Posts Tagged ‘Daya’

May 22, 2018
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RL Grime is what I’d consider production royalty. The WeDidIt collective member has been a blazing pioneer in the trap, grime, and bass scene since 2011, and it was just over a month ago when he released an unexpectedly melodic and ethereal single with Daya named I Wanna Know, shedding his raucous jarring grittiness of yore. Los Angeles producer Kaivon, who previously dropped our jaws with his dramatic remix of Flume classic Insane, takes us on a propulsive odyssey with his take on the beautiful RL Grime track. We go on a life-changing journey with the producer as he vaults us to breathtaking apexes with his dynamic drops and expansive future bass/chill trap on the exultant remix. Kaivon’s I Wanna Know remix is a free download, here.

March 28, 2018
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RL Grime sheds some of that grime on a beautifully crisp and crystalline stirring original named I Wanna Know, and he’s linked up with Grammy-winning Pittsburgh starlet Daya on the track, too. While some of our usual favorite tracks from the Los Angeles based producer are raucous jarring bonanzas, there’s no denying the immaculate beauty of the thrilling synth arpeggios and cinematic soundscape found on his new soaring single. Plus, there are still plenty of swervy twists to keep us on our toes (though I swear it feels like my toes aren’t touching the ground when I’m caught up in this exultant track). Watch RL Grime’s lyric video for the song below, and snag the immense track from iTunes, here.

August 31, 2017
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I was over the moon when feel good electronica purveyor Gryffin and melodic bass genius Illenium teamed up with Daya on their supermassive hit Feel Good. I was also overjoyed when plenty of amazing remixes of the song surfaced, as expected. A new electronic duo fresh on our radar from Tuscaloosa, Alabama have floored me with their recent take on the song. ZEWMOB, who describes themselves as a live electronic music experience comprised of two accomplished music producers Ryan Lee & Clay Woods, takes us on a breathtaking and mellifluous future bass adventure. They lift us from ambient introspection to the exhilarating expanse of the cosmos with the monumental edit’s spectacular ascent and lofty peaks. You can download their remix, here.

June 30, 2017

I HEART MOOSIQ interview : GRYFFIN 

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival 06.24.17

interviewed by Nick

We’d like to thank Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist and producer Gryffin for taking the time to speak with us after his killer ID10T Festival set and after coming off a tiring weekend of closing out stages at Fire Fly Music Festival and EDC Las Vegas.


GRYFFIN: My (EDC) set was at 4:30am. I had the sunrise set and I had just come from Firefly Music Festival the night before.

IHM: So you flew across the country.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was really intense. It was fun though. It was so late though. I got into Vegas, soundchecked in the afternoon, and we didn’t sleep from the night before from closing the dance tent there, and I had to sleep or else I’m not going to be energetic at all for this 4:30 set. So I didn’t get to see anyone. I bailed the next day. Well, I saw a little bit of Slushii, but that’s because he was on right before me. Man, it was so hot.

IHM: When I came back from EDC to the Bay Area, I was thinking it’s going to be cooler weather. But it was still like 100 degrees over here.

GRYFFIN: Oh yeah, wasn’t there recently a pretty extreme heat wave.

IHM: Today’s basically the first day that’s cooled down. We’re thankful it’s only low 80s finally.

GRYFFIN: My parents were talking about that too. They were saying it was like 95 degrees here.

IHM: Like I said, not much of a change from Vegas. Was that your first EDC experience?

GRYFFIN: It was my first one. Well, I guess I’ve done the other. I did EDC Japan, so I guess the big one really is the Vegas one so I’d consider it my first one. It was freakin’ awesome. I always heard that you know EDC is going to be crazy but I didn’t really understand it from a production stand point. How many people actually show up and go to it. I don’t know. You kind of have to go and experience it to understand how big it is.

IHM: I remember our first time seeing you was at SnowGlobe.

