Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is the 27-year-old Canadian musician, record producer, songwriter and sometimes music video director who’s pretty much unstoppable.
From highly acclaimed awards to her unofficial title as the best person to follow on Twitter, Grimes’ unique approach to everything she does continues to make her a favourite in the electro-pop scene and beyond.
Ahead of Grimes’ UK headline AC!D tour in March 2016, we’ve rounded up eight things you need to know before you see her live (just in case you weren’t totally smitten already)…
1. Her album Visions won the Polaris Prize
Only one of the most coveted music prizes in the world, the Polaris Prize is Canada’s equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Prize.
2. She cancelled her fourth studio album
After working hard in the studio, Grimes cancelled her initial fourth studio album in 2014 stating it was ‘too depressing’. Word was that it was a double album, too!
3. Total fashion muse
Grimes may be an unlikely fashion muse for some but despite insisting she’s quite introvert and ‘a weirdo’, she’s already been hailed as a muse for some of fashion’s top designers and magazines; from Vogue to Nylon, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld.
— NYLON (@NylonMag) September 16, 2015
4. Girl crushes? She has loads
Grimes’ girl crushes might not be the obvious candidates you’d expect. She cites Hildegard of Bingen; a 12 century scientist and artist who wrote about abortion and handed out pamphlets to women in the community as someone she aspires to be like. She is also a big fn of Toregene Khatun; the woman who ruled the Mongol Empire after Genghis Khan, describing her as one of “the hardest f**king fighters of all time”.
5. She makes ‘wizard rock’
If you haven’t come across Grimes’ signature blend of electro-synth-pop before, Google probably isn’t going to be much help in picking apart her sound. On Facebook though, Grimes dubs her own sound as ‘wizard rock’ and we think she’s pretty much nailed it there.
6. Mariah Carey inspired her
Talking about her influences in previous interviews, Grimes has said, “The first time I heard Mariah Carey it shattered the fabric of my existence and I started Grimes.”
7. Before that, she was also inspired by Marilyn Manson
Growing up, goth legend Marilyn Manson was apparently a big influence on a young Claire Boucher. “I had been raised in a really strict Catholic household and went to a really Catholic school.” she explained previously. “It sucked and Marilyn Manson represented the antithesis of all the things I was dealing with at the time.”
8. You need to follow Grimes on Twitter
Like to read the unexpected on your Twitter feed? Unique opinions and outlandish observations are generally Grime’s forte on the web.
everyone whose not British should talk in a British accent sometimes because it is so fun and weirdly cathartic
— grimes (@Grimezsz) August 25, 2015
Catch Grimes on tour in the UK between 6 – 15 March 2016, book now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.