I think if you’re good at art, you’ll be good at most types of art.
There’s definitely a solitary aspect to not having a band, and there are times when I wish that I did.
The thing about music is it’s not an obscure pursuit, it’s a very natural thing for human beings to do. Once you put in the effort, the learning curve is very fast.
I start a lot of songs and throw them out because the energy is not right. It’s almost like the file becomes cursed. I have to delete it.
The way that you present yourself visually totally dictates your audience and everything that anyone thinks about you.
Music is a religion to me and my friends.
I like creating beauty out of scary things.
I need to be able to work for 20 or 30 hours in one go in complete darkness, alone with just the computer glow.
You rarely find someone who sings really well and who produces really well; it’s a problem, and I just think it’s a missing link in the music scene.
I feel like vocals are to music what portraits are to painting. They’re the humanity. Landscapes are good and fine, but at the end of the day everyone loves the Mona Lisa.
When I’m making a song that’s very Grimes, it just feels very insular and it feels weird to have someone else do something on it.
In America there’s lot of cool cities, but in Canada there’s, like, well, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax may be cool, but they’re so expensive. Montreal is the only city that’s affordable but also has buses and culture.
I’m not, like, a natural performer. It’s sort of a thing that I’ve had to learn to do.
If you tell someone you’re doing something innovative, they’ll think you’re doing something innovative.
I want to make Grimes a high-fashion sci-fi act.
I’m not trained in music.
When I first started out, I was making really slow, psychedelic ambient music because it was all I could do.
I like going crazy. And not just for art – I like extremes in general.
I don’t own anything designer.
There used to be a lot of industry in Montreal, and now there’s not, so it’s really easy to get huge, empty spaces where you can practice and make music or make art for very, very cheap.
I think my sound is post-Internet.
I think I have serious latent Catholic guilt issues.
I’m against spending money to record.
I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living.
I don’t even wear shoes with heels because I hate making a noise when I walk and people looking at me.
I’m just very obsessed with Japanese stuff in general.
If I’m a bad mood, I can’t go on stage and smile.
Fashion can be a really powerful tool, but it’s also a place where you can be totally humiliated and have your power taken from you.
It’s kind of like I’m Phil Spector, and I’m forcing a young girl to make pop music and perform exhaustively. Except, instead of it being someone else, that girl is also me.
Especially with music, people want confidence.