“At first, I guess, there was just Grimes. I don’t technically have control of her narrative anymore.”
That’s how Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, began her new mini-documentary on her new album Art Angels.
She continues: “She very much exists in pop culture now. Grimes as one person cannot represent more than a couple of ideas. That’s why I started developing some of the other characters, like really abstract from who I am and how I am.”
Posted by FADER, the five minute video talks about her alter-egos and has a chat with featured artist Aristophanes over Skype. The Taiwanese rapper will feature in SCREAM.
She also explores the difficult of maintaining her own creative control. “I’d constantly be getting emails from producers and stuff being like, ‘I’d love to work on some tracks on your album,’” she says. “That’s like me saying to you guys, ‘Hey can I film this interview for you?’… People just offering to do your job all the time. It’s infuriating.”
Boucher is firmly fixated on the plan to remain in control of her own music.
“Just let me do my fucking job, or why else am I fucking here? I don’t want to be just the face of this thing that I built. I wanna be the person who built it,” she explains.
It’s an interesting watch with some great insight into the new chapter of Grimes. Watch in full below.
Grimes will be playing a couple of side shows for next year’s Laneway Festival.
Wed, 3rd February 2016 – 170 Russell, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
Wed, 10th February 2016 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (TICKETS)