By “shit,” I of course mean IMMENSE KNOWLEDGE. And yes, “Immense Knowledge” is the name of their weed strain of choice.
FKA Twigs is a lot of things. She’s a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, an artiste and Robert Pattinson’s promised one. And after reading her interview with ES Magazine, I learned that she either took the same Scientology homeschool classes as Willow and Jaden Smith or all of their brains were cut from the same hemp cloth. Because FKA Twigs gets deep. FKA Twigs may look like Fievel’s sister from An American Tail, but when she stares out into the vast night, she doesn’t sing Somewhere Out There, she reads the stars.
FKA Twigs talked to Charlotte Edwardes of ES Magazine to promote her performance art project ROOMS, which is playing in London for a few dates. Charlotte writes that she was told that Twigs (May I call her Twigs?) takes a second to warm up during interviews. Charlotte was obviously lied to, because Twigs blew minds out of skulls right out of the gate with her thoughts on age and time. Charlotte asked Twigs a very simple question, “How old are you?” and this happened:
‘In human years, I am like 28. But how old are we really? We don’t even know. In time that humans have set, which isn’t real, I’m 28. But like how old am I? You don’t know how old you are. Your son could be older than you. What are we talking about? Human years? Soul years? Creative years? Years of what? That’s how I see things. I don’t know how old I am. I can’t say.’
Once Charlotte finished collecting her brain from across the room and put it back in her head, she asked Twigs about childhood idols. Twigs never had any. Not even Prince!
Who did she admire when she was young? ‘Nobody.’ Who was on her wall? ‘I’ve never done anything like that. I think it’s weird.’ Was she inspired by anyone at all? ‘No. People always ask me that and I can reel off names, but none are true.’ Early Gaga? ‘Not really.’
What about Prince? ‘I was aware of Prince and David Bowie, yeah,’ she says, ‘but I grew up in a house where I listened to acid jazz from when I was like, five, and Latin. So I never appreciated someone like Prince as boundary-pushing because for me, I was like, “This is natural.” I bought his album and thought, “Yeah, course he’d be doing this.”’ Now she gets why he was such a one-off. ‘But when I first discovered him it wasn’t like, “This person is so different”, because that is what I was brought up with.’
Twigs got into talking about how ROOMS is based on astrology, and that led to her talking about how the deaths of the 27 Club members were written in the stars.
‘The stars are an alphabet to a whole language we haven’t even discovered yet.’ The project is based, she explains, ‘on your Saturn Return. It happens when you’re around 27 to 31. Have you noticed a lot of people do well in their careers when they get to 27, or that something happens? It’s like this sudden awakening that you get. All the little seeds that you’ve been planting, good or bad, come together’.
She says Saturn Return contributed to the deaths of those singers in the ‘27 Club’— including Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison. ‘That’s not a coincidence that all these amazing artists die when they are 27,’ she says, adding that it’s ‘scientific’.
And finally, Charlotte brought up FKA Twigs’ video for Papi Pacify. In the video, a dude shoves his fingers in Twigs’ mouth and she says it was inspired by an emotionally abusive relationship she was in. She also says that as messed up as it is, the emotional abusive was kind of “sexy.”
‘In the relationship I couldn’t communicate. The person I was with was stopping me from explaining how I felt. So the physical manifestation is someone putting their hand in your mouth. But there’s an element, too, of liking that as well. It’s messed up. It’s addictive.’
I suggest that’s a brutal image. ‘Violent, or beautiful?’ she asks, adding: ‘It’s kind of sexy, like emotional abuse can be tender. That’s why it’s messed up. If you are in an emotionally abusive relationship, it can be tender, that’s why you stay. And you stay because there’s a poorly part of your mind that likes it.’
Back to that age thing… I swear, Carter Lochte, Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebel Wilson, Jessica Chastain and Eminem just became disciples of the Church of FKA Twigs. Finally, someone gets it! They’re probably going to try to get the date on their birth certificate changed to: Time isn’t real. How old are we really?
That pretentious mess of an explanation has become my new go-to answer whenever anybody asks me how old I am. They’ll roll their eyes for so long that they’ll forget what they asked me and just walk away. Thank you for that, FKA Twigs. You are truly a wise and old (but I don’t know how old really) soul.
And here’s her Papi Pacify video:
Pic: ES Magazine