After a year of explosive performances (electrifying, even) and killer accolades for both her live show and the record that currently inspires it, 2015's Art Angels, Grimes is... not super into her own voice, it turns out. And she's definitely looking to move on from the style she's been immersed in for this chapter in her career.
The performer — who covers this month's V magazine — has admitted that she's far more into making music than listening back to herself on tape, and that's going to be affecting how she creates moving forward.
“Honestly, I don't feel very confident in myself as a singer,” she told the fashion mag. “As I get older, I’m probably going to try to be more involved in the behind-the-scenes work, and less involved in being the frontperson. I think where my pride in my work lies is in my production, editing, and directing. I’m not a trained musician; this is something that happened almost randomly. I’d rather be compared to my peers who are producers — I think that’s a world where I’m capable at achieving at a higher level.”
She's also looking to make a drastic change from the sound and feel of Art Angels to her next album, however that may take shape. Art Angels is an audio mainline of adrenaline, and she doesn't want to keep up that speed.
“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she continued. “I feel like my work has always been fast-paced, kinetic, and almost just manic, and I feel like for me, the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy. I’m so ADD in my work; I really want to push myself into something that would be slower and more reflective.”
She may be in the minority in the “Not a fan of Grimes's voice” camp, but hey: Change is good, and it seems like this could be the beginning of a really fantastic transition for her.