Musician also compares her working technique to Trent Reznor ahead of forthcoming new album
Grimes has explained how her experience of sexism made her disillusioned with the music industry and also informed the recording of her new album.
Speaking in a new interview with The Fader, Grimes, aka Clare Boucher expressed strong opinions on creative processes and sexism in the music industry and how that’s affected her long-awaited follow-up to her 2012 debut ‘Visions’.
“Going into studios, there’s all these engineers there, and they don’t let you touch the equipment,” she said, referring in part to her 2013 Tumblr rant on the same subject. “They’d be like ‘No, just tell us what to do, and we’ll do it’. And then a male producer would come in, and he’d be allowed to do it. It was so sexist. I was, like, aghast. It made me really disillusioned with the music industry.”
In particular, Grimes is keen to put across the message that ‘women can do technical work’. Stating: “I don’t fucking give a shit about gender. And the thing that I hate about the music industry is all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Grimes is a female musician and Grimes has a girly voice’. It’s like, yeah, but I’m a producer and I spend all day looking at fucking graphs and EQs and doing really technical work.”
Boucher revealed there’d be “a lot of diss tracks” on the album, including one “about male producers”.
‘REALiTi’ was recorded in Squamish, British Columbia, where Boucher took a leaf out of the Nine Inch Nails frontman’s songbook. “Trent Reznor started out making music on computers. He was smart. He was coming at it from an intellectual perspective. He made ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ all by himself. That’s where I came from.”
While recording, the 27-year-old musician had a deep desire not to have “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”.
Grimes announced via Twitter that ‘REALiTi’ will drop in October, but the exact date will be a ‘surprise’ for fans.