Grimes has said loud and clear that she is not a fan of celebrity culture or the music industry, of which she is a part.
“Celebrity culture stifles an f. I’m not stopping the music, but I’m definitely changing my main job after BOOK 1, ”she wrote on Twitter Tuesday (December 28). “The music industry feels old and tired, dependent on archaic systems.”
Celebrity culture stifles an f. I don’t stop music, but I’m definitely changing my main job after BOOK 1. The music industry feels old and tired, dependent on archaic systems
– (⌛️, ⏳) ᚷᚱᛁᛗᛖᛋ (@Grimezsz) December 28, 2021
Grimes recently teased BOOK 1, which appears to be her upcoming sixth studio album. She said her last clip for “Player of Games” was “Chapter 1 of Book 1” in the YouTube clip description. The experimental pop singer last released an album, Miss Anthropocene, February 21, 2020. The ensemble spent two weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, where it peaked at No. 32.
Issa Rae, whose award-winning HBO series Unsafe recently completed its five seasons on Sunday, echoed Grimes’ statement about the ‘archaic’ music industry in a now viral interview with the Los Angeles Times. “This is probably the worst industry I have ever encountered,” she said. “I thought Hollywood was crazy. The music industry has to start over. Conflicts of interest abound. Archaic mindsets. Crooks and criminals! It’s an abusive industry, and I really feel for the artists who have to get into it.
When fans offered Grimes alternative day jobs, she closed a suggestion to become a Twitch streamer. “I hadn’t become a shaking steamer because I think public speaking is my weakness,” Grimes responded to a Twitter user. But starting a podcast might be on the table. She replied to another follower: “Maybe we need to introduce the concept of homo techno.”