Dec 11, 2015 10:16AM

Grimes Gets Deep On 'Art Angels' In New Documentary


If you're planning on procrastinating today (it's Friday, of course you are), we recommend watching this Fader-produced documentary on talented human Grimes. In it, she voices her frustrations over trying to maintain control of her narrative/art (especially as a woman) and how that necessitated the creation of alter egos on her album Art Angels

"At first, I guess, there was just Grimes. I don't technically have control over her narrative anymore. You know, she very much exists in pop culture now. Grimes as one person cannot represent more than a couple ideas," she says. 

"That's why I started developing some of the other characters, like really abstract from who I am or what I am. You can start being an actor and, like, start adding in more voices and start realising that not everything has to fully reflect you. The art angels are the face of it."

The DIY artist/producer also calls out producers who try to take control of her music under the excuse of "helping" out on her tracks (as if she needs it).

"I'd constantly be getting emails from producers and stuff being like, 'I'd love to, like, work on some tracks on your album,' and it's just like, that's like me saying to you guys, 'Hey, can I film this interview for you?'" she says. "It's like, people offering to do your job all the time, and it's just infuriating."

"You have to push people and you have to become aggressive or you can't get your way." Get. 'Em. Girl.

Another definite highlight is the giggly Skype convo she has with Tawaniese rapper Aristophanes, where they discover just how musically MFEO they are. You can watch it/fall in love with her all over again below: 

Photo: @grimezsz

Madeleine Woon