Quotes by: FKA twigs

FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs performing in Sydney, February 2015
Background information
Birth name Tahliah Debrett Barnett
Born (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 28)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Electronic[1][2] avant-pop[3] trip hop[4] experimental[5]
Singer songwriter record producer director dancer
Vocals keyboards synthesizer drums
Years active 2012–present
Labels Young Turks
Associated acts
Arca Boots Sampha Kentrillion
Website fkatwi.gs

I was never the pretty girl at school. I'm tiny and mixed-race. I grew up in a white area. I was always the loner.
FKA twigs
I was always the poor kid, even though I very much tried to pretend to be the other way. Always well presented. Always really active in the school, doing fashion shows, plays, involved in every single aspect of the school. Overcompensating, I think, for the fact that I knew I wouldn't be going on the ski trip every January.
FKA twigs
I think we live in a culture where it is really difficult to get privacy because everything is so accessible. It's very difficult to maintain your comfortable life with a sort of mystique.
FKA twigs
Obviously I know if you're putting yourself out there, saying, 'Hey! Listen to my music!,' with pictures of yourself in the magazines, then people are going to judge you. 'I hate her music. I hate her hair. I hate her production. I hate her videos.' Fine: don't care. That's the great thing about art: it's not for everyone.
FKA twigs
I've never been into the typical R&B voice, with runs and bluesy sounding words. That doesn't suit me.
FKA twigs
I'm appealing to people who want something different, but the world, on the whole, doesn't really embrace different things. Not on the whole.
FKA twigs
It's really easy to project this whole ideology of what being an artiste is, and I'm just not down with intellectualizing it. I just think, if you feel like doing something, then do it.
FKA twigs
I want people to see what's inside my head rather than just looking at me.
FKA twigs
I feel confident that the work I've put in will make people see me as a music artist before anything else.
FKA twigs
Being a gal, people can be a bit patronizing. 'Oh, look at you using the computer.' They would never say that to a boy. And I don't let them do it to me.
FKA twigs
I'm an artist, and I'm a bit weird, and I'm probably a bit eccentric.
FKA twigs
I definitely keep myself to myself; I don't really go out. If my friends want to see me, they know to come around to my house.
FKA twigs
You have to recognize at some point that even though you have the passion and creative level to be able to do something, you might have to do a lot of prep. Sometimes you just can't do it as quickly as you want to do it.
FKA twigs
I love my music, so I want to produce, write, and serve my music. I've had to learn about EQ frequencies and programming and space and clutter and how to be a better piano or bass player - everything.
FKA twigs
Fashion's important to me, but beauty fades. All that stuff is fun while it lasts, but anything can happen tomorrow. You've got to have so much more about you than the way you look or your clothes.
FKA twigs
Racism is unacceptable in the real world, and it's unacceptable online.
FKA twigs
I always felt like Tahliah's a very grown-up name to have. It's a pretty name when you're young, and then I think when I became a young lady, it felt kind of like a lot to grow into for some reason. I don't know. It sounds kind of regal. I never really liked it. I always felt like I couldn't live up to it.
FKA twigs
When I first put out music, people didn't know what I looked like. They called it a new type of something; they couldn't put a genre on it - it was where indie and urban kind of meet in the middle. I thought that was quite exciting.
FKA twigs
What makes me happy is having a really nice day out with my mum, or getting better at something I've been working hard at.
FKA twigs
When I was younger, I had conversations with friends about wanting to create something different. Every young musician probably thinks that. But it's difficult to do, because there are only so many words, notes, melodies, songs. But as soon as I stopped thinking and started feeling, it worked. I didn't realize it till I was done.
FKA twigs
Being beautiful isn't everything... Sometimes it's interesting to show how you feel on the inside on the outside, just through expressing yourself.
FKA twigs
When I first released music, and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: 'I've never heard anything like this before; it's not in a genre.' And then my picture came out six months later: now she's an R&B singer.
FKA twigs
If you're an artist, you have to use everything to your advantage, even the pain.
FKA twigs
I once said to a boy, 'You're a really good kisser,' and he said, 'You're only as good as the person you're kissing.' I think it's the same with the music.
FKA twigs

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