Posts Tagged ‘Gryffin’

October 16, 2017

Nobody compares to Gryffin when it comes to emotive sweeping, epic soaring electronica. It’s no surprise that his latest original, Nobody Compares To You, which features beautiful vocals by Katie Pearlman, has already received so much love in its ten days out and about. It’s as bittersweet a beautifully crafted, mellifluous lulling dance gem as they come, with ravishing chords and heartrending lyrics. Heartache and heartbreak has never felt so good. You’ll find yourself pining after the one that got away as you float away into the sky to Gryffin’s single. Yet such sweet bursts of euphoria cut through the regret swimming in your heart as sanguine thrumming beats lift us to cloud nine. Catch Gryffi non his Castle In The Sky tour through fall, ticket info can be found, here. Nobody Compares To You is out via all major retailers. Find it, here.

October 5, 2017

I think we’ve shared at least half a dozen remixes of Portugal. the Man’s dominating single Feel It Still. It’s a whopping number and a testament to how truly bodacious the funky swaggering hit really is. We named it one of our top songs of the year, and it went on to snag our favorite American psych rock band their first Billboard #1. Gryffin pays tribute to the song on his latest release, too, giving it the good ol’ coruscant winged, halcyon lifting griffin treatment. And what’s a Gryffin remix without those requisite effulgent guitars and iridescent future chops? We’re feeling it, and we’ll be feeling it still for a very long time to come. Do yourself a favor, catch Gryffin on his expansive Castle In The Sky tour, details are available, here.

August 31, 2017

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.

August 1, 2017

You could say we’ve grown accustomed to soaring through the clouds and across the cosmos on the wings of Gryffin’s ever scintillating music, but every time we experience the Los Angeles producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist songs, we find ourselves lifted to new heights of aural pleasure. Gryffin takes us on a different sort of journey with his new original, Love In Ruins, and surprises us with a far moodier, much more mellifluously nostalgic sojourn that features ever phenomenal UK chanteuse Sinead Harnett on guest vocals. Don’t get us wrong… Love In Ruins is still a heart bursting, beautifully atmospheric affair, but his thrumming beats and dynamic riffs tug at the more scarred regions of the heart. Love In Ruins is a resilient and bolstering anthem, but it aches and yearns. You can find this moving indie dance, melodious pop, and pumping house chimera on iTunes, here. Catch one of Gryffin’s explosive and commanding live performances when he plays Terminal 5 in New York on October 21st. Tickets are available, here.

July 4, 2017

Exactly one week ago, Gryffin was performing to an elated crowd of dance music fans in the Mad Decent tent at ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival. The Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer was on fire, as he’s been each and every time we’ve seen him since his live debut at SnowGlobe Music Festival a few years ago. If there’s one word that can describe this man’s live show, it’s “glorious”. Today, we take flight alongside Gryffin once again as he presents us with his new remix of Kygo and Ellie Goulding’s massive collaboration, First Time. His intricately crafted, dulcet sweeping dance edit features all that we love about Gryffin, be it his extra layers of impassioned instrumentals or its high springing, lofty soaring vibrancy. Gryffin’s edit is a part of the new remixes pack out for First Time which also features a re-work by R3HAB. You can purchase or stream the remixes, here. IHM was fortunate enough to chat with Gryffin after his stupendous set at ID10T. You can read our interview, here.

June 30, 2017


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.


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?


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.


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! 

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June 9, 2017

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

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.

April 9, 2017

I’ve said it plenty times before, and I’m more than happy to say it all again. Sigrid’s Don’t Kill My Vibe is one of the year’s best debuts, and the 20 year old Norwegian singer songwriter is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic and magnetic talents to watch right now. The popping jam has received its first official remix treatments this past week, and I can never resist a good Gryffin shake up when it comes to ravishing dance edits. The producer and multi-instrumentalist gives Don’t Kill My Vibe a full bodied sound with his luminous lifting interpretation. There’s a dreamy chromatic ambiance to Gryffin’s Don’t Kill My Vibe that evokes Tycho, but expanded by the vibrant robustness of progressive house and the thrilling ripples of future bass. You can revisit the hit original, here.

March 5, 2017

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.