By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

Lenny Kravitz Interview

lennyIt’s been more than 20 years since Lenny Kravitz wrote and produced his classic debut, ‘Let Love Rule’, which introduced the world to a dreaded hippie whose sound melded an array of musical influences from classic rock to funk. Today the Brooklyn born rocker – sans dreads – continues to thrive and surprise us with his multifaceted talent – and expressions.

If you think a day in the life of Lenny Kravitz entails all night parties and supermodels, think again. In fact, you’re more prone to find the Brooklyn-born rocker taking it easy with his family than living the ubiquitous rocker lifestyle he once indulged in. Today Kravitz shares his time between the high life in Paris and a humble farm in the Bahamas. With 10 albums under his belt and his first acting gig in the critically acclaimed Lee Daniels’s film, Precious, it’s safe to say retirement isn’t in the cards for Mr. Kravitz any time soon.

What are the ups and downs of being Lenny Kravitz?

I mean the ups are great; first of all I get to make music. That supports my life and my family. Doing what I love and being able to support myself and my people with that, and enjoy it, is amazing. But it’s very difficult to forge a relationship… Meaning a romantic relationship. I move around so much that my life is kind of nuts.

It’s crazy how all of our TV shows now are reality and fame. It’s kind of scary that we are so into celebrity and in most cases celebrating people that don’t necessarily have any particular talent, right?

Why do you think there is such a big focus on being famous?

Our culture is all about that. It’s crazy how all of our TV shows now are reality and fame. It’s kind of scary that we are so into celebrity and in most cases celebrating people that don’t necessarily have any particular talent, right?

How has it affected your life being famous?

I think early on I wasn’t ready for it, although I grew up with a mother who was famous and my child’s mother was famous. I left home when I was 15 and I was very much a gypsy and a hippie, so when the fame thing began to happen by virtue of just being successful, I had to learn to close down. I had to learn to not be so open because I was like ‘Come one come all. Let’s have fun, let’s hang out.’ I was that kind of person and people started to take advantage and see what they could get. I had to curb my natural vibe. That was hard.

How conscious are you about your image as an artist?

I think it’s something that’s inside of you. I don’t really think about it. Sometimes I’m very covered up and a little dirty as I am right now. Sometimes I’m more glamorous. It all depends on how I feel. Right now, I’m feeling kind of regular.

What do you like the most about being ‘on stage’?

I feel at home. I would never…Turn my back on a friend. 10 years from now I’ll be…Still rockin’ I’m a big fan of …Miles Davis

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Alexandra Phanor-Faury is a married, Haitian-American journalist living in Brooklyn, NY. Alexandra has reported and written about music, fashion, art and celebrities for websites and publications such as i-D, Nylon & NylonGuy, People Magazine & People.com, Courrier International, BlackBook.com, Trace, Giant, Teen Vogue, Page Six Magazine and Bloomingdales’ Little Brown Book.
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