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Canadian singer-songwriter Grimes is fresh off her crazy Coachella performance from the weekend (which featured Janelle Monae and a Bernie Sanders projection), and is already back on the road giving us some out-of-the-box performances.
Grimes, AKA Claire Boucher, appeared on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show yesterday for a short set in the studio. Joined by HANA, who accompanied Grimes when she opened for Lana Del Rey’s Endless Summer Tour, Grimes performed a 30-minute set which included some cuts from her recent album and a cover of a song she claims is one of her favourites.
She put her own touch on the classic Franz Schubert song, “Ave Maria”, which was first composed in 1825 and performed two stand-out tracks from Art Angels: “Flesh Without Blood” and “REALiTi.”
Between songs, Grimes and Mac spoke on the recording and song-writing process of Art Angels, her approach to her music videos, and her stage presence. Listen to the interview and performances below. Skip to 2:15 to hear “Flesh Without Blood”, 12:10 for “REALiTi”, and jump ahead to 21:00 to hear her rendition of “Ave Maria”.
In light of Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke, Grimes has been in the news recently, speaking on the lack of female producers in the male-dominated music industry and how she’s been a victim of sexual harassment from male producers.
“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,'” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
media propagates sexism by portraying me as a victim rather than the successful producer that I am.
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) April 14, 2016
Grimes is heading back to Coachella for weekend two before continuing her tour which with stops in North America and Europe.