As the June 19 release of Fiona Apple‘s Idler Wheel… swiftly approaches, we’ve been seeing a lot more of the ’90s tour goddess. The “Every Single Night” songbird’s most recent appearance is in BlackBook‘s latest issue. At 34, it seems that Fiona is far from the “Sullen Girl” we first met in 1996, with a fresh outlook on life.
“I don’t think I’ll ever have an idea of what I look like to the rest of the world. It’s all your own perception. I could easily be concerned with how I’m taken and then have all the good stuff filtered through to me and choose to believe that. For the rest of my life it’d be the truth for me, but not the whole truth.”
On Twitter and oversharing: “They want me to tweet now, but I don’t. It doesn’t feel natural to me. But I do find it actually more interesting to see people posting ridiculously mundane shit. I like to hear about what people had for breakfast or what they did all day. It’s interesting because I don’t know how other people live.”
On no longer using songs as “pep talks” to herself: “I use myself as material because that’s what I’ve got. But these days I write less than half of my songs to get myself through things. I have to find other things to be meaningful — otherwise I’d just be miserable all the time.”
How she deals with pre-show jitters: “Some nights I’m very, very nervous, and some nights I’m not at all. I think, ‘This is ridiculous. I’m not a person who does a show, I’m a person who should be on a couch watching TV.’”
On her acceptance speech at the 1997 MTV VMAs: “I felt that I had finally gotten into the popular crowd, and I thought, ‘Is this what I’ve been doing this for?’ I felt like I was back in the cafeteria in high school and still couldn’t speak up for myself.”