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Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher. (Chad Batka/The New York Times)

Industry sexism

Pop star Grimes says several male producers tried to pressure her into having sex

By WITW Staff on April 15, 2016

Popular Canadian synth-pop artist Grimes told Rolling Stone that several male producers have tried to pressure her into sex. When the magazine asked her about Kesha’s ongoing rape lawsuit against her producer and former label boss, Dr. Luke, the singer/producer said she couldn’t comment, because she didn’t know enough about the specifics of that situation and it seemed “very complicated.”

Instead, she shared her own experience working as a woman in music, saying: “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.’ If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that. I don’t think there are few female producers because women aren’t interested. It’s difficult for women to get in. It’s a pretty hostile environment.”

Grimes — real name Claire Boucher — has often been outspoken about sexism in the industry, telling The Fader how people in the business would see her as a performer and fail to acknowledge that she produces her own music, and explaining in the New Yorker that as soon as she collaborates with a man, people will assume he did all the work. “It’s a mostly male perspective – you’re mostly hearing male voices run through female performers,” she said. “I think some really good art comes of it, but half the population is not really being heard.”

She seems to be fed up with the subject, however, tweeting yesterday:  “Most annoying thing about my job: being asked about ‘music industry sexism,’”adding: media propagates sexism by portraying me as a victim rather than the successful producer that I am.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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