I've read you wanted to be a Disney kid though.
[Laughs] I’m not sure I’d really want to be a Disney kid, but I am fascinated by them. It’s this crazy world that’s wrapped in plastic and pink frills, and underneath it’s all really fragile. It’s like they’re puppets waiting to break out, and when they do break out it’s either amazing or a disaster. I just find that whole world confusing and scary and fascinating.
How do you think you would have fared on a reality singing program like “Pop Idol” or “The Voice”?
Oh, I would never, ever, ever in a thousand years do one of those programs. Even if someone paid me like the biggest amount of money I could imagine, I would never go on those shows because I feel like they put you in this box and tell you exactly what to do. It really pisses me off when the guy goes on and he has slightly long hair or whatever and they’re like, “Oh, this is the 'rock' guy.” Then he comes back for the final week and they’ve made him dye his hair red and wear some stupid tie with a piano on it. So they have him dressed up like Avril Lavigne’s 12-year-old boyfriend because he once had long hair and played guitar.
Did you record “What I Like” in response to Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”?
[Laughs] No, I didn’t. I actually haven’t heard that song, which is probably very uncool of me. I need to go listen to it now.
You did bring in Danny Brown for the remix. Are you a fan of hip-hop in general?
Yeah, I am. I have a theory that when the world ends, all rappers will survive and repopulate the earth, because rappers both female and male are, like, the coolest people, and I assume all their children would be really badass and amazing and funny and the world would be a better place. I used to want to be a rapper when I was younger. I was obsessed with Eminem and I’d wear big white T-shirts and write my own raps, but they were all [bleep].
The album closes with “Lock You Up.” Have you ever been arrested?
[Laughs] No, I haven’t. Is that really uncool? Well, we were driving the other day and we got pulled over for speeding. But that’s about as hardcore as I get, really.
Were you the one driving?
I wasn’t. I was asleep in the back and missed the whole thing.
So the best you can say is you’ve been an unwitting accomplice to speeding?
[Laughs] Exactly. Sorry to disappoint!
Charli XCX opens for Marina and the Diamonds, 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Riviera Theatre. Sold out.