GRYFFIN: That was actually my first live show that I had ever done and it was literally like minus 5 degrees outside. And I’m like trying to play the guitar and I can’t even feel my fingers on the fret board. And this is … if I can make it through this then I can make it through the live shows any where else. Man, it feels like such a long time ago, but I love that festival and I love Tahoe.

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IHM: So you play a bunch of instruments. Were you self-taught or how did you learn?

GRYFFIN: Em, well, kind of. I started taking classical piano lessons when I was seven. I played all the way through high school. In that sense, I wasn’t self taught. I learned classical music playing Mozart and all that kind of stuff. Maybe when I was 11 or 12 I was getting really into rock music. Ironically Weezer, maybe we’ll see them here tonight (at ID10T Music Festival), and that kind of music. I decided I wanted to start jamming, playing guitar and with friends, and that was self taught by just looking online for tabs and videos on how to play guitar and stuff. Then in high school I’d jam around with friends. So that’s really where all the music kind of came from. 

Then as I got to college that’s when I really started to get into dance music. I remember listening to Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers and that kind of stuff, and I was into it, but it wasn’t until I got to school that I got into the big players like Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, when he was coming up. And I remember the first time hearing Skrillex, it was like, “oh my gosh, what is this music?” It’s so insane, it’s so futuristic sounding, and that’s when I decided I should try to make it just for fun.

IHM: Would you go to a bunch of shows?

GRYFFIN: Yeah I did. I would go to the shows at The Shrine, HARD Day of the Dead…

IHM: So basically all these SoCal shows?

GRYFFIN: Yeah.

IHM: And it’s pretty awesome, for music, in LA.

GRYFFIN: Yeah it is. For that scene it was bubbling at that time, I mean it still is, but it was cool going to Together As One. I went to Coachella. I remember being at Coachella when DeadMau5 revealed his mask that lit up for the first time. I was in the crowd thinking, “Oh my God, this is insane.” That was when I was like, “I want to try and do this.” Not as a career necessarily, it was that same mentality as in high school where I just wanted to make music.

IHM: Well you still have White Panda don’t you?

GRYFFIN: I’m not part of it anymore. I don’t talk about that too much. That was really where everything started, making mash-ups in college. Then I realized I wanted to do more than make sample based music, because, I know how to play instruments. I want to make music and I don’t want to just sample stuff. That was how the Gryffin project spawned.

IHM: Gryffin is obviously a play on your name, but does it symbolize anything to you. Are you a big Harry Potter fan?

GRYFFIN: Hahaha, I wasn’t at the time but I am now. My girlfriend is a huge Harry Potter fan. And I’m glad I picked the good one, GRYFFINDOR right? It’s not like I was Slytherin or anything. But yeah, I based the name off… well it is my last name, but a griffin is a mythical creature. It’s majestic, and since it’s a half eagle it conveys a lot of flight, uplifting, soaring type of energy themes. That’s what I try to do with my music is make it uplifting and beautiful, kind of a sort of floating feeling. That’s why I went with this creature, because I love everything that it represents and the mythology behind it. It just felt like a good fit.

IHM: And with your Flight Log mixes, that’s perfect.

GRYFFIN: EXACTLY. I’m still trying to figure out the debut name of my EP. I still want to keep the aviation flight theme going so if you guys have any ideas, let me know. I’m going to bring back the Flight Logs this summer actually. I’ve been getting a lot of flack from fans about it, “it’s been a year dude, like come on.”

IHM: I’ve been telling my friends too, “At least he did a Night Owl Radio mix”.

GRYFFIN: I did do that! But I want to do another Flight Log because I have a lot of new music I want to put on there. A lot of remixes of the singles and stuff. And that’s definitely going to come this summer.

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IHM: How far along are you with that EP?

GRYFFIN: It’s almost done. So it’s three of the singles that have already come out and three brand new singles. I actually played one of them tonight, or a snippet of it. But they’re basically done from the production stand point. I got to find a vocalist for one of them.

IHM: How do you go about that? Do you hear a voice and you’re like, “I got to have that”?

