Find out what Taylor had to say about her new world tour and collaborating with Kanye West.
After a final catch-up with her famous friend squad and rumoured boyfriend, Taylor Swift got straight back to work in a series of pre-tour interviews where she spoke about her future music and what fans can expect from the 1989 World Tour – which starts in just four days.
First up is Access Hollywood:
Top secret tour prep:
“We actually moved everyone to the middle of nowhere farmland so that we could have a secret location to rehearse”
The vibe of the tour:
“Every decision I made on my last tour, I wanted to flip it and do the opposite for this one.”
What type of fashion to expect on the tour:
“Every outfit has a different vibe to it, every outfit is so cool. My show clothes used to seem more costume-y and now they’re much more chic.”
What her friends mean to her:
“My group of girlfriends have become one of the most important things in my life. You have to prioritize the things that matter most to you, and what matters most to me is my friends. I think the one thing my friends have in common is sincerity. When they say something, I believe them.”
Next is Entertainment Tonight:
On rumors she’s working with Kanye West:
“We’ve never been in a studio together. I think we’ve talked about it, but we’ve talked about so many other things. I completely respect his vision as a producer. I have no idea what the next album is going to sound like, yet.”
On the eventual follow-up to her massively successful 1989 album:
“It would be a disservice to 1989 if I just tried to copy it. The next album will have to be completely different.”
Finally, is Extra:
On the relationship between the album 1989 and the world tour:
“In the same way I approached this album from a different perspective, I tried to do the same with the tour.”
On arranging for possible famous guest stars to appear on tour with her:
“I’ve started picking up the phone, I started sending out the emails, and the interesting thing is when you’re asking people to come and play for free, that’s something you have to ask them yourself, you can’t have your management go do it… So I end up assuming the role of booking agent essentially when I’m on tour and just being like so, can we check her schedule, the routing, and she may be able to make it to in between that date and that date… ‘Hey its Taylor, will you please come out, it’s going to be a stadium show, it’s going to be incredible, the crowd will love it.”
What keeps her grounded:
“I just focus really hard on constantly reminding myself of what is important, what is actually difficult, my jobs not that difficult, I think we get really swept up in thinking that because we have a lot of pressure on us our job is hard or that in some way it’s not the greatest thing that can ever happen to you getting to do this job because it is.”
The first show will take place in Japan on May 5th.