‘Why do we keep doing them for dead artists instead of living ones who have stage fright?’
Grimes’s year is shaping up to be pretty wild. Besides planning to kill off her stage name (having changed her legal name to the lower case and italic c) and sharing rough demos of standalone songs, the singer has announced her first album since 2015, Miss_Anthropocene.
In yet more surprising news, though, this might be the last traditional album Grimes puts out, and she would also like to step away from live touring, according to an interview in Flaunt.
“I’ll never sign with another label,” she says (Miss_Anthropocene is the last record she is obliged to release with her label). “I’ll never have to put out another album... If I didn’t have this whole requirement to release an “album”, I would have just dropped a bunch of music ages ago.”
But the really interesting thing is her attitude towards touring: “I wanna retire from touring. I wanna do a hologram tour,” she says. “Why do we keep doing them for dead artists instead of living ones who have stage fright?” Asked about said stage fright, she adds: “It’s nightmarish. Apocalyptic. Terrifying, horrible.”
So, could we be looking at a future grimes hologram tour? It could definitely fit with the future-neon aesthetic of her late-2018 video, “We Appreciate Power”. The future of live music may not be human.