There are countless rumors about the pop star Ke$ha, known for No. 1 hits “Tik-Tok” and “We R Who We R.” Supposedly she had a sex change, she’s drunk all the time and she had sex with a ghost. It’s unlikely that any of that is true — and judging from the recent phone interview with BDN while she was on the road with her Warrior Tour, she’s actually quite down-to-earth and self-aware, and possesses a healthy sense of humor.
The pop star is set to perform at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Friday, Aug. 30, with supporting acts Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons. Tickets are still available. For information, visit waterfrontconcerts.com.
BDN: Have you ever been to Maine before?
Ke$ha: Actually, I went on a road trip there when I was a kid. I went camping with my brother. It seems like a long time ago, but I remember it being really beautiful. We were in the woods. It’s a beautiful part of the country. I’m excited to visit again.
BDN: Who do you take inspiration from with your live show? What can we expect?
Ke$ha: I wanted it to be a representation of me, because in the media I can’t control what people say about me. In both my TV show [“My Crazy Beautiful Life” on MTV] and my live show, I’m channeling a lot of different things and people. Sometimes I’m channeling Beyonce and I’m dancing my ass off. And then sometimes I’m wearing a trashy T-shirt and shorts and drinking beer and channeling my Southern girl. My influences go from AC/DC to dance and pop music, so I want it to be a culmination of a lot of things. Also, my whole operation is just really positive and fun, and hopefully that infectious energy comes across in my live show. It’s a crazy family.
BDN: What’s going on with your album with The Flaming Lips? What’s your working relationship with [The Flaming Lips lead singer, guitarist and songwriter] Wayne Coyne like?
Ke$ha: You know, that was a really happy, serendipitous accident. Two people from seemingly different worlds realizing we’re not all so different. When we get together, it’s like old friends. He came to my house and wouldn’t leave. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the music. We made some really, really great stuff and some terrible stuff! (laughs) We just wanted to express ourselves. That’s not always how it works in pop music, which seems so structured. I wanted to make music the way it was made in the ’70s, where you just get together and make a lot of noise and get weird and wild. We definitely lived that.
BDN: What artists, current or from the past, do you want your fans to know about?
Ke$ha: On my record [“Warrior”] I did a collaboration with Iggy Pop. He’s my hero. Between The Rolling Stones and Iggy, those are my heroes. I just wanted to work with him, of course, but I was hoping I could bring in a new generation of young people who have never heard him. I want to invite all the kids that love my music to explore rock ’n’ roll. I’m a huge fan of vinyl and everything from the ’60s and ’70s, and hopefully that rubs off.