Fireside Chat

Tommy Genesis

60 minsFirst aired 7 Feb 2019
Mikey Asanin

Blending internet and fetish aesthetics, the Canadian rapper and Awful Records protégé is an explosive new voice.

Tommy Genesis is transgressive. Her hyper-sexualized lyrics and provocative music videos work against restrictive social norms, and her music – an intoxicating tincture of rap, pop and dance – disobeys genres. Habitual line-stepping comes naturally to the Canadian vocalist who, after a childhood education in classical piano, played in punk bands (and lived in a crowded punk house) while studying sculpture in Vancouver. It was there where, with the aid of the internet, Genesis met Father, Awful Records’ puckish leader. Following a few trips to Atlanta, she released her aggressive and forward-thinking 2015 debut, World Vision, which included production from Father and KeithCharles Spacebar. After a three-year wait, which saw Genesis release an EP with side-project baby.daddi (a trio with Wes Period and Ye Ali) and sign a contract with Downtown Records, she returned with the self-titled Tommy Genesis. In this Fireside Chat, Genesis discusses the yin-yang duality of her newest album, waking up to Mozart and her dedication to the Melvins.


Interview by Torii MacAdams
Written and engineered by Marc Übel
Produced by Carmen Hofmann and Jordan Rothlein

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