Fader Premiere: GRiZ Official Music Video + MP3 “Hard Times”
Off His Forthcoming Rebel Era Album Due Out This Month
Photo Credit: Joshua Hanford
At a mere 23 years old, Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is an amalgam of talents that go beyond a simple description. A producer, DJ, and classically-trained saxophone player, GRiZ is bending and re-shaping electronic music with his funky, sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor. In celebration of his sophomore album Rebel Era due out this month, GRiZ just unleashed the album lead single and accompanying video, “Hard Times”,via The Fader.
GRiZ unveiled this very personal, heartfelt statement about his forthcoming album Rebel Era:
In a time…
In a time where words and phrases like the occupy movement, personal freedom, the NSA, riots, elections, and war are on the tips of everyone’s tongues, I can feel a shift in global energy. This is a time where classism and competition is tearing a rift in society. A time where imperialist democratic capitalism is fighting its way to dominate cultures and seperate people into selfish consumers. A time where people are turning against the powers that be and are speaking out against these values. A time that is inspiring people to seek change. Its the time that we live in, an age that we created.
I wrote this record over the past year in many different states and phases. From tour busses, to bedroom studios, from green rooms full of friends and scenesters, to planes thousands of feet flying through the sky. I’ve met and worked with so many new people through the creation of this album and pushed my limits as a producer to create something challenging and dynamic. Taking every single moment that I wasn’t on stage and dedicating it to developing ideas of sound; at times, left me breathless and laid out on the floor of my room with songs on repeat – anxious thoughts melting away into space.
But thats the thing. I’ve found that music sets me free. Its up to us to use that which is most compelling and manifest a new reality. One free of apathy. A world of compassion, empathy and cooperation. A world of action and of love.
This is Rebel Era.
The young musician’s irresistible melodies poured over with gleaming sax and jacking rhythms serve as an alluring backdrop for this engaging and extremely live music video. Get to know GRiZ and look out for his upcoming self-released Rebel Era LP soon available for free download on his site, as well as iTunes, Spotify and Beatport, as he hits the road on his biggest national headlining tour to date this fall, with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland, Madison, Louisville, Minneapolis and more. GRiZ will also be headlining Freaky Deaky in both Chicago and Detroit later this month along with acclaimed rapper Danny Brown. See below for the full list of GRiZ tour dates.
GRiZ Rebel Era Tour Dates:
GRiZ Rebel Era Tour Dates
10/10 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
10/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10/15 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
10/16 – Crystal Bay, NV – Tahoe Biltmore
10/17 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre
10/18 – Seattle, WA – Showbox @ the Market
10/19 – Portland, OR – Branx
10/21 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic Event Center
10/24 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
10/27 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
10/31 – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
11/07 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
11/09 – Northamton, MA – Pearl Street
11/10 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11/12 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre
11/13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
11/14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
11/16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/17 – Richmond, VA – The National
11/19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
11/20 – Boone, NC – Legends Club – ASU
11/21 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By the Sea
11/22 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
11/23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/26 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
11/27 – Memphis, TN – Newby’s
11/28 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
11/29 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub
11/30 – St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
“Soulful.”– The Fader
“GRiZ born Grant Kwiecinski, who at the tender age of 23 through his own natural talent and passion has become one of the next artists to watch in the world of electronic music.” – Huffington Post
“GRiZ: The soul of hip-hop, house & electronic music. “- Jay Z’s Life + Times
“GRiZ took the stage and worked what seemed like the entire population of the Pretty Lights set from the night before into an insatiable frenzy.”
“Best of the night…the performance could have been two hours longer and people would have stayed to dance to GRiZ’s alluring beats.”
– Paste Magazine (On his performance at Lollapalooza)
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.