The brilliant Janelle Monae has landed the latest cover of urban magzine Honey, decked out in her signature tuxedo and holding a red rose in her hand. Don’t ask me what the dice on her shoulder mean though, because your guess is as good as mine.
In the accompanying interview the visionary artist opens up about her new concept album The ArchAndroid and her trademark tux that she never seems to leave home without.
On the sound of The ArchAndroid and whether her music has changed since she began:
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.
I wouldn’t say my music has changed significantly. I’ve always been a music lover of great albums: Stevie Wonder’s Music of Mind, Innervisions, to David Bowie. It’s always been in me to pull from these inspirations and to come up with something unique and to pull from myself…
On her signature tuxedo wardrobe:
…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.
On her plans for TheArchAndroid:
We are shooting a video for every song on the album, The ArchAndroid. We are creating a very strong narrative. We have a graphic novel coming out at the time of the release. This is a very special project. I’m very excited about the future and I have no idea what is in store.
Amazing. If The ArchAndroid comes out in Australia it’s definitely going to be an album I’ll be buying legally, and I haven’t purchased a physical copy of an album since Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon and a Dolly Parton boxset I got a while back.
Anyways The ArchAndroid hits US stores on May 18. To check out some brilliant photo’s from the Honey shoot head on over to the C.S. Perspective.