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.

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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Electric Forest reveals full 2018 lineup featuring REZZ, Marshmello, Testpilot and more

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After attendees leaked a partial list of 2018 Electric Forest artists at an event thrown by the festival in Ann Arbor earlier this month, next year’s lineup is finally out in its entirety.

During the first weekend of June 21-24, attendees will be treated to Galantis, Green Velvet, Jauz, Keys N Krates, Lil Dicky, in addition to previously announced headliners The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz Live Band, RÜFÜS DU SOL and ZHU, who will play both weekends.

Additions to the weekend two lineup include Marshmello, deadmau5 moniker Testpilot, Datsik and REZZ, among many others.

Tickets are on sale Dec. 15, with loyalty sales beginning Dec. 7.

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Exclusive: GRiZ drops jarring dubstep remix of Freddy Todd’s ‘Audible Edibles’

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Funk master extraordinaire GRiZ has received worldwide recognition for pioneering an enthralling, idiosyncratic genre of music that is known for its captivating electronic beats accompanied by soulful melodies on saxophone. He has produced infectious originals such as “Good Times Roll,” “Gotta Push On,” and “My Friends and I,” all from his latest hit album, Good Will Prevail, released in September of 2016.

A true musical maestro, GRiZ tends to experiment with an array of different techniques while still infusing his signature style into his creations. In his latest release, GRiZ brings listeners something different with an energetic dubstep remix of Freddy Todd’s “Audible Edibles.” The funk master’s take on Todd’s bruising original brings the single to new heights as he incorporates eerie, distorted vocal samples, prominent builds with intense waves of escalating synths, and an intriguing contrast between choppy excerpts and longer undulations of paralyzing bass.

GRiZ’s remix of “Audible Edibles” can be downloaded for free here.

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GRiZ announces fourth annual ’12 Days of GRiZMAS’

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Michigan native Grant Kwiecinski may be touring the country, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Kwiecinski, otherwise known as GRiZ, is putting on his fourth annual ’12 days of GRiZMAS.’ GRiZ will put on a twelve day series of events with a focus on charity and giving back to Detroit, the city that raised him.

Now GRiZ is doing all he can to give back to his community by helping to develop a support network for creative kids in a city ripe for artistic renaissance. By turning the benefit of this cause towards fostering the spirit of Detroit, GRiZ continues to set the intention towards further development in his own backyard. This year, GRiZMAS kicks off on December 5th in support of Little Kids Rock — an organization that brings music education programs and instruments to underserved public schools nationwide. The charity will receive 100% of the proceeds from every charitable GRiZMAS event.

The 12 Day celebration including bowling, caroling, yoga, an industry panel, a GRiZMACON Bar Tour, and more. This year will also see the first ever GRiZMAS pop-up shop which will be the hub for all things GRiZMAS featuring a limited merch shop.

Fans can donate to GRiZMAS/Little Kids Rock here.

GRiZMAS CHARITABLE EVENTS SCHEDULE

Dec 5 – GRiZMAS Pop Up Shop Grand Opening

Dec 6 – Caroling on The Q and Campus Martius

Dec 7 – Bowling Night

Dec 8 – Mystery TBD Event

Dec 9 – GRiZMACON Bar Tour

Dec 10 – Yoga @ The Fisher Building Lobby

Dec 11 – Industry Panel @ Assemble Sound

Dec 12 – Muzz-Hannukah @ The Masonic Temple

Dec 13 – Roller Disco Night

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Dec 14 – Night Before GRiZMAS @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

Dec 15 – GRiZ Live Band @ Masonic Temple

Dec 16 – GRiZ @ Masonic Temple

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GRiZ Surprises Fans With Second Installment of ‘Chasing the Golden Hour Part 2’

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GRiZ surprised listeners today with the second installment of the mixtape Chasing the Golden Hour. This release follows a massive weekend featuring three back to back sold-out performances, including two Red Rocks headliners. In 2015, GRiZ amazed fans with Chasing the Golden Hour Pt. 1. Straying from his usual style, the free release spread like wildfire and amassed millions of streams across the internet.

GRiZ aims to recreate the carefree feeling when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening, when everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold. Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment; it is sweet summer in music form. There’s something in the mixtape for everyone – the saxophone-playing revolutionary stepped out of his comfort zone with this surprise release and created songs with hints of Hip Hop, Soul, Dance and R&B. Featuring a blend of instrumental tracks and minimal beats, the mixtape perfectly reflects the laid back and serene feelings GRiZ has been curating for years.

Good Will Continue Tour Dates
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
10/27 – Freaky Deaky at Wisconsin Center – Milwaukee, WI
10/28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO
10/29 – Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
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 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO
12/2 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO

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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 – Wicked (Dirty Audio Remix)

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GRiZ’s funk-fueled ‘Wicked’ gets the rowdy raw bass treatment from Dirty Audio. The next remix in his repertoire, following a stellar rework of DJ Snake and Yellow Claw’s “Ocho Cinco,” turns the All Good Records head honcho’s hit into a dancefloor firestarter. A bombastic bass take on the funk-fueled original, the LA-based talent stays true to his unapologetic, festival-focused sound.

Listen to Ephwurd’s driving bass remix of GRiZ & Big Gigantic’s ‘Good Times Roll’

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After the wild success of his most recent LP, Good Will Prevailand the supporting tour in 2016, GRiZ has decided to continue the movement with a sequel: the Good Will Continue tour. On top of that, producer duo Ephwurd (comprised of Datsik and Bais Haus) released an absolutely savage remix of GriZ and Big Gigantic‘s “Good Times Roll” to drum up more excitement for the tour.

The original track — a soulful tune that’s a perfect mesh of GRiZ and Big G’s signature funky styles — is thrown for a loop in Ephwurd’s remix. The duo’s bass house remix of the album’s standout track is chaotic in the best possible way. Though it starts off slow and soulful like the original, the track quickly picks up the pace, dropping into upbeat, driving bass. In between choruses, Ephwurd slows it back down, emphasizing the original track’s passionate vocals and brassy instrumentals.

The remix has hit just in time for the syndication of the duo’s Eph’d Up Radio which will be broadcast on iHeartRadio/Evolution. The Show will air bimonthly at midnight EDT on the second and fourth Fridays starting Friday, June 30. Listeners can expect a rollicking hour packed with tunes from Hi-Lo, Chocolate Puma, Diplo, and of course some surprises from the duo themselves.

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