Dropping bass, spinning house, laying trap – international artists from all genres of EDM will be making the trek to NYC over labor day weekend for the 6th Annual Electric Zoo Festival. Staff writer Megan Venzin will be highlighting her favorite artists each week leading up to the Zoo, taking place August 29-31st on Randall’s Island.
Who are they?: GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is a 24-year-old Detroit-based DJ, producer and Saxophone player. He’s a former member of LEAK, and is half of GRiZmatik, a side project with popular New York producer Gramatik, and one-fourth of Big GRiZmatik, a collaboration that also includes the two members of Colorado’s Big Gigantic.
What do they sound like?: GRiZ blends dubstep, glitch and live saxophone to create a unique genre he refers to as “electro-soul”.
What are they up to?: GRiZ has been busy this year, playing a large number of music festivals including Lollapalooza and Electric Forest, as well as pursuing his own North American tour. He will head to Burning Man’s Black Rock City after Electric Zoo to play Root Society’s opening night party. You can download his 2014 release Rebel Era for free at www.mynameisgriz.com.
When can you see them at Electric Zoo?: GRiZ will play the Hilltop Arena Stage on Saturday, August 30th.