Peaches on Art & Nudity: 'Not for a Female Gaze, Just a Freeing Feeling'

This September, Peaches will release Rub, his first album since 2009’s I Feel Cream. For every track on the record, he’s also putting out a music video and—most intriguing of all—many of these videos were made on man-only sets. The artist recently discussed the project with Rebecca Nicholson at The Guardian, offering some interesting insights into his music, all-male collaborations, and the importance of taking your clothes off on your own terms.

You’ve shot a video for every song on your new album, Rub.

Right now it’s such a good time, not only to make whatever you want, but you can show it wherever you want. So with these videos, there’s nothing that will hold me back from saying or doing what I want. For the song Rub, I wanted to do a video with all men, in every aspect, from the electrician to the makeup artist. I wanted to have it Jodorowsky[1] style, where nudity is not for a female gaze but just a freeing feeling. So my first image was like ... I want boys spraying or squirting off rocks.

Asked if he felt a difference when working on an all-male set, Peaches responded:

Yeah! I know it sounds silly but you have to confront whether something is a matriarchal thing, like is that a female matriarchal problem? But everybody was so blissed out, it was amazing. The video is very successful. There’s a lot of bush, a lot of things going on. But it’s not porn. It’s an incredible piece of work.

Good news: He is also cool with Rihanna.

So much has changed in terms of gender, men, masculism and how we talk about sex since your first album. The Teaches of Peaches came out in 2000. Gay marriage is legal in the US now. Exactly, yeah.

So if Rihanna is doing a mainstream pop song called S&M, for example, do you ever think, I did this first?[3]

Well, my goal was always to bring that to the mainstream, although people would look at me crazy, like how could that ever be mainstream? It blows my mind. I’m not like, damn, what am I going to do now? To me, it’s great. It’s mainstream and I can celebrate it.

Here’s the video for Peaches’ new song “Light In Places,” prominently featuring an aerial performance by Emperor Stah, who—yes—is wearing a butt plug with a built in laser. It is, in a few words, pretty damn rad.

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