The 'Video Games' singer named Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain as a heavy influence while starting out as an artist.
"When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing 'Heart Shaped Box' on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks," she told Sirius FM. "I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.
"I never revisited his music again until I was about 17 or 18, and then when I did, it still meant just as much to me then. It's continued to be my primary inspiration - in terms of not wanting to compromise lyrically or sonically."
She also named Thomas Newman's American Beauty soundtrack as a starting board for when she works with new producers and songwriters.
"I talk a lot about Thomas Newman's score for American Beauty. That was a soundtrack I really was inspired by.
"Think Thomas Newman's score for American Beauty meets early Bruce Springsteen 'sex Americana'. Put them together, but place it in Miami and have me singing it. That's what I tell them."
Del Rey's debut album Born to Die will be released on January 23, 2012.
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