GRYFFIN: Yeah, at this point in the record, the production and the songwriting is finished. It’s just the singer, she’s a songwriter and she has no aspirations to be an artist. She just wants to be behind the scenes, which I totally respect, but she’s got an amazing voice. It sucks because she sounds amazing on the record. Now I’m trying to reach out and talk with other artists and getting them to take their impression of the song and put their own flavor to it and see if it’s the right vibe. So I’ve been doing a lot of sessions in LA when I’m not on tour. But it’s basically done and I’m hoping to put everything out in August.

IHM: So have you started reaching out to people asking them to remix certain songs?

GRYFFIN: Actually, no. Not for the new records. But the ‘Feel Good’ remix package is coming out next week, which there are some really good remixes out there.

IHM: Do you get in contact with artists or they reach out to you to do a remix?

GRYFFIN: It kind of goes both ways. So half the remix EP was people that reached out to me or cold submitted it and I just loved them. And the other half, I personally asked Crankdat, I personally asked Brooks, and they have really sick remixes.

IHM: Great! So we’re here at ID10T fest, and it kind of feels weird that it’s comics and music put together. It kind of feels like a segregated crowd.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was definitely a bit eclectic. I was talking with Hugo earlier and they were asking me right as I got off if it was alright. And, you guys are right. It is segregated where some people came here for the comedy but others came here for the music. But the fans that came here for the music are fans of all three of us (Gryffin, Jai Wolf, Madeon). 15 minutes into the set I look back to David who’s doing video and I’m like, “Yo, this is pretty lit. People are really into this right now.” It ended up being… and I didn’t want to downplay the festival, but the crowd was awesome and Jai Wolf and I were saying the hospitality’s been really good by the festival.

IHM: Jai Wolf is playing right after you. At Lollapalooza you guys are doing an after party together.

GRYFFIN: Hell yeah!

IHM: How does that come about?

GRYFFIN: We’ve been homies for awhile. We have the same agent, and when I was living in New York he was living in Long Island, and I went over to his house several times. We kind of just became friends. That whole crew of Manila Killa, Louis The Child, Jai … I’m like super tight with all them now. I love seeing them and doing stuff with them.

IHM: You’re friends with Brett [Blackman] right? (URL2IRL CEO/founder, mgmt Moving Castle for AOBeats, Manila Killa, SAKIMA, Hotel Garuda)

GRYFFIN: Yes! I love Brett!

IHM: Brett is awesome!

GRYFFIN: He is the man. I’m going to see him in LA. Manila has a show at El Rey Theatre in like a week. I haven’t seen Brett in months.

IHM: I’m going to see Manila Killa at The Regency Ballroom on July 8th.

GRYFFIN: Yeah! It’s going to be amazing. I love Chris (Manila Killa), dude. I would honestly say he’s one of my closest friends out of producers. He’s a really good person.

IHM: I love watching him on stage, even when he’s not performing. He’s a really good hype man.

GRYFFIN: But yeah, Jai [Wolf] and I were briefly talking about what kind of production we wanted for that. It should be a really fun show.

IHM: Can we expect any b2b?

GRYFFIN: I’m going to start off the night, then he’ll come on. Depending on how the vibe is we may come on together. We just want to make it a fun vibe because we’re homies outside of music.

Gryffin is looking forward to time off next month. He’ll be spending it in the studio working on new music and preparing for his tour this fall. He’s also released an official remix today for Kygo & Ellie Goulding’s First Time, which can be streamed via Spotify, here. Watch the video for his latest original with Illenium, Feel Good, featuring Daya, below.


We had a great time chatting with one of our favorite artists, a versatile songwriter, dexterous musician, and captivating performer. His scintillating live performance in the Mad Decent dance tent at Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival was colossal. Thank you, Gryffin!

You can catch Gryffin’s live set at Lollapalooza in August. We’ll be on the look out for further details regarding his tour later this year! 

