How was that video shoot for “Okay Cupid?”
[Laughs.] Very unprofessional.
Apparently, some dude just like showed up to your house or a friend’s yard sale. Do you want to run through…
He was friends with [my manager] Walker. He’s from Boston and he shot a lot of videos and stuff. He is a really good photographer so I just saw his videos like, “Oh this is cool.” He e-mailed me, “I am going to be down for vacation next week.” This is like the day “Okay Cupid” came out. He was like, “I want to shoot a video for you. I’m going to be in Florida next week.” He was like two hours away. He drove like two hours with his girlfriend in tow to come to my house and to shoot that
I was just sitting at home alone and I was like, “I don’t want to be alone with this random guy at my house. That’s so scary. What if he kills me?” So, I called one of my friends and was like, 'Can I come over? And have this video shoot at your house?' She was like, 'Yeah, sure. I am having a yard sale right now but if you want to do it at the yard sale, that’s fine.'
video. We had no idea what we were going to do. He was like, “I don’t know. We’ll just wing it.” I thought, “OK, whatever.” Because I don’t really like to think about logistics of things, either. I was like, “Sure, we’ll figure it out.” But when the time came to do it, I hadn’t really planned anything out. I was just sitting at home alone and I was like, “I don’t want to be alone with this random guy at my house. That’s so scary. What if he kills me?” So, I called one of my friends and was like, “Can I come over? And have this video shoot at your house?” She was like, “Yeah, sure. I am having a yard sale right now but if you want to do it at the yard sale, that’s fine.” I was like, “Oh my God, this is going to be the worst thing ever.”
And we just did it. And the people ended up being really cool and now we are really good friends. And so it worked out for the best. But, I mean, yeah it was random and my friends are not particularly well-groomed in that video because they weren’t really expecting it. [Laughs.] I think they are kind of not very happy with it being this popular right now because they didn’t really have time to get ready or anything.
But that’s cool. So what’s next? You were talking about how your manager was getting on you about writing another song. Do you have another great one in the mix or a sick video idea?
I don’t really like to sit around and decide, “What is going to get me the most hits on YouTube?” Because if I think that way, then it’s gonna be really lame and it’s just gonna turn into an everybody else fame. I have been working on a song, and by working, every so often a lyric will come into my head so I’ll just text them to myself and that’s how I work, I guess. It’s a very unprofessional way to go about it but I’ve been working on this song and it’s kind of a lot like “Okay Cupid.” I feel like once I post it somewhere, people are going to be like, “Oh, she can’t do anything else.” Whatever. Whatever they want to say. I have one song. It was produced by one of my friends and it’s not going to be one big huge Beautiful Lou deal. I also have a four-song EP that is going to come out and it’s produced by only Beautiful Lou. That will be out soon-ish, hopefully.
Are the labels knocking yet?
No. [Laughs.] Actually, I don’t really know because everybody just e-mails my manager. And every so often he’ll be like, “Oh, by the way, I got this e-mail from this incredibly important, exciting person.” Wow, thanks for telling me now. So, I don’t really know. I have to ask him. I haven’t been really worried about it because I feel like having a label would mean more deadlines and that would be terrifying.
I think Kreayshawn is awesome. She is really hot and she is really cool. She makes cool videos... She’s like the popular girl at school. I think people are comparing me to her because we are both little white girls. Little white girls online.
There are the inevitable Kreayshawn comparisons. How do you feel about her? It seems like you’ve taken some thinly-veiled shots at her.
I feel very bad about that, actually. There is one song. I know, that’s what you’re talking about. Maybe that’s what you’re talking about. But there’s one song that says, “I can go harder than Gucci Gucci/ Louie Louie/ Fendi Fendi/Prada.” And like, now I am like, “Wow. I really hope she doesn’t hear that and think I am talking shit about her because that’s not what I was doing at all.” That song I wrote just because I didn’t think people were cool to it except for the people I was shouting out. That’s why there are so many people in it because it was just a shout-out thing. Now, I feel super bad. I think Kreayshawn is awesome. She is really hot and she is really cool. She makes cool videos. She’s like this really cool… She’s like the popular girl at school. I think people are comparing me to her because we are both little white girls. Little white girls online. That’s only the real similarities we have. We talk about different stuff and we go about things way differently. She is also way better at dressing herself than I am. There’s that. But I think she is cool, and I don’t want her to ever think I was talking shit about her. I am sorry Kreayshawn, I didn’t mean it!
Has this boyfriend figure that you’ve mentioned finally heard “Okay Cupid”? Have you let him in on the whole thing?
Now, everyone that he’s friends with is bugging him about it. “Hey, you know this song is about you, right?” Now he’s like, “Alright, I have to listen to it.” He really hadn’t heard this at all. I feel like it’s cute. I didn’t want to ask him about it. I feel like he is the one person that can escape it. Everybody else kind of brings it up a lot and he doesn’t.
You mention your dad a lot. What are his thoughts on your career?
Today, I asked about the video. “So Dad, what song is this video for?” He was like, “The ‘Cupid’ one.” I was like, “Alright, name five of my songs.” He was like, “The ‘Cupid’ one and then the other one.” I was like, “Alright, forget it.” He’s not into it. He has come to my shows before because I have forced him to. Because I was like, “I don’t want to go by myself, but I don’t want to bring any of my friends because I might embarrass myself, so you have to come." He was like, “Alright. Fine. Whatever.” He thinks it’s cool that I am getting popular. But he doesn’t understand. Like, he doesn’t understand why. [Laughs.]
Well, I think a lot of people feel that way.
I feel like exactly the same. I don’t understand why either.
I guess it’s happening and you’ll have to deal with it.
Yeah. If I get to meet Danny Brown, then it’ll be worth it.
It probably won’t be the worst thing in the world.