By Lingxiu Chong
Grimes is perhaps the female musician of the moment, rising from an oddball sound that the New Yorker described as “home-brewed electronic music” into a blazing pop star/producer that breaks new artistic and political ground. Her best friend Mike Tucker calls her “the patron saint of this generation”, and Fader dedicated a cover story last August to her following the launch of her latest self-produced album “Art Angels”. It’s a madcap journey through the ups and downs of her adolescence and early career that’s taken her most recently to LA and to reconcile herself to the “entertainment industry”. Most importantly, it gets to the heart of her ambition:
“Representing the alternative,” she says. “Not having to answer to a big label. Not having to answer to anyone artistically, but also being visible. I think being visible is important to me because I’m trying to represent something politically.” I ask her what she thinks that is. “That women can do technical work,” she says without missing a beat. “That I can be a producer and a pop star and also very experimental.”
For bravely owning the production of her music and challenging the industry’s gender stereotypes, we say more power to her.
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