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.