M.I.A Bemoans 'corporate' Music Industry

  • 24 February 2018

M.I.A thinks the music industry has become ''narrow and corporate''.

The 42-year rapper has hit out at the current landscape of the music business, suggesting that there is a lack of room for creativity and individuality.

She explained: ''Music has become so narrow and corporate. To be a famous singer, you can go to Brit School, you can go on 'X-Factor', or maybe you are born into it.

''It's not like bands often meet at school now and have a community spirit. I think music has become catalogue fodder, a corporate thing that when we bring Artificial Intelligence into it, for example, using holograms for tours, the human aspect is going to disappear even further.''

The musician - who is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin - revealed that she simply followed the advice of other people as she pursued her career within the entertainment industry.

Speaking to the BBC, M.I.A - who previously dated American DJ Diplo - recalled: ''When I came as a refugee to England everyone said 'become a pop star, that's the best thing you can do, that's 'it', so I did that. Then they said, 'move to Beverly Hills and marry a prince and be Cinderella' and I did that too.

''I have been constantly trying to find what 'it' is in my life and I think now it's just making work. I just like working. That's always what I've done.

''All the consequences of that - all the flak I've taken over the years - they've taught me about society and that feeds into the work I make.''