Phoebe Bridgers, From a Whisper to a Scream
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Grammy-nominated artist Phoebe Bridgers spoke on the challenges she’s faced constructing, releasing and performing a new album amidst a pandemic.
Speaking following her performance on Saturday Night Live, when she smashed her guitar, Bridgers also spoke on the lack of diversity in the music industry behind-the-scenes, telling CNN: “ I'd love to see more boring jobs go to women.”
Bridgers also spoke on recent allegations against Marilyn Manson, describing the singer being dropped by his label as “performative activism”.
Phoebe Bridgers on Smashing Her Guitar During on Saturday Night Live:
“I’ve always wanted to do it, and then when I mentioned to the show, they were really excited and they built me this whole monitor that would look like it was exploding, even if I wasn’t hitting it that hard. So yeah, just a bucket list thing… People were saying it's derived or corny, and I’m like, well yeah – it’d derived or corny after the first time somebody did it. That’s the whole, that’s the whole point.”
Bridgers on Whether the Music Industry Is Doing Enough on Diversity:
“I think there's still a big issue just on an administrative level. Like, they put a lot of women and people of colour in the performance role, and then you go and meet with a label and it's all White men who work there. So, I’d love to see more producers and directors and A&Rs who are women. I think it’s really important. it's just advantageous for companies too... I'd love to see more boring jobs go to women.”
Bridgers on Her Recent Comments Following Allegations Made Against Marilyn Manson:
“I think it’s very funny that Marilyn Manson's label decided to drop him right when the story went public, and people have just known about it for so long. I find that very annoying. I think it’s a lot of performative, performative activism, basically. I think people should take more responsibility internally. It doesn't matter how many people know about it, you should, look into things like you're the FBI. But when people make people money, it's really hard, I know, it’s really hard to walk away from that. But I think more people should.”
Bridgers on Comments Describing Her as a Voice for a Younger Generation:
“I do. I think that, it’s just, what a wild time to be alive. I feel so much for teenagers who are supposed to be in school right now, and obviously the political whirlwind of the past four years has just been, there’s just so been much shared trauma within a certain generation of people growing up. So, I definitely resonate with that.”
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