She may be a teenager, but Olivia Rodrigo cemented her place as one of the most streamed artists of 2021, releasing Sour and its corresponding songs “Deja Vu” and “Drivers License.” When asked about her best musical advice, Rodrigo encourages other aspiring songwriters to listen to music and even read poetry.
Olivia Rodrigo is the artist behind ‘Sour’
In addition to playing the role of Nini in High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesRodrigo appeared as a songwriter for the original Disney+ mockumentary, releasing the song “All I Want” and co-writing “Just For a Moment” with Joshua Bassett.
In 2021, Rodrigo releases his first full album, Acid, complete with colorful and creative music videos.
This album was recognized at the upcoming Grammy Awards, earning nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Pop Vocal Album, among other nominations. Rodrigo herself picked up the Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Olivia Rodrigo shared that some of her ‘lyrical concepts’ begin with poetry
Rodrigo shared his songwriting ideas with fans, revealing some of his top tips during a video with MTV News. The artist encouraged fans to listen to music like a songwriter and express their vulnerability. His final piece of advice mentioned ways to improve lyricism.
“The last tip I have for songwriting is to read poetry,” Rodrigo said, “as much poetry as you can. I feel like that really informs my lyricism. I think that I have to start a song with a lyrical concept or idea. I’m a very lyrical, narrative, story-based songwriter, and everything else, in a way, is secondary to that.
Olivia Rodrigo explained the concept behind “Deja Vu”
Some fans have even associated Rodrigo’s songs with literary and poetic works. Of course, Rodrigo mentioned that she read poetry to be a better songwriter. In fact, she let him both inspire and inform her album. Acid.
“To write a song that I like, it has to be a poem that I like, or a concept, or a pun that I can, in a way, leave from,” Rodrigo explained, even using the words. of a song already released for example.
“The hook of ‘Deja Vu’ is ‘when she’s with you, you have deja vu’ and it’s that…concept that I’m really obsessed with,” she said. “And I think something that my friends that I was going through was where… when you break up with somebody, and they end up with somebody else, it feels like whatever they do is recycled, which happens in every relationship, I think. ”
As one of the singles released before Acid, “Deja Vu” quickly became a listener favorite. As of March 2022, the track has over 765 million Spotify plays, with Rodrigo commenting on the Kill Eve– inspirational music video.
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