FKA twigs is truly a rare and unique talent. The English singer-songwriter/dance extraordinaire covers one of the four issues of V Magazine‘s “The Music Issue” and talks music, her concept short film for Google Glass, voguing, and more.
Check out some excerpts from her interview below.
On what inspires the music she creates
I went to St. Edward’s, in Gloucestershire, and I was in choirs. When it was cold and raining, we’d go to rehearsal and learn about harmonies and dynamics. I’ve never been into the typical R&B voice, with runs and bluesy sounding words. That doesn’t suit me. As a ballet dancer, I grew up with classical music. I’m not a classical musician, but I like the way the music pays attention to dynamics.
On her music being considered alternative R&B
If I say “alternative red” to you, it’s not red, is it? “Alternative R&B” is patronizing to R&B. R&B is R&B—it doesn’t need an alternative. There are plenty of artists now experimenting with electronic music, manipulating sounds. We can make a train into a synth. We can make drips into hi-hats. I can record sounds on my phone and make a song out of a city. I don’t know what that has to do with R&B.
On her #throughglass short film for Google Glass
Google asked me to make something with Google Glass, as an ad. When I used it, a video appeared in front of me. I thought, “OK, this is a great way to learn moves.” You can’t do anything crazy, because the glasses will fall off, but it’s helpful for learning choreography. The idea for the video was that every time I Googled something, it would appear. I’d Google “vogue,” and a girl appeared, voguing, better than me. But that person was me, so it was a glimpse into the future. I was using technology to improve my art.
For the past two years, in New York, I’ve been voguing and learning more about the movement. I go to kiki balls and reach out to dancers. I’m not even that good, but I’m getting there. We need to be careful not to take something just because it’s cool. You have to do it wholeheartedly, not just for attention. Watch, sit, practice, and let someone tell you that you’re doing it wrong. Get embarrassed. Have someone tell you your hands are horrific, or that you’ve been dipping wrong for the last six months.