Artist St. Vincent has spoken out on issues she has faced in the industry in a recent interview. She shared her sentiments about how women are sometimes misinterpreted in the music scene.
Annie Clark, the person behind St. Vincent, spoke to British Vogue about what she thinks is partly happening in the industry, especially with women: “I think people wildly underestimate women – they think we lack intelligence,” she said in the interview.
She added this is noticeable partly due to how some people perceive the music of women in the industry. “I do still think people have a tendency assume that if a woman is singing a song, it must be literally true,” St. Vincent added. “They think everything must be emotional, a diary, and obviously that’s not the case.”
Some music fans may recall artists that were often the subject of controversy due to the nature of their songs. Take Taylor Swift, for instance, as a lot of her fans and critics say much of her music is heavily inspired by details of her daily life. Although some would say this is true, this makes St. Vincent’s assessment partly true.
St. Vincent also discussed her relationship with the supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne. Clark explained she and Delevinge did not attempt to hide the relationship in the first place, hence their reaction when their relationship caught the public.
“I fell in love with this very famous person. It’s not anything I was in any way ashamed of, so I wouldn’t have hidden it,” Clark said. She added her views on how her sexuality was viewed in the media after this big “reveal” about their relationship.
“Modern culture definitely recognizes gender and sexual fluidity in such a way that the idea of ‘coming out’ is… coming out as ‘what’? Myself? What’s the big deal?” she said.
St. Vincent has been active in the industry since 2007. Her music style received praise due to its distinctiveness. Her music has blended soft and experimental rock, jazz, and electropop.