“I do not create music to please the majority and I do not care about record sales”
From Catholic school girl to Lady
Gaga, Stefanie Germanotta, 25, is a regular fixture on the world’s power lists, the reigning prima donna on social networking sites and mother monster to millions of fans. Lady G goes gaga over India. Excerpts from an interview.
Q. Was India everything you had imagined or was it better?
A. I was so nervous before landing because it is a totally different place for me. I have wanted to visit India for years now. I arrived during the festival of lights, it was so beautiful. I im
mediately felt at peace.
Q. Your wardrobe often grabs headlines. But the signature Gaga touch seems to be missing in India. Did you tone it down?
A. The wardrobe for my Indian trip is different
because I want to honour Indian design talent and the Indian spirit through what I wear.
Q. You are very vocal in your support of homosexuality. Why?
A. I believe in equality for everybody. And being an artiste to me is all about being able to speak about things that matter to me. I do not create music for money or fame.
Q. How do you balance this definition of an artiste with the commercial requirement to sell records?
A. I do not create music to please the majority and I do not care about record sales. I have worked my entire life to get to this place where I can speak freely to the world and my fans. And I put my heart and soul into it.
Q. Did the Indian fans live up to your expectations?
A. My little monsters welcomed me with such warmth. When I met them they hugged me, telling me their life stories in those five minutes that I spent with them. These are experiences I will cherish for life.