Antony Hegarty QuotesAnohni 24 October 1971) is an English-born singer, composer, and visual artist. She was formerly the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons.
Every interview is as much an impression of the journalist as it is the artist or subject. You look at interviews and you see a portrait of two people. The worst thing that can happen is if you’re misquoted and then that quote is misquoted. That does drive one crazy. The most embarrassing thing is when your words are misrepresented or sometimes you say something stupid and you live to regret it.
I think, with music in general, people just inevitably connect with feeling. The opportunity to hear expressed feeling. That’s what has always drawn me towards music. It’s something where, by connecting to someone else’s voice, I feel less lonely. I feel more alive. I feel more connected to the world and to the rest of humanity. Sometimes a voice can be like a lifeline.
I think what really separates artists from the rest of the world is that artists feel like they have permission to keep exploring and expressing their process. Most people censor that because they don’t think it’s good enough. Everything is measured against this patriarchal hierarchy of value, as if one person’s singing voice is more important than another’s.
The creative process is just a process and you can’t really separate it from life. Growing your hair is a creative process. Your body is creating hair. Being alive is a creative process. Whether it’s growing something in the garden or growing a song, the material accumulates. It’s the process of being alive; it’s the passage of time. Things change.
I am transgender, so ‘he’ is not appropriate and ‘she’ is problematic. I haven’t been one to wage war with society to force people to address me a certain way. I let people make that decision for themselves. I don’t identify as a man, so ‘he’ is silly in a way. Being called ‘she’ as a trans person, trans in the sense that I’m trans, is to be honoured in an aspect of yourself.
Everyone has a spectrum of masculinity and femininity inside them. In every individual, a war of misogyny is raging. Every man is repressing and oppressing the femininity within themselves, raising up male values as governing values. Because that’s what we’ve been taught to do, just as every woman has. Misogyny isn’t just something that affects women. It affects men.
I feel very grateful that for some reason I was raised to believe that I had permission to explore the creative world. I’m very aware of what a privilege that is, because most people don’t grant themselves that permission, and I really think that’s the only thing that separates people that call themselves artists from the rest of the world. It’s suspending self-judgment for long enough to do something expressive.