FKA twigs is the alter ego of Talilah Barnett, a 26-year-old British singer, who is currently the centre of everybody’s attention. She started out mixing beats and singing for local rap artists in her quiet Gloucestershire hometown. At 17, she set off for London to become a ballet dancer, but gave up dance school to work as a social worker. When the financing for an ambitious youth project she’d been leading fell through, she returned to making music and has released two EPs since 2012, both of which were received with great excitement.
Critics say that FKA twigs has revolutionized R&B, but she herself rejects the idea that her music is limited by a certain genre. She has created a very specific style, both in her music and in her aesthetic. She directs and produces her videos and records her music herself because she didn’t want to give in to the usual production and marketing structures. With her twisted mixture of hard electronic beats and her high, at times merely whispered singing, she is celebrated as the next big thing.
If you want to check out what‘s behind all the hype and whether FKA twigs really is the next big thing, don’t miss her concert at the Mojo Club!
Where: Mojo Club
When: 20.10.2014, 9 p.m.
How much: 24€
by Sina Binsau