The man who made music with David Bowie for decades has spoken about the late singer's thoughts on Lorde.

During an interview with Periscope Mike Garson, long-time pianist and collaborator, could not say enough good things about the young Kiwi singer.

Garson was beside Lorde, 19, when she paid tribute to her idol at the Brit Awards last month, belting out Life on Mars in an acclaimed performance.

He was part of an original Bowie touring band who took the stage to back her.

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"Lorde was beyond nervous, she said what got her through it was able to think about singing it it David, which was really beautiful," he told Periscope.

He also gave some insight into Bowie's belief that Lorde would pave the way for modern music.

"David really liked Lorde, and he sort of felt like she was the future of music, and they had a few wonderful moments together," Garson said.

"She was the perfect choice. I actually think some of David's family members and David's management had some suggestions that she would be the right one... They wanted to bring the next generation in."

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Garson described her rendition as "absolutely magical" adding that she possessed a maturity beyond her years.

The pair rehearsed for hours prior to the Brits, meeting up at Garson's New York studio, in London, and again at the O2 Arena.

"It was an amazing, momentous experience, and she really did justice to him."


- nzherald.co.nz