautiful” chanteuse.
“We went out one night with some people, some friends of Tom [Elmhirst]‘s and she was there hanging out, and I had never met her before,” Auerbach told Rolling Stone about the initial Del Rey connection through mutual friend Elmhirst, a noted mix engineer he worked with on Ray Lamontagne‘s latest full-length, Supernova. “She didn’t really know my music, I didn’t really know her music, to be honest. I knew about her because, you know, she’s in the press so much. But we just hung out and we like talked about music and realized we had things in common…What started off as ‘Let’s get together for a couple days with some musicians’ turned into two weeks doing an album.
“Her demos were so good, her songs were so strong that I wanted to get my musicians in who I love and get my sound that I get here with her songs and that’s it,” Auerbach said of the recordings. “I didn’t want to mess it up. She sang live with a seven-piece band. That’s the whole record – a seven-piece band with her singing live. It was crazy… She’s a true eccentric, and, you know, extremely talented. She has a definite vision of what she is and what she wants to be, musically and visually, which is cool.”