Christine and the Queens is the Artist Breaking Barriers

Christine and the Queens is the Artist Breaking Barriers

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers. Here, Christine and the Queens, who is bringing her performance art to the United States this Fall

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers. Here, Christine and the Queens, who is bringing her performance art to the United States this Fall

Photography: Charlie Engman

Styling: John Colver

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Who are your musical icons?

Laurie Anderson, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Gainsbarre—each are both creatures and creators.

What was the first album you purchased?

It was when singles were still a thing, with cardboard sleeves and only two songs—Jamiroquai’s “Little L.” I used to listen to it in bed and dream up dance

routines. I loved Jamiroquai (I still do).

Which artists are you listening to right now?

I’m still very impressed by Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered, and I’m balancing between old and new: Max Richter, Abra, Anohni, Bruce Springsteen, Empress Of.

My favorite part about touring would have to be…

To actually marvel at how different it still is each and every night—not the same size, not the same floor, not the same people, not the same weather, not the same language, not the same feelings.

How would you describe your style?

Young teenage boy playing Annie Hall.

Do you ever get nervous before going on stage?

Let’s say that everything revolves around this very moment. Before, I’m focused, attentive to every detail: At what time? In front row, how many people? Half an hour before, there’s usually a glimpse of fear, but really, I ache to finally be there. I’m so in love with how everything feels on stage. It all tastes better, even the sadness; it feels empowering and true. I’m mainly nervous after, because I’m back in my tiny, sheltered little self.

The best thing about being a performer is…

Forgetting what you look like to focus on how it feels. When I’m on stage, this is where I actually feel present. I play with silences and accidents, I am the sweat and the muscles; I understand when it’s silent, and try to raise hands with my dancing; nothing exists out of this incandescence.

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Credits: MAKEUP AYAMI NISHIMURA USING DIOR BEAUTY (THE WALL GROUP)  HAIR TOMI KONO (JULIAN WATSON AGENCY) 

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