On Sept. 3 2013, Fiona Apple responded to her critics in the media who reported stories of her alleged walk-off at a Louis Vuitton event in Japan last week. Apple, who is not a big proponent of social media, requested that Questlove of The Roots aide her in releasing the statement and he did so by posting it on Okayplayer, his music site. Here is what Fiona Apple had to say.
“if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, if you could tweet to the twits who call themselves journalists(example Chris Martins of sit-and-Spin Magazine) that I FINISHED MY SET!!! I did my job, and they should do theirs too–They all miss the fact that there is a difference between the back-of-the-room-chatter that is simply annoying,–and the operatic drunken blather, or the heckling that is really just INTERRUPTING that makes it impossible for us to do our jobs. I hope your readers are already hip to the fact that they are consistently lied to… no apologies. -Fiona.”
The incident with Fiona Apple in Japan comes on the heels of Dave Chappelle's horrible crowd experience in Norfolk, Connecticut in which Chappelle walked off the stage after completing his minimum contractual requirement, choosing to leave rather than suffering through heckling and general rudeness from the crowd. Yet another incident occurred earlier this year when Mumford & Sons somehow remained charming as they told the Lollapalooza crowd to “shut the f**k up for awhile” so they could play a quiet song. There seems to be a trend building in which the artist on stage and the crowd are competing for attention. Questlove offered his thoughts on the struggle between “artiste” and “celebrity” and what that means in regards to music today.
“there’s a portion of my book that deals with the struggle of embracing 'bad' music that’s effective vs 'good' music that’s boring. this can also be applied to being an 'artiste' vs being a celebrity. celebrity is basking in the cult of personality. its when your life surpasses your art. true artists create without monetary motivation and pretty much move on their own time. yet i don’t find fault with either side–everyone needs a hero. everyone needs creative people to marvel at too. i often find myself in the dead center of this struggle. i got true 'artist' pals that frankly are f****ps, i know marginally 'gifted' people that are geniuses in using their limited resources to maximize their power….and honestly? i’m fascinated. but on the other side i’ve seen gifted geniuses make lightening in a bottle an effortless marvel and i’ve scratched my heads figuring out how so and so ascended so fast to their success. sometimes when the two are mixed (put an 'artist' in front of a celeb crazy environment and well?)...”