What The Funk? Spring Awakening Music Festival Artist Spotlight: Gramatik

Names: Gramatik, The Gram Addict, Denis Jasarevicspring-awakening-festival-2013-full
Born: October 19, 1984 | Portorož, Slovenia
Label: Lowtemp, Pretty Lights Music
Genres: All kinds, Electro Soul, Gramadance, Hip-Hop, Who needs a genre, We hate genres, Gr4mTech, IniTech
SAMF Time: Saturday, June 16 | 5:30 – 6:30 | Da Equinox Stage 2

There’s a lot of things that are better said than done. Like homework, or cleaning your room. Like getting up in the morning to start the coffee maker. Or cleaning coffee stains off your homework. Sometimes you have to stop saying you’ll do things, and take some advice from Nike or your peer-pressuring friend, and just do it. 

Underneath all of this sarcasm, my message is simple: go see Gramatik at Spring Awakening Music Festival.

The innovative, stubborn sensation from Portoroz, Slovenia began making beats on an early PC by the time he was 13. Long story short: boy meets music, and boy signs record label. Except this wasn’t any run-of-the-mill music signing. The digital liberator bears one simple philosophy – freeing music by making music free. Joining Pretty Lights Music went hand in hand with his motto, as the label gives all of its music away for zilch.

This maestro of electro funk takes life just one drag at a time. When he’s not rolling up the funky stuff, he’s selling over 100,000 tracks on Beatport.com. But what makes this jazzy, blues-adoring, hip-hop saluting, and bass-thrilling producer really unique is his middle finger to ‘genres’.

One of his career highlights is without question the recent success in collaborating with Detroit-native, Griz. Although the duo has only released two tracks together (one is a darn preview) – Grizmatik has produced simply brilliant music, and the day these two pair up for a full EP would be a beautiful day. If you were a fan of Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Anywho, Gramatik’s tracks are soulful, spirited, and the perfect soundtrack to a roaring 20’s-rave themed dinner party. Take it from us, there’s no better way to kick back than with Gramatik. Don’t miss his set on Saturday at Spring Awakening Music Festival (sorry AN21 & Max Vangeli, Felix Da Housecat, and David S). It’ll be one to remember.

And for your audio entertainment this evening, here are my favorites – courtesy of Gramatik.


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