Janelle Monáe On How She Came To Love Music, Leading The Wondaland Revolution + More
Janelle Monáe will always be everyone's favorite funky android, but these days, she's leading the Wondaland revolution with might and grace. After solidifying the production house as its own imprint with distribution through Sony Entertainment, announcing that Wondaland would be gracing the world with its very first compilation in Eephus come May 6th and just generally being a boss in every regard, it's hard to argue that Miss Monáe is now a force unto herself with administrative acuity and the illest set of moves in the game. Recently, she chopped it up with the good folks at VIBE, delving into the nature of being a boss, the very moment when she (or in this case a relative) knew she would be an entertainer and the countless instances in which she slighted by the boys club that is the music industry. You can read the entirety of over at VIBE, but be sure to get a taste with a few compelling excepts below.
>>>Read Janelle Monáe's Full Interview (via VIBE)
On catching the spirit from Michael Jackson's "Bad":
"According to my Aunt Gloria, it was apparent that making music was my dream after she took me to Michael Jackson’s “Bad” concert in my hometown Kansas City. The next morning I went to church and started beating on the back of a pew, tapping and singing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” extremely loud during my pastor’s sermon! The whole church chuckled, and I believe I was escorted out."
On her role as The Wondaland chief:
"...this specific record label is the result of a joint effort, a joint dream in which a group of artists set out to swim towards a boat all together, and in some ways, I’m a lifeguard, a master facilitator, making sure that everyone has their own water and space to swim in and that nobody is left behind."
Defining a boss:
"Being a boss means I get an opportunity to show a new way to lead. I hope my leadership skills can change the way people see women in business."