Griz, often stylized as GRiZ, is an EDM DJ and producer. His brand of electronica is heavily influenced by funk and soul music.
Griz describes his sound as “future-funk” or “electro-soul.” While GRiZ’s sound has all the hallmarks of electronic dance music, it’s much more than just another take on dubstep.
Griz is moving the genre forward and adding some serious depth to it. He’s demonstrating that EDM can be more than just a soundtrack to a rave.
Similar acts to GRiZ include The Floozies, Break Science, and Big Giantic.
One way in which Griz sets himself apart from his contemporaries is he plays the saxophone. This not only makes his brand of EDM unique but it gives it some musicality.
GRiZ exploded onto the scene in 2011 with the release of his debut album, End of the World Party. The following year he released Mad Liberation.
In 2013, Griz issued his third studio album, Rebel Era. The LP contains the tracks “Hard Times,” “Getting’ Live,” and “Dance With Me.”
Say It Loud dropped on March 31, 2015. His fourth studio album contains contributions from Talib Kweli, Mike Avery, The Floozies, and Orlando Napier.
GRiZ has opened for a number of big name EDM acts including Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. He’s also played numerous music festivals like Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, and Lollapalooza.
In early September 2015, Griz tickets were collected for the very first time at Red Rocks. His inimitable sound and amazing energy were well received thus clearing the way for future visits to one of live music’s most venerated venues.
GRiZ’s real name is Grant Kwiecinski. He was born May 31, 1990 in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
He learned to play the sax and piano in Elementary School and grew up listening to funk, soul, and Motown.
After high school, Griz attended Michigan State University but a diploma was not in his future. He dropped out to pursue a career as a world renowned DJ.
GRiZ owns All Good Records. Other artists on his label include The Floozies and Manic Focus.
“GRiZFam” is the name of his fan club and “Liberators” is the name of his street team—a group of fans who promote Griz concerts and perform charity work.
Both groups share the slogan, which was popularized by GRiZ, “Show Love, Spread Love.”