Grimes reveals Y, her new baby daughter with Elon Musk, in a cover interview | Wender Mind Kids

Grimes reveals Y, her new baby daughter with Elon Musk, in a cover interview

Grimes’ first record was a dune-inspired concept album called geidi primes, a reference to the militaristic planet ruled by a giant Stellan Skarsgård in the latest film. (She called herself Grimes because MySpace allowed her to associate herself with three genres of music, and she liked the name “Grime,” then a burgeoning British music scene.) Her father read her Frank Herbert’s book when she was four old was. she loved it. At a Met Gala, she cornered Sting, who starred in David Lynch’s much-mocked adaptation, and freaked him out with a healthy dose of it dune fan girling

For years, Grimes dreamed of directing her own adaptation Dune, With the more problematic colonialist elements swept out of the way, but hearing about Denis Villeneuve’s two-part blockbuster, she hit the road again and signed on to help with the launch, originally slated for November 2020. (“I was basically an influencer.”) And then, she adds, she was fired dune because of the Communist Manifesto Thing. She was depressed, but she understood. “There are things that have deeply not woken up dune Universe,” she says, so the studio had to be extra careful, and she was far from essential.

When she finally saw the film, she was amazed to find that this story, which she had adored since she was far too young, which she knew almost by heart, which inspired her first album – this story was now her story. Especially the story of Lady Jessica. That passes quickly on screen, but Jessica (played by Rebecca Ferguson) isn’t a wife, she’s a concubine. Grimes saw herself in Jessica, and she saw X in Jessica’s son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet). Paul is more than a duke’s son. He is a chosen one who is tasked with becoming a great leader. “When I see X,” she says, “I just know X has to go through all this damn shit that reflects Paul-esque stuff.” Seeing it broke her. “I cried my eyes out the whole movie.”

She knows that may sound absurd. Terrific. She wishes it felt like that for her too.

“I feel like there are very few people in the world who could feel the same way about their son as Claire did with X,” Mac says when I share this with him. I ask if it’s surreal to see his sister living this life. “Yes,‘ he says laughing. “But I’m not really surprised either? Because somehow she always gets into the craziest scenarios.”

Until summer In 2019, Grimes was in the early days of her romance with Musk and was canceled online for it, and she was also at an end miss anthropocene, their long (long) awaited follow-up art angel, while her longtime manager and closest daily confidant died of cancer. Her life, she says, has always been “level 10 chaos.” That was Level 11. She’d been doing everything herself for a decade, and she was sick of it.

She had to find a new way to be an artist, which meant finding a new way to make money as an artist. “I hate touring and I hate selling merch,” she told her new manager, Daouda Leonard, during her first FaceTime call. He laughs at the memory. “If you know anything about being a manager in the music industry…” At this point, most managers would have hung up. Instead he said, “Cool, you’re going to tour the metaverse and sell digital assets, digital goods. OK. Problem solved.”

They set to work creating an avatar of their bodies called WarNymph, and in February 2021, Grimes was among the first musicians to sell an NFT collection of digital artworks, some with accompanying music. Mac’s idea. That one drop earned her $6 million, more than any of her albums had ever done before. They constructed a deepfake of her voice that she plans to release with other intellectual property rights within Metaverse experiences and gaming platforms like The Sandbox, a kind of creative open-source experiment. Look at fanfiction, she says. There’s so much inventive stuff going on there if you know where to look. She has similar plans for an AI girl group she is designing called NPC, which is gamer-speak for “non-player character.” She sends the AI ​​girl group out into the world, you go do something with it.

The NFT project was so lucrative that she might not have signed her first major-label deal with Columbia Records if it had happened two weeks earlier, Grimes says. No recordings at Columbia, she adds — they were great — but she only did it to pay for the ambitious videos she had in mind. That for “Shinigami Eyes,” a futuristic dance-pop phantasmagoria, was among the first music videos to be shot on an extended reality (xR) stage, much like the way it used to be That Mandalorian.

Of course, signing to a major label was seen as another betrayal by Grimes purists, but where they see a sell-off, they see creative liberation. You sign with a tag — any tag, any size — for money that you can either put in your pocket or put back into the mission.

The foot traffic is heavier the next afternoon as I return to Grimes’ house, including little X. He arrives about 30 minutes after his mom and I settle back into the anime corner, and as he bursts through the door, she jumps with a delighted squeak. He greets me warmly and later offers her laptop so he can watch my neighbor totoro Miyazaki’s classic with the huge catbus.

In solidarity with all the new moms out there, Grimes is wearing the same outfit as yesterday. She didn’t touch her makeup. Respect. As she drives X off to a game date, I enjoy the view of the Colorado River from the living room. I look down and see a neat stack of picture books and at the bottom time‘s Person of the Year issue with X’s father on the cover. The room is dominated by a massive red couch shaped like a giant Tootsie roll and it looks amazingly comfortable, but the kids did a number on it, possibly both numbers, so instead Grimes sits cross-legged on the floor and we’re discussing the elephant of the year in the room.