Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach ended up in a New York strip club.
It seems the pair had not previously met but were aware of each other's music. In an interview with The Sun, the singer described her meeting with Auerbach in New York and how the pair had met for dinner and wound up in a strip club. She said ''Dan and I weren't friends before this. We both knew each other's music, but it's not that we listened to it a lot of the time. The thing that was fun about Dan was we went out one night for a meal and ended up in a strip club in New York."
The pair evidently hit it off and they decided to work together quite simply because ''We were having a good time." They apparently "just looked at each other and said, 'Why don't we just do the record together?'" Auerbach is acting as a producer for Del Rey's third album Ultraviolence which is released today (13th June).
The 27-year-old told the tabloid she greatly enjoyed working with 35-year-old Auerbach. They appear to have collaborated well together despite their different approaches. In the interview Del Rey said ''The thing about Dan is that he comes from that DIY place and actually so do I, in a way. So there was a sense of freedom from working with him. He loved that everyone kept saying, 'Dan, are you going to make it bigger?' and he was like, 'No, Lana is just going to make it more personal'.
Regardless of their very different sounds, Del Rey and Auerbach were particularly interested in recreating a seventies sound. Speaking in the interview, Del Rey said ''I think the fact that we felt really free translated into this early Seventies sound, especially with his [Auerbach's] wah-wah guitars.
Del Rey's album has received largely positive reviews ahead of its release. There appears to be a sense of Del Rey's maturing as an artist as critics have commented on a sense of confidence in her voice, improvement in writing and nuances revealed through repeated listening.
Dan Auerbach has produced Ultraviolence.