BreatheHeavy Interview – Heartbroken But Optimistic. Noah Cyrus Wants People To Know Her StorySeptember 20, 2018
“I want people to know this story. This story is a part of who I am.”
Noah Cyrus just released her first EP titled Good Cry, a six-track body of work that details life as a budding musician who, despite fame and fortune, has to deal with matters of the heart like anyone.
If you’ve ever fallen in love, but circumstance and time ripped you apart, you’ll know where Noah’s at right now. She and ex-boyfriend, rapper Lil Xan, recently called it quits. Us Weekly probably has a half-a-dozen articles with all the juicy details, but I got the chance to chat with Noah about it, and she unapologetically and earnestly wore her broken heart on her sleeve.
How are you? Like, really… how are you?
I’m great. Honestly. I’ve got an EP coming out on Friday. I’ve got a tour happening on Saturday. A Pizza Slime collab tomorrow [where you can literally buy a bottle of Noah’s tears for $12,000]. I’m just really really excited for what’s ahead and what’s to come. It’s all positivity right now. Super good.
What’s your mindset going into all of these projects?
It’s definitely been quite the month. I’m a little tired (laughs), but I’m just going in positive and excited. Honestly the most exciting part of this whole tour… I just can’t wait to get the f–k out of L.A. I cannot wait to not get on a f—ing airplane. Road tripping, being in a f—ing bus, I cannot wait to be moving all the time and not be in one place, and that’s so weird because people always say, ‘I’m never in one place blah blah blah,’ but for me being on the bus is therapeutic.
I think when I was on the Witness Tour, I was going through a really hard time, but the bus was my place where I went and I got comfortable, and I got in my room, and I snuggled up in a blanket. That’s where I got comfortable.
I’m a bus baby. I grew up on a bus. I f—ing love touring. I love the feeling of the road, and sitting up with the bus driver, just smoking a J, going along the road, listening to James Taylor. I’m just so excited.
I think when people are going through tough times, a change of scenery is a really great move.
Yeah! And we have our studio set up in the back of the bus, so if I want to write music… my keyboard player will be on there to just make me some easy piano track if I decide I need to write a song in the middle of the night. You know, I’m not going to force myself to start writing on the album, but maybe I’ll start something small, or just put out some stuff while I’m on the road of things that I recorded on the bus… who knows?! There’s so many things that I can do.
So the creative process… that doesn’t end just because you’re putting out an EP.
No! I want to keep going because I’m in a really good headspace right now. I know where I’m at, I know what I want to make, I’m so inspired by so many people, so inspired by the world. There’s so much that I want to write about and make. The mind doesn’t stop!
Yeah, It’s important to know where you came from, but it’s even more important to look forward!
Everybody has their demons, which I love writing about. I love writing about my past, and I love writing about heartbreak. I’ve been through a major heartbreak. I was with somebody for two years who I loved so much, and I have so much love for, and it’s hard whenever you can’t be with that person that you really want to be with just because of timing and indifference.
There’s a song called “Topanga” on my EP about that, which is a one-take song actually; it’s a voice memo, and I did it in my backyard. Use the crickets, because everybody is like, ‘are the crickets real?’ Yes, the crickets are real! It’s a one-time thing off of my friend’s iPhone. I wrote it in my backyard, and [my friend] just played the guitar, and we recorded it off the iPhone. It’s going on the EP under “Topanga (Voice Memo),” so that’ll touch on that subject a lot.
I can relate to what you’re feeling – about breakups – it’s the worst.
It’s like mourning. It’s like losing somebody – you mourn that person. It’s like your body is in it. Like, it hurts physically – when you miss somebody – there’s so many emotions in losing somebody that you spent so much time with. There’s so many times I can think… like for the EP, the intro to my EP is called “Where Have You Been?,” and there’s a voice memo of me in there just crying, and that was real tears when my ex and I of two years… when we broke up. And I just wanted to capture the hurt because I had never felt more loss. Even though it was a mutual agreement – we need time to grow, and we need time to be who we are, and we need time to grow up a little bit for things to work – then it was just the feeling of ache and loss. It’s very personal. A lot of people are like, ‘are you scared of being personal? Or are you nervous…?’ I’m like hell no. I want people to know this story. This story is a part of who I am. It shaped me. Everything about this EP is what shaped me of who I am today.
It would be inauthentic if you didn’t go this route of being vulnerable and honest.
Was it bittersweet to put out the “Live Or Die” video? [It features Lil Xan]
Ummm… I didn’t put the music video out.
Yeah. I just woke up one day and that video was on YouTube. I don’t know.
[Noah’s rep jumps in and kindly asks that I ask about the tour now]
I will clear up that I did not put that video out!
What’s your mindset going into this tour versus tours in the past?
To have fun. Make sure I do things and not sit in my hotel room and cry over things I shouldn’t be crying over. I have a goal for every city I go to. I’m going to try their most famous restaurants, or something like that, just so I do one thing in each city. Cause usually I lock myself in my hotel room and I cry, and I was sad, and I wanted to go home because I was depressed, but not this time. I’m going to have a good time on my first tour.
What does being successful in music mean to you?
Having people connect to your work. It doesn’t exactly mean the amount of people that listen to you. If it gets through to somebody. If it makes you feel something.
What do you want fans to take away from the Good Cry EP?
Just the personal side of it. For them to really hear the personal side to it, and for them to relate to it. I want them to sit back and be like, ‘wow, I really relate to this… and maybe that helps them address something… maybe it helps them feel… something.
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