By Robyn Collins
David Byrne has responded to the negative feedback he received when he revealed that none of the guests he worked with on his upcoming album, American Utopia, were women.
The Grammy winner thanked those who alerted him of the oversight and posted a heartfelt apology.
“This lack of representation is something that is problematic and wide spread in our industry,” he wrote. “I regret not hiring and collaborating with women for this album–it’s ridiculous, it’s not who I am and it certainly doesn’t match how I’ve worked in the past. It doesn’t represent my current live show, which has a slew of diverse creators and collaborators, making this even more negligent on my part.”
Byrne’s last album, Love This Giant, was a joint project with St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark).
Read the full apology and view the photo that caused the initial backlash below.
I have a new album out (in 8 days!!!) called American Utopia. I wrote and recorded it over a two-year period and its evolution involved a lot of collaborators. Some were old friends and some were completely new to me. This month's DB Radio playlist is a sample of their own work. We often ended up with a whole slew of contributors to a song, a patchwork—and somehow it worked. Though there were so many collaborators and contributors, much of the process was about stripping things away. Often we’d see how much we could remove while still maintaining the essence of the song. This seemed to give due emphasis to the vocals and lyrics—which is another story. Learn more about how American Utopia came to be and listen to the playlist on DavidByrne.com.