Grimes, Williams, Moore are all in the ‘Boys club’
Posted On July 21, 2021
— It’s a bit like a club where the boys are, but it’s not the boys club.
At least, not at the moment.
“There’s a lot of young women out there who are in the Boys club,” says Jason Mennie, a 26-year-old Toronto music producer who is among the young musicians making their way into the mainstream in the world of electronic music.
“The girls are more open minded, they listen to it, they’re more involved.
But the boys haven’t had that kind of opportunity.”
The genre is gaining momentum.
The top Canadian albums in the week ending Feb. 18 are from Grimes, Justin Timberlake, Tame Impala and the Weeknd.
And the top-selling album is Grimes’ sophomore album, “Boys Club.”
The list is impressive even without the pop stars, and it’s also a testament to the strength of a genre that was largely unheard of before the late-1980s.
There’s been a boom in the past two years, thanks to a host of new labels and record labels, including EMI, Virgin, Atlantic, RCA, Warner Bros., Sony and Sony Music Entertainment.
It’s made the music that was once relegated to niche clubs such as clubs in the Midwest and Toronto the center of a national conversation about gender equality, and led to some breakthroughs such as the Grammy-nominated “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”
While a lot has changed in the music world since the 1990s, the B.C. trio of Grimes, The Weeknd and Lissette remains a group of boys who have never played together.
“It’s a club that’s about boys,” says Mennies.
“It’s not just about the girls, it’s about what you look like.
It has to be like being in a boys club.”
They are all members of the Bachelorette, the Canadian version of the reality TV show, and each of them has been invited to play a part in it.
Menny is a finalist, alongside Justin Timberwolf, the lead singer of the pop group Future Islands.
Justin is the reigning bachelor, but Grimes has won the hearts of all the contestants.
“They’re very, very confident,” says singer-songwriter Menni Moore.
“They’re like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be here.
I’ll just be the DJ, and I’ll do the singing.’
And that’s exactly what I am.
I can sing.”
That confidence comes in part from the fact that they are all straight.
“There are no gay guys,” says Lissettes bassist Dave Ritchie.
“I’ve got a very straight family.
It doesn’t affect me.
It affects the rest of the band.
It influences the songwriting, the production, the everything else.
We are all very proud of who we are.””
It comes from being able to just do whatever we want,” says Tame.
“If I’m on a tour, I want to make music and be the best that I can be.
If I’m in a band, I don’t care about the band; it’s me.
I want it to be me.””
I just feel that if I’m not the best, I’m the worst.
I’m just going to go out there and be myself.””
The whole time, I just feel like the music is mine.
I have no idea what people think.
I just want to go into a room and play music.
It just feels like the right thing to do.”
As they all walk into the club, Menniges hands them a sheet of paper.
“On this, here’s the rules: no gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex people,” he says.
“Don’t be rude.
And please, do your best to follow the rules.””
This is the Bitch Club.
So go do your thing.
Don’t be too loud, don’t be disrespectful, don, don;t get too drunk.
And we’re all going to leave when we’re done.”
It’s the same rules for Menniews band, which has become an instant hit.
It started out with a single, “You and I,” but has since won many awards, including Album of the Year, Best Electronic Music Album, Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song.
The band, consisting of bassist Adam Sow and drummer Dave Rigg, has been nominated for the Grammy Awards four times.
“We’ve never really been afraid to take risks,” says Sow.
“We’ve had a lot in the studio, but we’ve always wanted to see what else we could do.”
Sow says they haven’t given up on their dream of playing arenas and stadiums.”I