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As far as backstage rock-star antics go, Lorde's are pretty tame. So tame, in fact, that they sound oddly reminiscent of something your grandma might get up to at her senior-citizen residence.
The New Zealand singer is one of several performers — including Tinie Tempah, Kelis, and actress Juliet Stevenson — to reveal their pre- and post-gig rituals in today's Guardian Weekend. While Tinie Tempah isn't opposed to a cheeky vodka cranberry before a show, Lorde is more likely to be found napping or nibbling on berries.
"Usually before a gig I have a sleep in my dressing room under a blanket I take everywhere with me," the 17-year-old shared. "I eat some berries or some dried nori (which I get all over my face) in place of dinner, because a couple of hours before the performance, my stomach starts heaving and I feel like I'm going to throw up — even when I'm not that nervous. It's the weirdest thing."
Donning her signature suit is also crucial ("Once I've got my suit on, I can do anything"), as is joining her band to "get in the zone." And then there's the stretching.
"I do lots of stretching, because when I perform my limbs fly all over the place," she said. "The boys laugh at me lunging across the room."
And, yes, there is a method to this madness. "I'm a very physical performer," Lorde explained. "I fill space with the movement of my hands, my arms, my head, my stance, and that all helps communicate what I'm talking about."