Annie Clark, known more popularly as St. Vincent, recently opened up to Rolling Stone Magazine, giving a little bit of insight into her experience growing up in Oklahoma and the dramatically altered life she now leads. Speaking on a number of different topics ranging from sexuality, to heavy metal, to Nirvana (whom she actually played with), Clark—whose still riding the high from her brilliant self-titled release—lets us all in for a few precious moments, savor the best bits below.
On her adolescent love for Nirvana:
I was just as into the politics as I was into the music, maybe even more. It was tough and confrontational, Kurt was such a feminist, and the scene was so radical, punk, and queer.
On “Prince Johnny” and her ideas surrounding sexuality:
[Prince Johnny] is unpacking some of what it means to be a ‘real girl’ and a ‘real boy.’ We get handed down these ideas of gender and sexuality: You’re supposed to be this or that. What happens if you float around the cracks and don’t fit into these narrowly prescribed things? I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don’t really identify as anything.
On anxiety serving as an inspiration for her music:
I have really catastrophic thoughts, where I’m not in control. When you’re forced to deal with something big that you don’t understand, you try to find ways to interpret the universe in a way that can make you feel safer or alleviate that crazy. For me, it was music.
Read the whole article in Rolling Stone.