Posts Tagged ‘Jai Wolf’

November 22, 2017

Over the weekend, NYC electronic extraordinaire Jai Wolf released his Kindred Spirits Remixes pack, an eight song collection involving a wide range of artists we love. The release includes this sleek propulsive, bouncy buoyant edit of Jai Wolf’s Gravity, featuring JMR, by ever dashing production duo Hotel Garuda (aka Candle Weather and Manila Killa). Their melodious thrusting, crisp bounding edit brings me right back to their show at the Recency Ballroom earlier this month, when I “danced on the moon” to their latest single and plenty of other Hotel Garuda treats amidst an exuberant crowd. In a way, it’s rather fitting this remix came out right after. The effects of “gravity” slip away as we hop and leap in delirious joy to their blithesome house remix. Jai Wolf’s Kindred Spirits Remixes release, which also features the likes of Robotaki, Party Pupils, Vindata, and more, is available from iTunes, here.

August 5, 2017

I really hope I get to meet Lil Hank someday. Not only is he the most handsome little pup on earth, but he’s a fine little “music maker”, too. Lil Hank is practically Next Wave Records’ beloved mascot, and he’s such great pals with so many other stellar music purveyors. Lil Hank made a dreamy sublime remix for his uncle, Jai Wolf, the other day. Float into sweet oblivion on the canine wonder’s fleecy remix of Mr Gabriel featuring Starlight. Lil Hank’s cosmic beams of starlight stay close to Jai Wolf’s luminescent original, affording us a new opportunity to dissolve into the esteemed producer’s soothing future aria. Lil Hank says (or barks and woofs) that his edit was going to be an official remix on Spotify/Apple, but he accidentally pooped all over the car on the way back from EDC this year. Accidents happen, it’s all good, Lil Hank. Thanks for letting us partake in your heavenly rendition of Starlight, anyway. Stream the original below, which is out now on Mom + Pop, 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! 

Gryffin: WebsiteFacebook / Soundcloud / YouTube / Twitter

May 1, 2017

It’s been about two weeks since Kansas City producer VALENTINE joined forces with New York’s 4AM to dazzle us with glitchy buoyant Moving Castle debut Us. It’s some very different vibes that this obviously versatile and dexterous producer gives us on his new offering, a dark and complex collaboration with Argentina’s Halpe. They unite to give Jai Wolf’s Like It’s Over a polyrhythmic remix that oscillates between haunting extremes. VALENTINE and Halpe’s Like It’s Over starts off viscous and visceral, before it launches into twisted jabbing, frenetic whizzing urgency. The bass shuddering implosion it undergoes is spine tingling. Ghostly optics, spectral blips, and murky interludes add to the hypnotic yet adrenaline pumping effect of this revolutionary trap and bass remix, which is a free download, here.

April 9, 2017

Ever dexterous and versatile electronic prodigy Jai Wolf continues to dazzle and impress as the producer from New York delivers a stunning melodic lullaby named Starlight. Dreamy vocals, turned in by Nashville’s Mr Gabriel, join a flux of warm keys and a surge of effulgent synths on the breathtaking rhapsody. We bathe in this “starlight”, eyes bright with wonder and heart swelling in bliss. Beyond us, a universe stretches into infinity. We float into its oblivion on the wings of Jai Wolf’s gently billowing future bass. Starlight is out now on Mom + Pop music. Alternate streams and downloads available, here. Catch Jai Wolf on his Desert Moon Spring Tour, details can be found here.

February 26, 2017

I was thrilled when NYC production whiz Jai Wolf linked up with a long time IHM loved synthpop project, MNDR, on a synth dazzling indie dance confection named Like It’s Over. The song can be found on Jai Wolf’s excellent Kindred Spirits EP. We now get to partake in Like It’s Over in a fresh new fashion, thanks to Los Angeles based singer, producer, and multi-media artist Xie. She infuses Like It’s Over with an atmospheric spaciousness on her expansive future bass and melodic trap remix. The result is nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. MNDR’s vocals seem to relay even more desperate emotion in their more isolated state on Xie’s edit. You can download the remix for free, here.

November 23, 2016

Today is the day if you are in The Bay Area. Jai Wolf is finally headlining the Fox Theater in Oakland after recently releasing his EP “Kindred Spirits”. Don’t forget to arrive early because Jerry Folk is on before Jai Wolf.

October 21, 2016

Massively popular New York City production genius Jai Wolf, whom we’ve eagerly watched rise up in the electronic ranks since his earliest remixes, gives us a welcome surprise on his new original. He partners up with long time IHM championed New York synthpop project MNDR on a synth hovering indie dance confection named Like It’s Over. This halcyon sailing song drifts somewhere between synthwave and electropop, oozing oodles of neon chrome nostalgia in course. MNDR’s bewitching ethereal vocals add to the song’s dreamy effect. Like It’s Over is the lead single from Jai Wolf’s debut EP, Kindred Spirits, due out November 18th on Mom+Pop. The producer will also be hitting the road for a long slew of tour dates beginning on November 2nd. For tickets and details, click here. Purchase singles revealed so far from Kindred Spirits from iTunes.

September 13, 2016

Oakland’s own KRNE has been taking us to cloud nine with his brand of hyper charged electro trap all year long. The producer gives Jai Wolf’s The Chain Gang Of 1974 featuring hit single Drive the KRNE treatment, transforming it into a frenetic trilling, dense compacting future re-work both endlessly invigorating and shiver inducing exhilarating. The epic dramatic edit is out now on Foreign Family Collective.

September 12, 2016

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