Twenty years after Peaches released her debut album ‘Fancypants Hoodlum,’ which helped introduce the pop world to a darker, unapologetically brasher, and more empowering sexual side of female musicians, the Canadian contemporary artist shook the world again with her sixth album, ‘Rub.’ Her first album in six years, ‘Rub’ has garnered international acclaim, which is unsurprising, as the album features some of her best work to date. The Toronto native sat down with us and shared her love for Amy Schumer, Grace Jones, and not following anyone’s advice.
NeueJournal: What would you say is the best advice you’ve ever received in your life or in your work?
PEACHES: I’m really bad at these questions, ok best advice: don’t follow anybody’s established advice.
NJ: If you had to describe your music without using genres, what would you say it’s like?
P: Raw Meat.
NJ: What do you like better: writing or performing, and why?
P: You can’t have one without the other. I like writing and I like having both to play with off of each other. I need both.
NJ: I would imagine there are good performances and bad performances. What ingredients make a show or a performance great?
P: You can feel that people are into it and you feel a connection with people. That’s very important.
NJ: I know you have collaborated with a lot of different artists. Other than what you’ve already done, if you could collaborate with someone outside of the world of music, who would it be?
P: Probably Tina Fey and Amy Schumer.
NJ: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
P: Panic and a cup of coffee.
NJ: Do you identify separately as a musician and as an artist or do you think the world makes those distinctions?
P: The world. It starts with music and it goes into a lot of other things that are important: performance, art, politics, and fun.
NJ: When you are in a rut or funk, whether it’s in work or life, how do you get out of it?
P: I do something completely different. I try not to continue in whatever the rut is, try to go against the rut. Shake shit up.
NJ: What, if anything, makes you feel bliss?
P: Peace of mind. On a calm lake with a double blow up bed, floating on it. In weather that is not over 80 degrees.
NJ: Ideal dinner table, who is in attendance?
P: Oscar Wilde, Prince, Amy Schumer, Broad City Girls, Judy Chicago because of her dinner plate, you know she made like a dinner table of all her favorite women’s vaginas, so she should be there using her vaginas. Also Louise Bourgeois, she is an incredible artist, and Grace Jones because someone has gotta fuck shit up, someone has gotta eat all the oysters.
Photography: Chris Luttrell for NeueJournal