Kim Gordon has been notoriously private for most of her career. Only in her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, did she discuss her childhood and highly scrutinized divorce from longtime partner and Sonic Youth bandmate, Thurston Moore. But as an artist, Gordon has remained tight-lipped when it comes to analyzing her own work. In a new video for Huck Magazine, she finally opens up about her artistic process and recent single, “Murdered Out.”
Blindfolded, and speaking to an ominous voice behind the camera, Gordon talks about seeing John Cage in concert when she was only 10 and how that inspired her.
“It’s just something that always gnawed at me,” she says.
Discussing “Murdered Out,” Gordon reveals the inspiration behind the single, as well as the uneasiness that comes with her new role as a solo musician—the gloomy industrial banger was Gordon’s first ever release alone, and under her own name.
“I try to block out an immediate awareness of the audience when I’m making something,” she explains. “That’s one reason I like to do collaborations in an art context, because it defies the idea of the individual artist—you can’t tell who did what, and then the idea of talent can’t be pinpointed.”
Gordon’s post-Sonic Youth collaboration with guitarist Bill Nace, Body/Head, released their latest EP, No Waves in November. With no plans for an individual album, it looks like “Murdered Out” is the only solo Kim we’re going to get.
Watch the full interview, below.