He musical influences are: Marylin Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, Skinny Puppy, Swans, How To Dress Well, Enya, TLC, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Alphex Twin, Outkast, Jedi Mind Tricks, Dungeon Family, K-pop, Drake, The Weeknd, medieval music and some industrial artists. Influences outside of music are: Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Werner Herzog, Gaspar Noe, Gregg Araki, Hieronymus Bosch, Akira, Ninja Scroll, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Master and Margarita and The Idiot.
She has released three albums: Geidi Primes, Halfaxa and Visions all of which have received considerable attention. She was first on both NME's '20 Most Exciting Bands of 2012' and Gorillas vs Bear's Cool 2k11 lists. Visions was among Stereogum's '50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2012'.
According to her, first album had lots of intention and meaning behind it while the others were more 'accidental'.
Claire studied Russian literature and later neuroscience in Montreal's McGill University but got kicked out because Grimes became serious and she didn't have much time for studies.
She says the hardest part was getting used to performing because she's super introverted and is more of a recording artist rather than a performer.
She is absolutely different from everything I or anybody else ever listened to and that's exactly what I like about her. You should definitely check her out if you already aren't a fan of her.