Grimes Is Ready to 'Just Sit Around & Sing' on New Music

Eli Russell Linnetz
Grimes

"I think as a female, it's important to foreground the producer stuff. But I feel like I've just done that," Grimes tells Beats 1.

Grimes jumped on FaceTime with Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe on Thursday (Sept. 5) to discuss her brand-new track “Violence” with i_o and how she’s letting go of the producer reins to come into her role as a singer more.

“I hit i_o up and we made this song up in an hour. And then I was just like, ‘This must go on the album because it just feels good,’” she told Lowe. “And, you know what, you know what? It's just fresh.”

She’s exploring a fresh take on her artistry, one that swerves a little bit away from the producing role she usually embodies, and embracing her vocals more. But it hasn’t been the easiest transition, she revealed. “And I feel like for the first time, I'm really seeing myself as a singer, which is something I've never really done before, and it actually feels really good to just sing,” Grimes said.

She continued: “Because I've always just been so pushing that part of myself away because I've been like, ‘I'm a producer first.’ I think as a female, it's important to foreground the producer stuff. But I feel like I've just done that. And also, besides, I produced the rest of this album so it's like... I feel like I've just earned my 10 minutes to just sit around and sing."

Grimes gets to share those “10 minutes to just sit around and sing” with Charli XCX, as the two are working on a “psychotic techno” song and a separate pop song together that aren’t finished yet.

Listen to the rest of Grimes’ interview with Zane Lowe and her new single “Violence” with i_o below.


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