Noah Cyrus Opens Up About Her Burgeoning Music Career

Noah Cyrus Opens Up About Her Burgeoning Music Career

The youngest member of a music dynasty takes the wheel and readies to make tracks. (Literally!) Sitting down with V, she discusses her upcoming album and gives new meaning to the phrase driving force.

The youngest member of a music dynasty takes the wheel and readies to make tracks. (Literally!) Sitting down with V, she discusses her upcoming album and gives new meaning to the phrase driving force.

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: Joseph Akel

JOSEPH AKEL What was it like growing up in the Cyrus household? Was creativity everywhere?

NOAH CYRUS Everyone is super creative in the family. My mom was a producer—she still is. She has a show coming out on Bravo. My brother Braison is one of the most talented guys I’ve ever met. He can pick up any instrument and learn it in like 10 minutes. My brother Trace is in a band called Metro Station. My sister Brandi is in the new show with my mom on Bravo. Miley is so creative and so passionate about everything she does. It’s a really cool family to be in, I have to say.

JA They often say that the youngest sibling in the family is the rebel. Would you say there’s any truth in that?

NC That’s a good question. I wouldn’t say I’m a rebel, but I do like pushing the limits sometimes.

JA Did you have the music bug when you were little?

NC For sure. I was on my dad’s tour bus when I was super little. My dad did a tour of Annie Get Your Gun when I was really little and I loved going and seeing him do that.

JA But at what point did you think, I want to take this to the next level? I mean it’s a big step from having the bug to going out and saying, “I want to put something out for everyone to hear.”

NC About three years ago, right around my 14th birthday. I had been listening to Ben Howard’s album, I Forget Where We Were—I was just crazy about it. It was the best album I’d heard and it was really inspiring to me. I wanted to write my own music after that.

JA There’s a lyric in “Make Me (Cry)”—your first music video—that goes, “Couldn’t see the rain, we’re too busy makin’ hurricanes,” which I love. What was the inspiration behind it? Was there someone you were thinking of?

NC No, I wasn’t thinking of someone in particular for that track, but I was thinking about what it’s like when you meet somebody and you experience a feeling of first love and then heartbreak. I wasn’t speaking of a specific person, I was thinking, What if? What if I didn’t make it out of that relationship?

JA While you’re only 16, your songs have such an emotional maturity to them. Are there singer-songwriters who are role models for you, like Linda Perry or Dolly Parton?

NC Dolly has always been a huge inspiration for me, so you killed it with that one. Of course, Ben Howard. Lady Gaga—I’ve always looked up to her. When Love Game was released, I freaked out. Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Sky Ferreira, those are just a few. But then there are others, like Johnny Cash, who I’d listen to with my dad when I was little.

JA Gaga was a big inspiration for you this year, correct?

NC I have been stuck on Joanne. Gaga has just killed it and this year, with that album, she has really inspired me. She has always inspired me.

JA What is your biggest hope for 2017?

NC I want to get my album out. I want to work really hard and make great music. I’m excited to have people hear what I’ve been working on for the past two years.

JA What can we expect from your debut album? Where are you in making it?

NC I’m having the greatest time writing songs right now. I’m getting to meet other writers and am making friends out of it. It’s all coming together really well.

JA Describe your creative process to me. When do your lyrics come to you?

NC Often, I could be driving down the highway and I think of something and I go, I gotta put this into my next session. A lot of times I get what I want to write while I’m driving. I love listening to music in the car, perhaps because of my dad—that’s all he does. Whenever he makes a new album, he puts it on in the car and says, “If it sounds good in the car, it’s gonna sound good anywhere.”

JA You’re a prime candidate for “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden.

NC That is my dream! I think he is amazing. I talk about it all the time. James Corden is literally one of my favorite things to watch.

JA Well, James Corden, when you read this interview, know that Noah Cyrus is ready to bring it on.

NC And I want to drive!



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