Songwriter Laura Pergolizzi has penned songs on her ukulele for the likes of Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys. Her own music, despite the odd wayward pledge from a major record label, has seen her star ascend from underappreciated writer of hits to internationally adored lyricist. “I like diversity and seeing a flower grow out of the crack of a sidewalk.”
Disorder: What are you working on right now?
LP: Just putting the final touches on my record. Very excited.
What people, places or things inspire you?
People living their truth and being who they are. Nature one minute and the dirty city the next. Variety of all kinds. I like diversity and seeing a flower grow out of the crack of a sidewalk. Persistence and patience and courage.
What artists turn you on?
My girlfriend (musician, Lauren Ruth Ward) cuz she is funny and fiery and brilliant. Leonard Cohen right now is really getting me. His insight and intellect is/was razor sharp and timeless and he sounds like a vampire who's lived a thousand years.
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A better person than now. A better artist and writer than now. Kindness in the face of anything.
What got you started?
Curiosity if I could do it. Staying open. Persistence.
What has been the biggest lesson along the way?
That it is indeed the journey.
Who was your first crush?
A girl I went to camp with. Blue eyes, black hair and 1000-watt smile.
Who are your favourite fictional heroes?
Idabel Thompkins in Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms is a character I really admired when I was younger because she was a bit gloomy at times; she felt like the world hadn't caught up yet, but hopeful and open in a friendly way. She felt like a kindred spirit to me. James Bond too. I wish I were the female version. Resilient, badass and dapper.
Where do you like to eat or drink?
A place called Minibar in Hollywood. It's small and a little swank. I'm over dive bars.
When do you feel most yourself?
I always feel like myself, to be honest. It's been a help and a hindrance at times.
When are you at your worst?
When I feel misunderstood or judged. Or sometimes underestimated. I don't like my temper.
What injustice do you hate the most?
Intolerance. Violence against women or children.
What talent do you wish you had?
To paint. It seems impossible to me how great painters do it.
What is your dominant characteristic?
Confidence and friendliness. Not necessarily in that order.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Understanding and patience. Because I need it. Lol
What innovation do you love most?
I mean smartphones are just kind of the most insane leap for most people. We can't even live without them now. How weird in such a short time, really.
Unpaid endorsement: what can you recommend?
Probably the voice memo app and notes app on my phone because without them I would forget all my song ideas for sure. So umm thanks!
What is your idea of happiness?
An evening with my love and friends.
What is your present state of mind?
Gratitude. No expectations in my mind. Just love of the work.
What would you do if you were not doing this?
I'd be a doctor of some kind.
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Photography: Dani Riot
Stylist: Payzee Malika
Make-up: Michelle Court
Hair: Rianna Henry