Janelle Monae Talks New Album, Diddy & Love
Posted by Media Outrage on April 16, 2010
Janelle Monae is a cover girl for HoneyMag’s latest issue. Peep excerpts from the interview after the jump…
Describe the sound of the new album?
I like to think of my music as very trans-formative. If you listen to the album from the beginning to the end, you will be transformed. It’s an album that’s deals with self-realization as well. You start to realize things about yourself you didn’t know. One big emotional picture for the mind.
Take us through one of your typical days.
It’s hard to imagine myself not working on any art. I do enjoy Tim Burton, so I do enjoy him and I like watching his movies. Edward Scissor-hands is one of my favorite movies. I draw inspirations from Nightmare Before Christmas. I am a visual artist as well, so I enjoy painting and I enjoy getting in touch with my spiritual side a lot. And I like riding horses, I haven’t gone in a long time but I do enjoy that. I love laughing, I enjoy eating candy, I love reading, from George Orwell’s 1984 to listening to a Brave New World by Aldous Huxley on audio book. I enjoy feeding myself knowledge when I’m not recording, I enjoy learning and expanding my mind a little more and doing things that are therapeutic for me. I love my family; I love talking to my mom, my sister and my nephew.
What does your closet look like? Is the tux really your daily uniform?
Exactly like that. I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. It’s an experiment I’m doing. I think I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Do you find time to date?
I do. I think that love is very beautiful and it’s an energy that I love having. I do date and I do have someone that I love. Someone that understands me very well and encourages me to be the best person and artist I can be. I couldn’t ask for a better android.
Describe how you felt when Diddy approached you?
Big Boi from OutKast called me and said that Diddy was trying to get in touch with me. He said that [Diddy] loved what I was doing online. During that time I was releasing my own material independently, so he flew down to my release party and saw my performance. He said “Whatever it is that you need me to do from a business standpoint to a promotions standpoint, I will do.” He said he loved the art that I was creating and he just wanted more people to know about it. And he was a man of his word. It’s a partnership. I already have a record label, my team. We are self- contained, so that was the one thing that worked with us to be able to creatively remain in control. I don’t have any horror stories; I think he is a wonderful guy, very supportive. He is a believer and I love him for that. He is an Archandroid.
Were you surprised that Diddy took interest?
There was a part of me that says why wasn’t he? I don’t think he is a stupid guy at all, very smart.
What new artists are you feeling?
Montreal, Solange, Erykah Badu, Deep Cotton, George 2.0. A lot of Atlanta artists that I want to expose to the world. I like listening to artists who care about the art and aren’t concerned about who is watching them.
Read the complete interview HERE.