October 4th of 2015 marks a very special day in my life. It was the first time I saw GRiZ live.
*Rewind the time to eight days previously* My friends and I were at Tomorrowworld, a music festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and were walking to the Mythical Frames stage to see who we thought was Excision. As we walked up to the stage, the music that we heard was very different from what Excision’s music typically sounds like. It was a little bit funky, and a whole lotta weird. It was Gramatik.
Having not been exposed to much funky electronic music before, I was at a loss for words. It was exactly what my ears wanted to hear, and I wanted more. I asked my friend Daniel, who is very knowledgable about the EDM scene, if he had any recommendations for funky electronic artists, and he told me to check out GRiZ.
Eight days later, it was Sunday morning and the last day of the first weekend of ACL. I was looking at the lineup to see who my friend Nicole and I were going to see that day, and there he was. In the 6:30pm – 7:30pm time slot at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage, GRiZ was listed. Without even listening to any of his music to see if we’d like him, Nicole and I headed to ACL for the day, and to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage at 6:30pm.
I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting for GRiZ’s set, and for his music in general, but it was everything I’ve ever wanted and more. GRiZ is everything I’ve ever wanted in an artist and more. It’s not just his music (which is utterly spectacular on its own, don’t get me wrong), but it’s…
The energy GRiZ brings to his sets ~ His sets are like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. They go beyond just hearing and seeing GRiZ perform his music. He never fails to create a whole experience out of seeing him and always gets the entire crowd dancing and having a great time. His passion for music, and enthusiasm for sharing it with others, is clearly shown by the energy he brings to all of his sets. Here are a couple videos from when I’ve seen GRiZ in the past:
~GRiZ from the Good Will Prevail Tour in October of 2016~
~GRiZ at Mysteryland in June of 2016~
The people who make up the GRiZFam ~ The GRiZFam is a great achievement. It has taken hundreds of people, all with different interests, backgrounds, and experiences, and connected them through their shared love of GRiZ and his music. Because of the GRiZFam, I’ve met many different people, and have made some truly amazing friends.
The message that GRiZ sends through his music ~ GRiZ is all about spreading the love. His mantra is ‘Show Love, Spread Love’, and he truly abides by these words. Follow GRiZ on Facebook or Instagram and you will consistently see posts about promoting kindness and being positive, as well as spreading the love. He even incorporates these messages of kindness, positivity, and love into his music, such as with his newly released album, Good Will Prevail, which conveys a message of positivity and perseverance in times of struggle. GRiZ takes this one step further, by including these messages in his sets. When seeing GRiZ, you can expect to see phrases, such as ‘Love is love’ and ‘I believe that all we need in this world is more love’, shown on screen behind him. In fact, the last time I saw GRiZ, he stopped his set mid-way and had the crowd repeat the latter mentioned phrase after him multiple times in order for it to really sink in. GRiZ envisions a world in which love is abundant and good prevails and is truly working to achieve such a world, something that I’m proud to say I’m a part of.
When I went to GRiZ’s set at ACL on October 4th of 2015, I didn’t realize how critical of a moment it would be in my life. That day marked a turning point in the music I most often listen to, which is funky electronic music, and the role that it plays in my life. Because of GRiZ, I now have an abundance of music to listen to that I love: music that brings me happiness and joy, always makes me smile in my head and with my heart, and above all, reminds me to promote kindness, be positive, and always spread the love.
I’ve seen GRiZ six times since I first saw him at ACL. As a matter of fact, I’m about to see him for my eighth time at Decadence in ten days. For some, this may seem like a lot of times to be seeing the same artist. For me, it will never be enough. I will never tire of seeing GRiZ live because of what he represents to me. He represents that, in a world which seems to be becoming further occupied by hate, anger, and fear, there will always be those who choose to show love and spread love, and for this reason, GRiZ , and his music, will always hold a special place in my heart.