Her Debut Album
Rita Ora: “There’s been a lot of frustration. It took a lot of patience from Roc Nation. I got signed and I was like “Cool, Oprah next week.” But obviously not. I knew I was going to record the album or whatever but I was so eager to put everything out that I didn’t think about the long run. That’s why Jay and Jay Brown and Ty Ty are the best at what they do because they think in the future.
"I’d be like, ‘I just want to put something out’ but it wouldn’t be the same as it is now. I’m really happy they waited for me, and had patience. They let me grow and they didn’t even influence me. They told me to go find myself and do what I do.
“Roc Nation is like family. They take their artists seriously because there’s not that many of us. They take into consideration your feelings and they let you grow, that’s what they did with me so that’s why it took me so long to write this record because I didn’t want to write about something that wasn’t really me. It took me a minute to find myself but once I found myself, it was fine. [Laughs.]
“I have more things to talk about now than I did then. If I played you a song when I was 18 and I played you a song now, they’d be two completely different periods of my life and two completely different stories.
I’ve been working with some people that I’m grateful to be in the same room with like Drake and The Dream, who is an amazing songwriter, Stargate, Ester Dean, who is a great writer. These people are so great at what they do. To have a chance to work with them was such an honor.
"That’s why some people find it hard to stop recording for their album because every day they’re growing and they’re doing new things so someone has to tell you ‘Stop now’ because you could write an album forever, you have things to talk about every day.
“I was working with Drake on some tracks and that’s when he was doing that ‘Over’ video and he just asked me for a favor and I was like ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’ Of course I would do that. That’s how it came about. I met Drake through writing sessions and we just carried our friendship out. It was cool to be in the video because I love the song.
“I’ve been working with some people that I’m grateful to be in the same room with like Drake and The Dream, who is an amazing songwriter, Stargate, Ester Dean, who is a great writer. These people are so great at what they do. To have a chance to work with them was such an honor.
"We came up with some great stuff and you know, your vibe with them and your connection with someone is really important when you’re writing so during that time, it was really important to vibe off of each other’s energy. I think I came up with the best album I could come up with at this time and it’s just a huge honor on my debut album. I can’t believe it sometimes.
“I wanted to put as much music out as possible and it ended up being ‘How We Do’ was the US and ‘R.I.P.’ was the UK. To tell you the truth, music will convert regardless if it’s good music, it will go everywhere.
"Adele’s music for example, it was good. It just spread. I said to myself, ‘I’m going to put out a couple songs and whatever happens, happens.’ I’ve spent three years. It’s like when you have a baby and then the baby’s grown and you gotta let it walk. You’re like, ‘Please don’t bang your head’ and you can’t help it if it bangs its head. That’s how it was.
“I don’t have an album title yet. I have some options, I was going to call it ‘Fair’ then I was going to call it ‘Let’s Run Away’ but then it was too long. It might just be ‘Reet,’ that’s what my mom used to call me.
“There’s definitely some songs that show my vocal training on the album. I’ll sing however the track feels. I’m not just going to over-sing a track but there’s definitely tracks on there when you can hear my voice. There’s a song with me and a guitar and you can definitely hear my voice.”