FKA Twigs is responsible for some of the most interesting, thought-provoking, and experimental work of any artist right now; she’s an expert dancer, singer, choreographer, and even directs her own music videos. But how does she do it?
Recently, FKA Twigs sat down for an interview with “The Creators Project” on YouTube to discuss the inspiration that drives her ground-breaking work. Twigs also explained her mother’s influence, her background as a dancer, and why it’s cool that some people just don’t “get” her.
“I trained as a dancer from when I was eight years old, and did ballet, and tap, and modern, and I worked my ass off when I was a kid to be trained properly,” she said. “Then the first music video I did, it’s kind of, ‘Can you put on these shorts?’ ‘Can you stand over here?’ ‘Can you look cute?’ ‘Can you rub up on this rapper’s leg?’ I remember thinking, like, ‘Ugh, ten years of training for this?’”
Like the true feminist badass she is, Twigs ditched this misogynistic perspective immediately, creating her own unique vision instead.
“I have such left-field ideas, I feel quite precious about giving them away to somebody, because how they would interpet it wouldn’t be how I see it in my head, necessarily. So then I said, ‘Well, I might as well do it myself,’ and that started working out for me.”
Twigs also praised her mother for helping her grow into the highly-creative artist she is today. “My mum just let me do whatever I wanted to do, in terms of being creative when I was a child. If I wanted to be a cat for the weekend, I could just be a cat, and that was cool.”
No, Twigs isn’t carrying fiance` Robert Pattinson’s baby. She did, however, explain why donning a fake baby bump in the video for “Glass & Patron” made her feel “sexy.”
“For me, instead of doing 1,000 squats and wearing a push-up bra, I wanted to feel what it would feel like to be sexy with a baby bump,” she said.
“I think that, on the whole, people really understand my work… I feel like I have a lot of support,” she admitted. “But with my profile growing, it enters into a world of people who don’t understand me, and they’re never going to understand me, and I don’t expect them to understand me, and I don’t want them to understand me. And that’s also okay.”
Finally, she added:
“I feel like if everyone did get it, I’m doing something wrong.”
The words of a true artist.