Back in August, FKA twigs dropped her M3LL155X EP, a collection of the stunning, stuttering electro-R&B we've come to expect from her. But despite her immense talent, she's still learning -- as she revealed in a new interview in Paper magazine. And she's learning a lot.
Learning that the ideas of "fandom" mean way different things to different artists. Learning that she's got a lot of ground to cover before she can freestyle vogue dance for longer than two minutes. Learning that just because she doesn't have children now doesn't mean she can't start planning for their futures.
And we learned a lot, too, just from reading her responses. For example...
She's into Taylor Swift but not necessarily interested in joining Taylor Swift's squad.
"I think Taylor Swift is great, but I wouldn't necessarily think, 'Oh my god, I have to be friends with her.' When I meet fans, they're quite creative and intelligent, kind, sensitive. Some are old ladies, witch doctors from Louisiana, kids that have just left art school. Gay or lesbian couples, straight middle-aged couples..."
She takes pride in her "throbbing energy."
"Obviously Björk is a very sexual and beautiful woman, but she often keeps her sexy on a down-low. I don't really do that. I throb. Do you know what I mean? I have that throbbing energy, and I accept it, and I harness it when I need to. It's not even a conscious thing."
?She loves cake.?
"Being on tour, you have to be strict: sushi, tuna, sea bass and vegetables," she told Paper's Jazz Monroe, before quickly including another important dietary addition. "But I do love cake. I mean, I love it. Cake's amazing."
She's played ping-pong with Prince.
"I've never had that, 'Oh my god, I've gotta wait backstage!' There is one person: I met Prince when he did a little show at Paisley Park in Minneapolis, where I supported him. I was a little bit like, 'Wow. I met Prince.' Because he is, obviously, so epic. But even then, he just gave me some black currant juice and we played table tennis."
She doesn't like calling fans "fans."
"I'm happy that people can roll with me, give me a chance, and let me explain my songs through my visuals. But I don't even like calling fans 'fans.' It's like, [pulls face] Ugh, fans. [laughs] It's just people that like your music."
...probably because she never fangirled for anyone growing up.
"I never went to any shows. I went to ballet class, or opera lessons. I was a bit too focused when I was a kid."
She views her work with a blue-collar mentality.
"I do this because I want my children to have a nice life, and I want my children's children to have a nice life. And I want my grandkids to be proud of what I've achieved. And I want to be a role model, but not for the world. I don't mind about that -- that'll come or it won't come. It's no different from being a car salesman. Imagine if I said to a car salesman, 'Why are you doing that?' [They'd say] 'Cos I want to work hard, and I want to have a nice life, and when I have kids, I want to be able to buy a house.' It's still the same values."
She's still learning how to be better at lots of things...even texting.
"I need to get better at being in front of the camera, not feeling awkward if I go on the red carpet. Or when it's one of those moments where you're suddenly the center of attention. It's fine like this -- if you're talking to me, I don't feel awkward. But if it's loads of people, like, 'twigs! twigs!' I don't... I need to get better at that. I need to get better at talking to people in groups. If I go to a party or dinner party, not feeling like I have to be really quiet. I need to get better at texting people back. I need to get better at relaxing. I don't get much time off, but even if I get one evening, I'm like, 'I will hand wash everything I own.'"
She's not anybody's "wet blanket."
"Me and my mates, we do whatever we wanna do. And actually, I think there's something quite punk about that. Not screaming into a mic or wearing leather straps every day, but doing whatever the f--k I wanna do. So to me, that's punk. That's not a wet blanket."