Ke$ha: "Give Haters the Finger and Do Whatever You Want to Do"
Glitter-trash Princess Ke$ha will break in the newly christened Ak-Chin Pavilion tonight with rapper Pitbull. The pairing of Mr. 305 and MTV's latest reality star may seem unlikely, but according to Ke$ha, the two just want to bring a party and make you dance.
She isn't your typical cookie-cutter pop star, either; her video for the first single from her latest release, "Die Young," features Pentagrams and what appears to be a virgin sacrifice. She goes hard, and if you get her drunk enough, she might pee on you. We talked to Ke$ha ahead of tonight's show.
Up on the Sun: After the massive success of your debut, Animal, were you ever concerned about a sophomore slump?
Ke$ha: No. Honestly, everyone kept asking me that, and I wasn't really concerned with what the critics were going to say. I don't really make music for the critics; I make music for my fans and for myself, so I just wanted to make a record I that I was proud of and that my fans could connect to. The main goal with my music is to tell my stories and to make people happy.
Would you ever consider making a full on rock n' roll record?
How did you get involved in the occult?
At a young age I was just kind of really obsessed with people. I think people are the most fascinating and scary things on the planet. I went to Columbia one summer and just studied psychology because I was obsessed.
My band, myself, and my dancers consider ourselves and my fans a cult. I think we share the same beliefs that life is magical, and we want to live every day to the fullest, and we don't really care what other people think. We don't hate and we love each other and we support each other. It's all about love and acceptance. After just studying it for so long, I just wanted to be a positive and wild influence on people.
How important do you feel your role as a pop star is to younger people?
I never signed up for the role model card, and that was never my intention; I just wanted to make the world dance and make people happy. After I toured the world and saw how many people my music reached, and I realized the underlying message that I am supposed to be giving is positivity and acceptance and freedom -- I really feel like young people can be themselves and be free and be open and honest. Yes, my music is rowdy and debauched, and seemingly on the surface level is not the best influence for young people, but there actually is an incredibly positive underlying message in everything I do.
Do you have any fond memories of Phoenix?
Yeah, I do. If you watch my TV show on MTV, My Crazy Beautiful Life, the place where we ended our last tour was in Phoenix, and a huge part of my crew is from Phoenix. I know Alice Cooper is there, and I worked with him and I call him "Dad."
I love Phoenix. I've gone camping and hiking there, and had wild nights there, and the very sentimental end of my last tour was there.
Do you remember peeing in a booth at The Lodge in Scottsdale?
Yeah, that was bad. I was being free with my urine at that moment.
Did you ever think doing a tour with Pitbull might not be a good fit for your fans?
The reason that Pitbull and I teamed up is because we met a couple years ago when I worked with him, and we have always had a really good time together. I know maybe when people hear the tour combination for the first time it seems odd, but all we're both doing is trying to incentivize the world to be a happy and fun place, and make everybody dance. There's no competition with him, which I really like, and I like touring with people who are very supportive of each other. Our crews have dance parties together.
How do you deal with going on-stage in the summer when it's still light outside?
I hear it's going to be hotter than hell there. I've learned to like going on early, and it's kinda nice because it's sunset hour. When it gets dark, I think people get more debaucherous and they start making out with each other. I'm down for whatever; I'll get the party started.
How do you deal with negativity in the press?
I used to get really offended and really sad, but now I just don't go online or read magazines, and the only TV I watch is nature documentaries. I just kind of ignore it, because my whole message is to give the haters the finger and do whatever you want to. If I'm gonna tell other people to do that, then I have to practice what I preach. Of course it sucks when people say nasty shit about you -- I'm not gonna lie, it's a bummer. But I'm surrounded by my rowdy cult of rowdy misfits when I go on tour.
What genre do you consider your music to be in, or how would you describe it?
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