Grimes discusses ‘diss tracks’ and her new album
Grimes is releasing her new album in the near future, and it’s not about to frivolously skirt around reality like her peers in the pop world. “They’re not all diss tracks, but there’s a lot of diss tracks,” the Candian star (otherwise known as Claire Boucher) explained in a recent interview with The Fader. What she was referring to was the album’s content; scrapping a previously made LP, Boucher said what will be released carries a more “happy and angry” tone. Particularly, the subject of anger is more prevalent in the conversation. Among the “disses” mentioned, Boucher described her experience with sexism in the industry.
“It made me really disillusioned with the music industry. It made me realize what I was doing is important.”
Pouring her feelings into song, Boucher produced a satirical track about sexist male producers featuring helium-infused vocals signifying male weakness. Another track on the album featuring three female MC’s is about women making themselves “…too scary to objectify.” These themes justify the importance Grimes feels about her work; women around the world can relate, and sexism remains a persistent societal flaw. She puts the universal sentiment into perfect words: “I live in my own house that I pay for. I bought all this equipment myself. I control my own life now. No one has any say over what I do or where I go or when I do it.”
“Women can do technical work… I can be a producer and a pop star and also very experimental.”
Getting to know the woman behind the fantastical pop figure “Grimes” was also a focal point of the interview. Boucher had no problem recalling monumental parts of her life in vivid detail. Parts that tied into the album included her childhood without gender boundaries, dark periods in her life, and becoming healthy and happy again thanks to those close to her. The raw nature of the interview did an excellent job of showcasing Claire Boucher as a person. Learning more about where she came from gives a whole other dimension and understanding the Grimes ego and its music.
via: The Fader
photo credit: John Londono