London Grammar’s Hannah Reid has revealed that the band’s forthcoming album release, Californian Soul, nearly never happened. The star explained that she didn’t feel “cut out for the music industry” and nearly quit over its “sexist and exploitative” ways.
The frontwoman told The Telegraph in a recent interview, “I felt like I wasn’t cut out for the music industry anymore. It really is a cowboy industry, especially if you’re a woman. It is incredibly sexist and exploitative.”
She added: “I was quite a feisty person in my teens, but somewhere along the line, I lost all of my confidence, I kind of lost my voice. And this album has given it back to me.”
According to Reid, this inherent sexism would manifest in the studio whereby sound engineers would opt to talk technical with her male bandmates.
“We could be working on a song I had written, and all the eye contact and discussion would go to Dan and Dot,” she said. “It was just so strange, to feel completely invisible.
“I felt like a cash cow. Everything had to be done on men’s terms,” she added. “A big thing was not even being considered a musician.”
Reid continued, “What I noticed with the boys was that they could get angry, emotional, sad; they could be all shades of their colourful selves, and actually it would be taken as having integrity,” she said. “But if I showed any emotion, I was treated as if I was being irrational. I felt like the bigger the band became, the smaller I had to make myself.”
Reid also alluded to the fact that the support of her bandmates proved invaluable during these experiences, stating: “They have stood up for me,” she said. “I think when we were younger, we felt maybe we needed to go along with this stuff just so we can do our thing. This industry is full of people who are good at making you feel like you really need them, and that this is just the way it is.”
London Grammar’s third album, Californian Soil, is set for release this Friday (April 16th). You can check out the video for their latest single below.