The electronic-pop auteur speaks her mind.
Grimes is one of the most distinctive, prominent and picked-over electronic musicians of the 21st century. On Visions, Art Angels and a batch of DIY EPs, the Canadian established a sound that combined synth reveries, whimsical pop, guitar shredding, an electro pulse and unique vocal treatment, writing songs that veered from tales of sexual harassment to a time-travelling, vampiric Al Pacino. With a collagist aesthetic to match this flight-of-fancy approach to music-making, Grimes became a star of the internet age, as well as a lighting rod for discourse around technology, gender, accelerationism, and the logic of playing Mariah Carey in an Ibiza DJ set.
2020 has been busy already: a new record in Miss Anthropocene, which probes the end of humanity, was followed by Grimes becoming a new mother herself. During this conversation with Gabriel Szatan—conducted remotely, with both California and Crystal Palace in lockdown—you'll hear Grimes speak candidly about the future of live performance, authorship in the digital era, running battles with the press, her lost nightcore album, and a love of Burial that you just might have found yourself reading about in the news lately.