What’s the best way to cure those post Holy Ship blues? By going to see Gramatik at the Playstation Theatre tomorrow night, February 20th. We may still be swaying after seeing his two electrifying performances on board the MSC Divina, but we’re ready for me. Denis Jašarević is one of Brooklyn’s most compelling producers. His signature brand of electro-funk and collaborations with mega acts like Big Gigantic and GRiZ have helped to make him one of festival season’s biggest names.
Tomorrow’s show at the Playstation Theatre is special for numerous reasons. He will be playing for his local family, and introducing several new tracks from his upcoming album, Epigram, due out in just a few short weeks. What else makes Gramatik so wonderful? You can download ALL of his music for free. That’s right, this dude is so groovy that he lets his fans partake in the tunes without breaking the bank. So you’ll definitely want to support him by buying a ticket to his live set featuring instrumentalists and a stunning list of surprise guests. Tickets are still available HERE.
We were lucky enough to chat with Gramatik about his recent adventures and his expectations for the year of the monkey. Check out our interview below!
FREEwilliamsburg: It’s been a busy year so far! A tour, 2 performances on Holy Ship and you’ve been in the studio. Does this feel like a special year for you?
Gramatik: This is definitely a special year, my new album Epigram is finally finished and will be out very soon. After that I am really looking forward to a new year with new projects and a bunch of great shows.
FW: What can we expect from the new album?
G: There will be 10 songs on the record and a lot of collaborations. Native Son with Raekwon and Orlando Napier is already out. The release will also feature ProbCause, Russ Liquid, Adrian Lau, Luxas and Laibach, an avant-garde band from Slovenia. As Epigram suggests, all of the tracks are short witty stories in different genres. The release is very diverse and I think everyone will find something they like.
FW: Please tell us if we can expect some new Grizmatik goodies! Can you dish?
Grant and I are focusing on our individual careers right now so there’s nothing “new” currently in the works. But we may play some shows together soon! It’s all happening one way or the other!
FW: Last year you were rocking so many festival lineups. What makes your music and style so fitting for the festival atmosphere?
G: The huge success of EDM music also brought a lot of generic sounds and artists, who can sound the same. I try not to go down that road, I do my own thing. I think the fusion of electronic and funk, soul, blues accompanied with live instrumentation gives some of the people something they may miss in the current EDM scene. And festivals come from a long history of bands, so I think live music is deeply rooted in the way people experience festivals.
FW: The last time I saw you play at Playstation Theatre (Formerly Best Buy Theatre) you had a full funk band. Can we expect the same kind of production and performance?
G: I like to bring my friends with me, especially when it’s a special show like it will be at PlayStation. NYC is my home away from home, and a lot of our artists on Lowtemp either live here, or come through here frequently. I like to have as many of our collaborators drop by the set as possible, but also we will change it up for this year’s show. You can always expect something new and different, and, as always, some surprise guests as well.
FW: New York is home. Do you feel that you bring a different kind of energy when you’re playing for the local fans?
G: As I said, I’m lucky enough to call New York my home away from home. I grew up with images and visions of NYC from American movies, and it has been a major source of inspiration for me creatively. There is always going to be something special about playing here in NYC, and in Times Square no less. I think any artist would agree with that, but for me personally, I feel like playing for the local fans here is like playing for my U.S. family.
FW: It’s the Year of the Monkey! What kinds of things do you want to accomplish over the next 11 months?
G: I think that’s lucky, monkeys are very smart creatures! They are curious animals and they have a very interesting culture, like humans, they pass information on from one generation to the next. That’s all I hope to do with my music, and with the album coming out soon, I’m looking forward to having a clear horizon for a while. One of the best feelings is moving on to the next one … whatever it may be.