By now, just about everyone in the world has dealt with the emotional highs and lows of living under quarantine resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. That includes Christine and the Queens, who spoke with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about how she’s getting by.
“‘Rollercoaster’ is the perfect word because it is highly impressive the changes I’m going through,” the star, known off stage as Héloïse Letissier, said during the chat, which aired Tuesday (May 12). She told Lowe that at the start of her time in lockdown, she saw a massive uptick in her creativity and artistic output. “I started to write lots of songs at the beginning of lockdown and immediately started to fantasize about the third record. But I think it’s also a coping mechanism for me to immediately transfer into fiction.”
Letissier continued, saying that ultimately, she saw her creative spike give way to a downward spiral. “I went through a phase where it kind of drained out in terms of songwriting, and writing and I suddenly faced an existential dread,” she revealed. “I listened back to the songs once and I was like, ‘Oh, I should probably just stop writing for a second.’ I had a week of not being able to write and only absorbing art.”
The star says that her preferred method of coping came from none other than Fiona Apple, whose latest album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, served as Letissier’s soundtrack to a strange moment in her lockdown. “I really got into the witch territory,” she said. “I was just, like, outside facing the plants and listening to Fiona Apple like that.”
Throughout the interview, Letissier also spoke about some of her favorite artists, including David Bowie and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, as well as what’s giving her hope in this day and age. “I kind of believe more and more in the fact that we will want to reinvent what it means to meet each other again,” she said. “I think it’s just how to question togetherness and how it’s still very much so what defines us.”
Check out a clip from Christine and the Queens’ interview with Zane Lowe below: