It’s Griz(ay)zee *Phone Interview with Griz*
By: Paulina Pachel
Grant Kwecinski, also known as Griz, is Detroit’s very own up-and-coming 21-year-old sensation. Griz kick-started off his career in college. He was spinning at underground house parties, and getting people hooked on his original sound.
After setting up a SoundCloud account, Griz’s musical talents really went into overdrive and more and more people started booking him for parties. Finally, Griz was booked as Griz for a real gig out of town. “I was super stoked,” he said. His new record, Rebel Era, encompasses the idealism of change. “[It’s] a shift of energy and in a time where the ideas of war, poverty, and social climate are on the tip of everyone’s tongues. For the first time since the civil rights movement, [we] are speaking out for their case and their social wellbeing/status quo. People are not happy with what’s going on in the world and they’re speaking out against it. That kinda incorporates the idea of rebel era; in this era of rebellious attitude in human nature. That’s kinda what’s going on in the world…what drove inspiration for the album. That’s kinda human spirit,” says Griz on his primary motive that led to the making of the record.
While the theme of the album revolves around the idea of the general life struggle with one’s self and one’s place in the world, at the same time it highlights the idea that each and every one of us is reaching out toward a new future that we are all a part of. Despite the enormous differences that divide us, Griz’s music is trying to unite us and “spread love” all over. In fact, Griz’s ideal purpose for the making of this album is to put “more emotion, feeling, and quality into music other than screaming through sound. Not make party music, but insightful, thoughtful stuff…what we’re doing is creating an initiative through social change. The way of looking at the world in a different way…looking at the world in a more collective way, a ‘we are’ not ‘I am’ kinda thing. That’s what I really hope to be the best and spread the most. I want people to love each other, man. I want people to be engaged with each other and have empathy instead of this individual desire to perpetuate oneself in a competitive world. You know, it’s a cooperative world not a competitive world.”
If you haven’t tuned in already, check out Griz’s newest single off of the album, Hard Times. It is one of his favorite pieces off the record, as it captures his love for the music he shares with us all. After selling out three shows in a row, he’s not stopping now. Griz will be performing at Freaky Deaky in Detroit on October 26th. Make sure to grab a friend and head to Griz’s show in a city near you. You will not want to miss out.
You can download Rebel Era for free on Griz’s official website: http://mynameisgriz.com/.
You can also check him out on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/griz.
About Gr iZ
“A true pioneer and master of musical expression, GriZ (Grant Kwiecinski) stands head-and-shoulders above the competition in terms of the sheer variety of his ever-evolving technical prowess. A tremendously passionate and soulful producer, GriZ has a peerless knack for creating profoundly engaging melodies to offset the presence of his phenomenally designed bass. Where many artists become mired in a over-simplified and standardized method of production for the sake of creative efficiency; GriZ has no qualms sacrificing speed for the sake of quality, technical diversity, and an unrelenting devotion to progress and dynamism. Beginning his saga as a producer at the young age of fourteen, it is immediately evident that his talent and devotion will lead him on a journey of exceptional musical diversity and exploration. From funky rhythms to jazzy melodic embellishment, GriZ effortlessly incorporates his instrumental zeal for the saxophone with his lifelong dedication to soulful, laser-infused beat-making. This is only the beginning for Grant, and already the stylistic range of his material is both inspirational and utterly awe-inspiring.” -Written by Ethan Baer (SubSynthesis.com)