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Montreal, Canada (2010 – present)

Grimes is the alias of the musician Claire Boucher (born in 17 March 1988 in Vancouver, Canada and based in Montreal). Her music is an eclectic mix of styles which she described herself as “ADD music”, because it shifts frequently and dramatically. She fuses contemporary instrumentation with classical vocal practices.

Boucher was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from Lord Byng Secondary School and studied ballet for 11 years. In 2006, she moved to Montreal, Canada to attend Montreal’s McGill University, studying Russian literature and later, neuroscience. During her studies, she began to record and perform under the name Grimes. While in Montreal, she began attending concerts put on by local experimental musicians at Lab Synthèse, a performance space located in an abandoned textile factory. She stopped going to McGill and decided to pursue her long life dream of becoming an electronic musician. She was taught how to make music by other students who were so desperate for food, they offered to teach her in return for some grub. YUM!

Her first release was the album Geidi Primes, issued on cassette in 2010 by Arbutus Records. It was followed in the same year by the sophomore album Halfaxa, through Arbutus Records. In 2011, Grimes released a split album with d’Eon titled Darkbloom.

In January 2012, she had signed with record label 4AD. In February 2012, Grimes released her third studio album, Visions. The album incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, drawing from genres like , , , , and .


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  • colorful0

    please post the same good things in the Zola Jesus shoutbox ! This is artistry, not fan service

    6 hours ago Reply
  • deadspring_

    v what about calm down dude. i didn't say i'm not ok with grimes' new direction. i'm ok with everything she does bc in reality i don't really care. i was just expressing my opinion about the fact that 'go' doesn't really sound like her old stuff.

    10 hours ago Reply
  • PavelBJ

    deadspring_, BYE. you're just as bad as those fans you're talking about. There is NO 'Grimes' sound. Be more open-minded and accept artists as they are without trying to confine them into a box where YOU (there's no 'OBJECTIVELY' in this game, every artist has their own journey) think they better stay inside forever. Claire should indeed do whatever the fuck she wants to do. Wanna collaborate with Animal Collective and make the most indietastic record ever? go (pun oops~) for it! Wanna work with Gaga and hit #1s in the charts around the globe? who's stopping you? People will NEVER be happy.

    Yesterday 6:56am Reply
  • laserbeanz


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  • bunnythehuman

    grimes should make whatever the fuck she wants to make, e n d o f d i s c u s s i o n . [2] yes

    Yesterday 8:26pm Reply
  • epicmeme

    don't fall for the trap. hipsters are a myth

    19 Sep 5:12pm Reply
  • deadspring_

    v tumblr told me they exist

    19 Sep 9:48am Reply
  • epicmeme

    "i hate hipsters" how can you hate something that doesn't exist

    19 Sep 3:12am Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    if that really is true that she scrapped the album because of her fans, then fuck her. she's a coward.

    18 Sep 7:47pm Reply
  • scarredforlyfe

    people thought visions was too mainstream when it came out too... fans are shitty people and grimes should make whatever the fuck she wants to make, e n d o f d i s c u s s i o n .

    18 Sep 3:26am Reply
  • Merowinger110

    New picture.

    17 Sep 11:37am Reply
  • cooldadz


    17 Sep 2:47am Reply
  • deadspring_

    let's be honest people......she made a good decision scrapping her new album. i hate hipsters, but we have to say OBJECTIVELY that Go is a not-grimes-style song. Go is not grimes. I like Go yeah, it's a good dustep/pop/whatever song, but it's not grimes. (In fact it was written for rihanna) i admire the fact that she listens to her fans and pay attention to the critics. it's ok waiting a little bit more and then listening to the real grimes

    16 Sep 5:34pm Reply
  • CatalystDM

    idk it doesn't even matter anyway. Genres have always been arbitrary. Brostep isn't a genre either. It's just a characterization of music as being "of the bros who like to fucks with Skrillex". EDM Trap sounds pretty similar to me (after googling for examples), and since you don't want to have a real conversation about the difference between the two, I'll just assume that there isn't one and EDM Trap is just a more legitimized label for more or less the same thing.

    16 Sep 5:33pm Reply
  • slow-chan

    @CatalystDM like I said earlier. you can't into genres

    16 Sep 4:02pm Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    @Seperat0r I approve this message.

    16 Sep 11:31am Reply
  • CatalystDM

    "EDM trap" is not a fucking genre lol

    16 Sep 6:00am Reply
  • slow-chan

    @CatalystDM it's edm trap. google it. @bRuud83 no respect actually. she's such a coward

    16 Sep 3:22am Reply
  • uhIgor


    15 Sep 11:43pm Reply
  • uhIgor

    Pseudo cult people hating on Go just because it sounds too "mainstream" for her. Seriously? Like... For real? SDOAJDKASIJDSADKOSKSDO fuck hipsters ^_^ Go is cool. [22]

    15 Sep 11:42pm Reply
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