It appears that Santigold, like the name of her new single, has a big mouth. In an interview with Pitchfork, Santigold talked about her new album, but the prevailing takeaway in the media seemed to be her distaste for LMFAO. Of the schizophrenic dance act, Santigold said, “I watched a music awards show last year and started crying afterwards. I just felt really sad that people go along with stupid wack sh*t. I’m sorry, but LMFAO performed at the Super Bowl? Aren’t they a joke band? That type of sh*t makes me cry. I’m like, “Really?””.
Along with her obvious abhorrence for LMFAO, Santigold appears to take issue with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga too, parodying both of the pop stars in her video for “Big Mouth”. Santigold said of the Perry and Gaga imagery used in the video, “That was actually not intended in the way everyone thought. I am not that familiar with Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, I swear to God. I missed that. I can’t say the director missed that, though — it might have been his brilliant interpretation of my song, but we never discussed it. I’m disappointed with the state of music right now, but it’s not really about anybody specific. I think there’s a lack of true art, and the fanfare is valued over actual substance. It’s like you don’t have to make good music to be f**king huge. Now, I’ll say that, and all the little kids will be like, “F**k you. I hope you die.” [laughs] Don’t let them think you dissed Lady Gaga!”
Admist the controversial comments about pop music, there are actually some interesting tid bits in the interview too. For instance, speaking about her new album thematically, Santigold reveals “Most of the songs are about being in control of your world. That was a really important message for me as an artist in this process, but also in the world right now. We’re in a weird place. There are so many riots and rebellions going on. It seems like a truth is coming out. Like, “Disparate Youth” is about the youth creating their own world and not having to take this broken sh*t that’s handed to them. I played my record for Jay-Z a while ago, and he was like, “It sounds like a revolution.” [laughs]”. The album, Master of My Make Believe is out May 1st, and we’re simply intrigued to see what it’s all about, if the music will hold true to Santigold’s credence as an “artist”, and what broader social issues the subject matter will tackle.
Santigold Talks Long-Awaited New Album [Pitchfork]
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