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Grimes Says Harley Quinn Inspired Vocals on ‘Kill v. Maim’

perform onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California.

Grimes is the latest guest on Hrishikesh Hirway’s Song Exploder podcast, discussing the fierce, noisy “Kill v. Maim” from last year’s Art Angels“I wanted to prove I could make something really aggressive,” Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, explains.

Comics villain Harley Quinn inspired some of the song’s high-pitched vocals, Boucher said. The singer-songwriter-producer also discusses her love of forceful kick drums, her experience writing for other artists, and how adding a subtle crowd sound effect can make a live audience cheer louder. Listen to the full episode below, via SoundCloud.