Where in the world is GRiZ going?

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After a tweeting a series of cryptic messages, Grant Kwiecinski has been stirring up quite the rumor mill amongst fans, media friends, and his devoted GRiZ family. Is GRiZ retiring? Where is he going? Is it an overseas world tour? How am I to go on living?

Such is the goal of any carefully executed guerrilla marketing strategy: keep the people questioning.

Many wondered whether the series of tweets were pointing to an impending announcement that the All Good Records label head would be soon parting ways with his imprint. After all, rumors that he no longer retained full control over his label bandied about the community of faithful since last November — when the label’s socials went completely dark.

And when the dust settled after 24 hours, Kwiecinski kept the feeding frenzy going by tweeting another cryptic message — this time a photo with the caption, “it’s about time we talked.” The photo displayed several documents with blurred text, alluding to the documents as important to said overdue conversation.

At this point, Kwiecinski’s tweet feels a lot like some hypothetical parental talk whereby Grant the Man has been keeping something hidden from us and needs to come clean. One thing has become clear, though: Grant is teasing us. 

If the series of tweets weren’t enough, Kwiecinski is taking things one step further each and every day. Recently, GRiZ also wiped his entire Instagram account clean, except for one post displaying nothing more than a blank sheet of paper and no caption.

Nowadays, it is common practice for artists to wipe their social media accounts before some big announcement, so it’s safe to assume that GRiZ has something new coming soon. Something new and something big considering this is a guy whose career can be defined by its prolificness — he’s released a new studio album or mixtape every year since 2015 and held his annual GRiZmas gatherings for years, to say nothing of his headlining appearances at Lightning in Bottle, Electric Forest, and Backwoods. Here is an artist who finds joy in tirelessly working to bring his fanbase new and fresh material.

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As one fan’s Instagram comment alludes to, Grant Kwiecinski could very well be turning a “new page” in the GRiZ saga. That much has become clear, but what new and big direction could the funk master be taking?

On Feb. 2, GRiZ took to Twitter again to release a professionally produced promotional video in which he reveals another piece of the puzzle. The short video rendering shows Kwiecinski sitting on a stool in an empty room. He then proceeds to perform a spoken word piece, one he delivers with emotion and conviction.

“I wanna tell you a story. I wanna tell you a story and I want it to be perfect and I want it be your favorite. It’s for me but it’s also for you. It’s about all of us. It’s about time we talked.”

While it is likely this performance is an avenue of growth as opposed to complete shift in his artistic output, it seems whatever GRiZ is keeping under wraps signals a period where the artist will remain incommunicado from his fans. The only thing that remains certain at this point is that GRiZ is a master of suspense, leaving fans and the electronic music community on the edge of their seats until his next big announcement.

GRiZ announces annual GRiZMAS shows at Masonic Temple Detroit

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Coming off not one but two new full-length projects in the past month, in addition to announcing his massive “Good Will Continue” fall tour, Grant Kwiecinski is no stranger to a strong work ethic. Perhaps the reason behind his stellar 2017 success is, as he so graciously exemplifies, because he has so much damn fun all the time.

What better way to cap off the year than his annual GRiZMAS celebration. The event has become a staple travel event for his close fan following, but also an essential date in the Midwest community’s holiday calendar. Today, GRiZ announced his annual GRiZMAS performance(s) to be held at Detroit’s Masonic Temple, December 15-16, 2017, with a live band performance on the first day, followed by a solo act from Kwiecinski on day two.

Standing as the pinnacle of GRiZ’s mission — “show love, spread love” — the event also has humble beginnings. In the past, GRiZ has raised over $30,000 for national non-profit, Little Kids Rock, to fund music education in American public schools. The event has since coalesced into a 12-day fundraising event, named “12 Days of GRiZMAS,” for which GRiZ and his label All Good Records were honored by the Detroit City Council with the Spirit of Detroit award.

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The Russ Liquid Test have arrived with an enigmatic release fresh off their forthcoming EP World Gone Crazy. For this kinetic track, the trio have teamed up with rapper ProbCause for a politically charged single that doesn’t pull any punches when addressing perceived turmoil in the world.

In addition to the heavy-hitting lyrics, the track highlights the group’s praiseworthy versatility with a sonic atmosphere that simultaneously departs from their previous releases and retains their signature sound.

The track is sure to drum up excitement for the trio’s EP, slated for release November 3rd via GRiZ‘s All Good Records. In the label boss’s own words: “Russ’s growth as a musician has been incredible. He’s sounding better than ever!”

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GRiZ shares chill 4/20 ballad with ProbCause & Jaye Pryme, ‘Smoke That’

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Although GRiZ released a full 13-track Good Will Continue (Remixes) project just a little more than a week ago, the Colorado-based future funk artist has been busy in his home studio collaborating with some of his friends. After all, Grant Kwiecinski, the man behind GRiZ, is known for regularly hosting live studio feeds on his Facebook page for his beloved fan base, the most recent of which was a jam session hosted at his flat in the Rockies.

“Smoke That,” out Aug. 28, is lighthearted downtempo track that truly speaks to Grant’s love of the ganja. Produced on the national 4/20 holiday with close collaborators ProbCause and Jaye Pryme, the track features all the beautiful funk elements GRiZ has become widely known for, including a saxophone melody and futuristic synth chords, along with some chill candy-glitch samples. The result is a fun and lovable ballad that highlights Pryme’s angelic chorus vocals and ProbCause’s hip-hop lyrics on the verses.

