To be called a visionary in the beautiful exposition of musical excellence that is the EDM scene is quite the title, and I must say that Griz lives up to that title. The 25 year old Detroit native has been dubbed the savvy sax man who has released six singles in just this year alone. His intelligent improvisation is a rare talent that showcases his thriving on bending genres.
Griz has been seen as one of the pioneers of the electro-soul and future funk sounds in the same niche as Pretty Lights and Gramatik.
Back in 2015, more than a year and half of his life went into writing and recording the artists studio album ‘Say it LOUD!’ After the album was produced Griz and his friend DJ Exmag moved to a remote cabin upstate to escape the noise pollution of the city cacophony.
After the release of the album it was noted that it had landed at the top of iTunes, which too many people would not seem to be a huge deal, but, it speaks volumes because Griz believes in free music. He proved this by releasing his body of work on BitTorrent for free.
Not only is the young musician touring and creating his own body of work but he also continues to develop artists as he expands his self-run record label All Good Records. The label was announced two years ago and took the artists The Floozies (live funk duo) and Manic Focus (Chicago based Soul Star) under his wing. He created his own record label because he felt it was the one surefire way to not have his creative expression hindered. It was also apparent to him that he needed to create a brand that could not only foster positive energy but help empower people all over the world.
Going back to his roots, little Griz in elementary school was required to pick a musical instrument. His first choice was the oboe but he quickly changed his mind to the sax for two reasons: 1. he thought it was cool, and 2. a cute girl was playing the sax and he wanted to sit by her. After that, he fell into love with the sax and in high school, joined the marching band.
After high school, unsure on if he wanted to play an instrument ever again because he was under the impression that musician’s were deemed ‘uncool’ he retired his friend the sax and moved away to college where he took to partying instead. It was then at this point that he took up djing at the various college parties. One night he took a trip back home and he saw his lonely sax just sitting in the corner of his room and chose to take his childhood friend back to college with him. That was what gave birth to the idea of performing improv on the sax on top of mixing in order to replicate that funky house sound. Little Griz grew up and became known on his campus as ‘That dude who plays saxophone and djs’.
Since then, Griz has performed at some of the most prominent summer music festivals. He has also teamed up with Gramatik and collaborated together on a few projects dubbed ‘Grizmatic’. The newfound dynamic duo found each other on a tour bus when Griz was showing Gramatik some of his work and asked him if he wanted to help finish sampling it for him. Once they started collaborating Griz spoke of his feelings meeting Gramatik as if they were old friends meeting for the first time.