Fiona Apple's long awaited fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do, hit stores to much acclaim last week and is expected to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 countdown.
The reclusive singer-songwriter talked to V magazine about the album and what went into its creation for their upcoming "Youth Quake Issue," out July 5.
In the interview Apple discusses pre-show drinking, the press and public's impression of her, the exes who impact her music and her lengthy hiatus. V reunited her with Mark Romanek, who shot the images of Apple that appear in the magazine's photo spread. Romanek directed her iconic music video breakthrough "Criminal."
On having a drink before going on stage:
I think I did a really smart thing a few months ago. I’m one of those people, one of the many, that has a drink before every show. I just don’t know any different. And I really needed to learn how to not do that. … I thought that having a drink was what took the edge off or made me feel more confident, less self-conscious or whatever. But it turns out to be the other way around. And now I don’t immediately react to myself or judge things that are going on. It doesn’t even occur to me anymore. I think I’ve grown up in that way. I became less inhibited. I don’t care as much about being judged.