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GRiZ releases 13-track remix album, announces full ‘Good Will Continue’ tour

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When Grant Kwiecinski, the man behind GRiZ,  began rolling out his 2017 Fall tour, “Good Will Continue,” it came with suspicions that the Detroit-native was wrapping a new album. Since then, GRiZ has been releasing remix after remix from his now year-old Good Will Prevail LP, including AC Slater’s impressive Nightbass rendering which premiered on DA earlier this week.

So, naturally, it came with more than mere speculation that the future-funk master would release an entire remix package of some heavy hitting, genre-spanning collabs, including Dirty Audio, Juneaux, Tommy Trash, and many more. From the sharp synths of Boogie T’s rework of “Can’t Hold Me Down” to the glitchy bass lines in Barclays Crenshaw‘s re-imagining of “Gotta Push On,” the project is chalked full of high-profile remixes, cleanly rinsed by Kwiecinski himself, as well as features from some up-and-coming producers like Brooklyn’s own Birocratic.

With the release comes the full roll out of his “Good Will Continue” tour, a follow-up to his last album tour, “Good Will Prevail,” which was a response to the overwhelming political negativity of the times. Phase three of the Fall tour now includes six stops along the Midwest and Northeast, including New York State and Kansas City. Now, more than ever, is when we need GRiZ’s positive message of love and self-acceptance.

Tracklist:

  1. Wicked ft. Eric Krasno (Dirty Audio Remix)
  2. Can’t Hold Me Down ft. Tash Neal (Boogie T Remix)
  3. My Friends & I ft. ProbCause (Dusty Bits Remix)
  4. Good Times Roll ft. Big Gigantic (Ephwurd Remix)
  5. I Don’t Mind ft. SunSquabi, Artifakts, & iDa Hawk (Jenaux Remix)
  6. Feelin’ Fine (Rowland Evans Remix)
  7. PS GFY ft. Cherub (Opiuo Remix)
  8. What We’ve Become ft. Cory Enemy & Natalola (Tommy Trash Remix)
  9. If There Ever Comes A Day ft. Eli Paperboy Reed & Louis Futon (IHF Remix)
  10. Rather Be Free ft. Muzzy Bearr (Tisoki Remix)
  11. Gotta Push On ft. Brasstracks & Eric Krasno (Barclay Crenshaw Remix)
  12. Before I Go ft. Leo Napier (AC Slater Remix)
  13. Driftin’ ft. Son Little (Birocratic Remix)

 

Good Will Continue Tour Dates:

8/18-19 – 515 Alive Fest – Des Moines, IA

8/31 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *Sold Out*

9/1 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO *Sold Out*

9/2 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO *Sold Out*

10/11 – The Observatory – Orange County, CA

10/12 – The Observatory – San Diego, CA

10/13 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

10/14 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

1015 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

10/18 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR

10/19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

10/20 – Vancouver Forum – Vancouver, BC

10/21 – The Hive – Sandpoint, ID

10/22 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT

10/26 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN

10/28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO

10/31 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH

11/1 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

11/2 – Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

11/3 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/4 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

11/5 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY

11/7 – The National – Richmond, VA

11/9 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

11/10 – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – Atlanta, GA

11/11 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA

12/1-5 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO

 

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GRiZ shows no signs of slowing his “good times” roll anytime soon. Coming off his announcement of the Good Will Continue tour, which will feature two full nights of the first-ever GRiZ live band experience at Red Rocks, the Boulder-based future funk master has recently blacked out his socials to focus on rinsing his next album.

In honor of one such feat, GRiZ has enlisted New Zealand-born bass music producer, Opiuo, for a luminous funk-fueled remix of his original collaborative effort with Cherub, “PS GFY,” which premiered on This Song Is Sick. The soulful facelift is astute, clean, and exciting, featuring distorted vocals, strong bass lines and heavy brass elements; not to mention, the high energy warbly synth patterns that make up Opiuo’s oddly unique production style.

The single comes ahead of the GRiZ’s impending Good Will Continue remix album. The star-studded, 13-track release includes an exceptionally diverse range of talent, with treatments from Boogie T.Jenaux,  AC Slater, Tommy Trash, and the inimitable Barclay Crenshaw.

The album is set for an August 18 release. View the full tracklist below and GRiZ’s full list of fall 2017 tour stops here.

Good Will Continue tracklist:

1. “Wicked” ft. Eric Krasno (Dirty Audio Remix)
2. “Can’t Hold Me Down” ft. Tash Neal (Boogie T. Remix)
3. “My Friends and I” ft. ProbCause (Dusty Bits Remix)
4. “I Don’t Mind” ft. SunSquabi, Artifakts, & iDa Hawk (Jenaux Remix)
5. “Good Times Roll” ft. Big Gigantic (Ephwurd Remix)
6. “Feelin’ Fine” (Rowland Evans Remix)
7. “PS GFY” ft. Cherub (Opiuo Remix)
8. “What We’ve Become” ft. Cory Enemy & Natalola (Tommy Trash Remix)
9. “If There Ever Comes A Day” ft. Eli ‘Paperboy Reed’ & Louis Futon (I.H.F. Remix)
10. “Rather Be Free” ft. Muzzy Bearr (Tisoki Remix)
11. “Gotta Push On” ft. Brasstracks & Eric Krasno (Barclay Crenshaw Remix)
12. “Before I Go” ft. Leo Napier (AC Slater Remix)
13. “Driftin” ft. Son Little (Birocratic Remix)

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