As GQ reports, yesterday, at superstar house producer Richie Hawtin’s house in Ibiza, Grimes played a special DJ set for Boiler Room, one that was broadcast live online. Boiler Room DJ sets are usually a place where musicians can display cooler-than-thou taste in minimal bass music or whatever, but Grimes went the other direction, loading up her set with sugary pop music: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, the Ramones, Skrillex, Daddy Yankee, the Venga Boys’ “We’re Going To Ibiza,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” You’re never going to believe this, but people got real grumpy about these decisions on Twitter, claiming that Grimes was trolling. Not so, says Grimes.
In a series of tweets after the Boiler Room set, Grimes wrote, “oh god, i wasn’t trolling boiler room. i don’t think there is a dj rule book. i will leave it at this: nothing about anything i do is ironic.” (She’s since deleted the first tweet, the one about trolling.)
And here’s the thing: Grimes is completely right. If you’ve been paying the slightest bit of attention to the things Grimes has said on Twitter or in interviews, none of her choices in that DJ set should be the slightest bit surprising. She’s always claimed Mariah Carey as a titanic influence, and she’s never been shy about proclaiming her love of bright, fun, well-crafted pop music, Taylor Swift in particular. And if I was out dancing and someone played a bunch of random, fun pop songs, I can’t imagine being upset about that. Speaking personally here, there’s a different mentality at work that I don’t understand: The one where you watch a live-streamed DJ set online and then snort dismissively on Twitter at the DJ’s choices. If it bothers you that much, why not just click the tab closed and then go outside or something?
Last month, Grimes’ boyfriend James Brooks released the Stop Pretending EP. And even after the whole flap over “On Fraternity,” the lyric that sticks with me the most is from the title track: “Something you’re dismissive of is the reason I wake up.” So maybe consider that for a minute before shit-talking in the comments section.