Fresh off his fall tour of Europe, and having spent his summer in the states playing at festivals including Electric Zoo, Northcoast Music Festival and the Big Up in addition to a very celebrated performance in front of 10,000 people with Pretty Lights in the lush mountains of Red Rocks, Gramatik embarks on his first nationwide tour this fall.
The Pretty Lights Music Tour is the first time since launching the label that Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights has sent his labelmates out on a PLM tour featuring a full bill of PLM artists.
Gramatik will be joined by Michal Menert who co-headline dates across North America this fall switching off closing slots nightly. They will be joined by SuperVision along the musical trek. The first run of the tour kicks off at Boston’s Paradise Theatre on November 2nd, and makes stops in New York City, Atlanta, Colorado, Philadelphia, Nashville, St.Louis and many others. The west coast dates will be announced shortly.
Live, Gramatik carts an APC 40 on stage, a kind of live performance controller akin to a conductor’s baton—if the baton were hooked up to every instrument in the orchestra. The music is complemented by live instrumentation supplied by Alex, a friend who made the trip with him from Slovenia, where Gramatik is originally from. Following this September’s Electric Zoo performance MTV Iggy and others such as Flavorpill highlighted his set, and named Gramatik as “One of the 5 new acts to watch” saying “His Sunday set was full of that good old bass-heavy mid-morning dubstep”.
PRETTY LIGHTS MUSIC TOUR DATES FEATURING GRAMATIK & MICHAEL MENERT + SUPERVISION
10/30/11 JAX TSI Discotheque (GRAMATIK DATE ONLY)
10/31/11 Tallahassee, FL Engine Room (GRAMATIK DATE ONLY)
11/2/11 Boston, MA Paradise
11/3/11 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
11/4/11 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
11/5/11 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
11/6/11 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
11/8/11 Charleston, SC Pour House
11/9/11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
11/11/11 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
11/12/11 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival
11/15/11 St. Louis, MO 2720
11/16/11 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
11/17/11 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
11/18/11 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
11/19/11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theater
11/23/11 Denver, CO Cervante’s
11/25/11 Aspen, CO Belly Up
11/26/11 Vail, CO Agave Agave
11/27/11 Breckenridge, CO Three20South
This summer Gramatik released his banging, soulful, and just plain hot new beat collection, Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1, as a free download on Pretty Lights Music. Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 is a collection of beats that are hip-hop at the core, but go far beyond that in the realm of technique, style, and creativity. The tracks are raw, sample based beats, with a technical sophistication and an evolved stylistic twist that question the idea of what a hip-hop beat is and should be. Gramatik’s knack for finding and chopping samples brings the soul to the table, and then he injects them with a massive dose of flavor that lands the tracks anywhere between ultra-hype banger and contemplative head-nodder. Either way, Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 pushes the envelope of hip-hop production, and is an epic start to what is proving to be a perfect match between Gramatik and PLM.
Gramatik is an extremely versatile producer, and even though he dabbles in genres from dubstep to electro, he describes his album releases as ‘pure hip hip…on steroids’. His previous albums saw sales of over 80,000 tracks online, but right now, Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 is available on Pretty Lights Music at no cost. In the past 2 years, topping all kinds of genre charts, Gramatik has matured from a curious kid attracted by soundscapes, to a world-class producer. Gramatik’s music quickly gained steam after he first began posting it online in 2008 and earned him nominations for ‘’Best Chill Out Artist’’ and ‘’Best Chill Out Track’’ at the 2010 Beatport Music Awards and taking 2nd place in both categories.
Michael Menert’s sound combines obscure vintage samples from both Eastern European and Western vinyl with rich analog synthesis and organic hard hitting beats. It is a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas.
Whether you’re a dubstep junkie, or like your live music mixed with everything from vintage hip hop to orchestrational beats, The Pretty Lights Music Tour certainly offers something sonically to please any crowd.
You can download Gramatik’s Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1,http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/therecordlabel/index.html
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.