Hey, Bjork Critics: She Is A Boss, Stop Asking

by Maggie Stamets

Bjork. Is. The. BOSS.

Too often people will question whether or not Bjork, in her 40 years behind the mic, has actually been in charge of her own music or if her trademark progressive electronica sound has been cultivated at the hands of producers.

Clearly Tri Angle Records’ new boss Robin Carolan is as sick of these acusations as we are. On Tri Angle Records Instagram, he posted a stunning picture of the Icelandic singer with the caption, “Simple answer; yes. She is the boss. 100 percent. She writes, produces, composes, sings. She might bring people in to facilitate her vision, but first and foremost it is HER vision. Guys (and it’s always guys) need to understand this. She needs no one. How much incredible music does one woman have to release until people cut this crap?”

From the time her first album, Bjork, was released in 1977 when she was only 12, Bjork has been in full control of her own work and vision.

Carolan continued to highlight the infuriating sexism that runs rampant in the music industry and the reporting on it. “Kanye can have 90 odd collaborators on his records…” Carlan continued, “but irregardless most people will still say he’s a genius. Bjork might have 2-4 collaborators on her records and people still question ‘oooh, but is she actually doing anything aside from singing?’ It’s pig ignorant bullshit … If someone like B is suspected of being some kind of vacuous vessel, then what the fuck hope do other newer female musicians have?”

He also makes a good point about women working in music today. If Bjork isn’t known as a creative genius in charge of her own shit, how the hell are young women in music today going to be taken seriously? Carolan’s third comment said, “I’m not one to rant online, but I think it’s established at this point that B and I are close, so often guys think they can ask me that kind of thing in ‘wink wink’ fashion, as if I’m really going to say ‘Oh yeah, she does fuck all when it comes to her own music’. It’s insulting on multiple levels. If someone like B is suspected of being some kind of vacuous vessel, then what the fuck hope do other newer female musicians have?”

But on a happier note, Carolan dropped some Kanye-ego-sized hints that we can be expecting some mind-blowing, glass-ceiling-shattering new music from our queen soon. Until we get more concrete news, bide your time listening to her birthday DJ set from Tri Angle’s 5th anniversary party:

Image via Instagram/ Tri Angle Records

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