“Equality for all doesn’t mean ‘at the detriment of this person or that person,’ it means equality”
St. Vincent has spoken on the continuing fight for equality for women in the music industry, saying that she “sees the tide turning” for female artists and music professionals.
The musician, AKA Annie Clark, was a headline performer and award-winner at Sunday’s Grammys, where she picked up the award for Best Rock Song for ‘Masseducation’. She also performed live with Dua Lipa, with the artists mashing up their songs ‘Masseducation’ and ‘One Kiss’ with ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’.
Speaking to Rolling Stone after the ceremony, Clark gave her thoughts on how the music industry could empower more women across the board.
“I’m in a position where I get to hire people,” she said about her own recent experience. “In the past couple years of this album campaign, it’s been really female-centric.
“From the directors of show to content to the people I employ on tour, I feel that I’m very lucky to be able to employ women, because I am a woman. And I’m not threatened by other powerful women. I encourage them and I also enjoy being surrounded by them.”
Clark also spoke about women still requiring “a seat at the table” in the industry.
“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” she remarked. “So it’s a question of having more women in positions of power to give people a chance who, for reasons of unfortunate systemic sexism in this case, have not had the opportunity. I’m on a coalition with Alicia Keys to encourage female songwriters and engineers.”
“I see the tide turning,” she added. “Equality for all doesn’t mean ‘at the detriment of this person or that person,’ it means equality.”
St. Vincent has also recently produced the new Sleater-Kinney album, and she told Rolling Stone that it’s sounding “fucking vicious”.