After years of label battles, controversy-prone pop oddball Sky Ferreira is ready with her debut album, Night Time, My Time. She talks about her recent drug arrest, the record’s unnerving artwork, and struggling to be taken seriously.
Reaching 21 years of age is considered a rite of passage for most young people, but for Sky Ferreira, who did so just three months ago, the milestone is little more than a marker of where she’s been so far. “I’ve literally been doing this half my life, since I was a preteen,” she exclaims, referring to her well-documented origin story as a major-label casualty-turned-major-label outsider (while still being on a major label). We’ve just sat down at Brooklyn eatery Cubana Social, and Ferreira is extremely amiable, prone to exaggerated facial expressions and gesticulation; she’s in constant motion throughout our conversation. Coming off of a busy day that included a photo shoot in Manhattan, she’s decked in a backwards leather cap and oversized buffalo plaid flannel—a baggy slacker in fishnets.