Grimes addresses ‘hostile environment’ for women in music

Claire Boucher speaks out against sexism in music industry

Grimes has claimed that “numerous” male producers have threatened to stop working with her unless she has sex with them.

The Canadian musician (real name Claire Boucher) released her fourth album ‘Art Angels’ last November, NME’s Album Of The Year 2015, and recently revealed that she is already working on new music.

Speaking to Rolling Stone in a new interview, Boucher was asked about the recent Kesha/Dr Luke lawsuit. Kesha has been denied freedom from her contract with the producer, who she has accused of sexual assault.


“I don’t know enough about the specifics of that situation, because it seems very complicated,” Boucher said.

She then added: “But I will say that I’ve been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like, ‘We won’t finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.’ If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that. I don’t think there are few female producers because women aren’t interested. It’s difficult for women to get in. It’s a pretty hostile environment.”

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Boucher has spoken about sexism in the music industry in the past. Last year, she spoke of her aghast of “going into studios, there’s all these engineers there, and they don’t let you touch the equipment. 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… It made me really disillusioned with the music industry”.

Elsewhere in the Rolling Stone interview, Boucher spoke of her love for Foals and Bring Me The Horizon. “I personally really love [bands] like Bring Me the Horizon and Foals. There’s definitely a future in rock, but it will probably be more fusion-oriented, like rock that uses 808s,” she said.