Gryffin: WebsiteFacebook / Soundcloud / YouTube / Twitter

June 9, 2017
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It was a jaw dropping affair when producer/multi-instrumentalist Gryffin teamed up with melodic bass connoisseur Illenium to deliver a bedazzling anthem featuring Pittsburgh pop starlet Daya earlier this year. Just when I thought Feel Good couldn’t feel anybetter, Los Angeles’ Spirix swoops on to the scene with an uplifting future bass remix. This panoramic re-work leaves me breathless with its aerial leaps and choppy radiance. Spirix says to message him on Facebook for an MP3 copy of the track, here.

May 22, 2017
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Melodic bass mover & shaker ILLENIUM plus illustrious producer/multi-instrumentalist Gryffin teamed up earlier this year on an epic hit named Feel Good, featuring Pittsburgh pop sensation Daya. The rhapsodic beauty still has a firm hold over me. Ohio’s Crankdat has since given Feel Good a phenomenal work over. We’re accustomed to the producer’s brain jogging, adrenaline pumping concoctions, but on this remix, Crankdat chose to go with a melodic lifting approach that combines progressive house, future bass, and dubstep. A flood of bliss and an eruption of rapture overtakes us as we dance to our hearts’ content to Crankdat’s truly “feel good” remix, which is out now on iTunes, here.

March 5, 2017
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This next requisite share brings together a stellar lineup of talent I never thought I’d see together on one song. News itself of Feel Good stirred up a colossal amount of buzz days ahead of the epic song’s release. Melodic bass mover and shaker Illenium and gifted producer plus multi-instrumentalist Gryffin have joined forces to deliver the bedazzling beauty of an electronic aria. And, as if that isn’t mind blowing enough, rising Pittsburgh pop superstar Daya lent her honeyed vocals to the song, too. There’s no mistaking each one of these artists’ signature touch in Feel Good. Daya’s mellifluous pop, Gryffin’s guitar lush electronica, and Illenium’s epic grandeur all endow the soaring anthem. Feel Good is well on its way to becoming one of 2017′s top crossover smashes. The single is out now on Darkroom / Interscope. 

September 19, 2016
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Though we’ve been deuged with a tidal wave of The Chainsmokers remixes this year, and despite the fact that a few of them have featured new vocals rather than their original vox, we have heard nothing like this completely revamped cover of smash single Don’t Let Me Down by innovative hip hop artist SIDIZEN KING. On production duties is casualkimino who turns in a brilliant job melding swanky future bass with jazzy trap. Its on that luxuriant bed on which SIDIZEN KING fires off some rapid and smooth on point rapping. It all seems to come so effortlessly for this rising Los Angeles hip hop talent, whose fervent and intense skillfulness is a fine match for the intoxicating pitch shifted Daya hooks from the original. Simply put, Don’t Let Me Down has received its most brilliant re-imagination. Though true to the original, it’s also been made into a fresh and visionary new track all SIDIZEN KING and casualkimono’s own. Download the track for free, here.

April 20, 2016
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Las Vegas’ 3LAU is one of the latest producers to take on The Chainsmokers. The red hot production duo’s music has been so popular in the remix game these days, it’s near impossible to go a day or two without encountering at least one new edit. But trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this one. 3LAU’s edit of Don’t Let Me Down, featuring rising pop star Daya, is a summery pool of wistful chill trap bliss. His remix is the perfect accompaniment to this springtime heat wave we’ve been having here in the Bay. Though exhilarating, there’s a strong undercurrent of inherent sadness in 3LAU’s beautiful re-work, one that injects my heart with a tingling dose of sweet nostalgia. The remix is a free download, here.

April 8, 2016
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Remixes of The Chainsmokers continue to roll in on a near daily basis, but when I saw the name Jenaux on this one, I knew I had to set everything aside and give it my full attention. Not that there was any chance of my mind straying away from the NYC based producer’s remix of Daya featuring Don’t Let Me Down, not at all. Jenaux gives the song a breathtaking makeover, one that bubbles over with frisky and showy funk. Daya’s voice seems sweeter than ever on the horn dapper electro house remix, leaving me wondering who on earth would ever let her down? Download Jeneaux’s remix for free, here.