Olivia Rodrigo talks about her writing process for ‘Driver’s License’: ‘I was literally crying’

Olivia Rodrigo recently wore her heart on her sleeve and shed light on her process behind the craft Driving license.

The singer began by detailing the “pain in this song” for AppleMusic Zane Lowe. There she was quoted saying, “I wrote most of the song literally crying in my living room, and I think it definitely has that feel.”

“I was driving around my neighborhood, listening to really sad songs and crying in the car, and I came home and I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll write a song about this, cry in the car’.”

“So I just sat down at my piano and pulled off a few chords that I liked and it kind of just happened. But it was really, really natural and organic. [It was] very much me who writes in the depths of my emotion.”

“The pain is really real in this song. “I really think I try to approach recording all of my music from a place of emotion. I think the emotional performance is the best, even if it’s not technically the best sound.”

“I posted a cover of one of her Lover songs, ‘Cruel Summer’, like a weirdo, and I did it on Instagram Live and she found it and she posted it on her story and said, ‘That’s amazing. Thank you so much’.”

“And I screamed my head off, I was so excited. I’m just the biggest Swiftie in the whole world, so I tweeted her all the time and I just post stuff about her organically because it’s is how I feel as a 17-year-old girl.”

“But this time I was asleep and my friend called me on the phone and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s 6am, can I call you back in two hours?’ And he’s like, “No. Absolutely not. Check your Instagram right now.”

“And in the drowsiness of my sleep, I checked my phone and she commented on my picture and I almost died…almost died. Literally, I’ve admired her for as long as I can remember, so this was so nice of her to do that.”

Scott R. Banks