The Rebel Era is upon us: acclaimed Detroit musician GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) has finally unleashed his new album as a gift to his fans. Following yesterday’s premiere of album single and accompanying music video for “Hard Times” via The Fader, today the record is available to GRiZ enthusiasts for free download on his newly revamped website, MyNameIsGRiZ.com, which was also unveiled today. GRiZ’s Rebel Era will be available for purchase everywhere later this month (including Beatport and iTunes).
At a mere 23 years old, Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is an amalgam of talents that go beyond a simple description. A producer, DJ, and classically-trained saxophone player, GRiZ is bending and re-shaping electronic music with his funky, sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor.
GRiZ unveiled this very personal, heartfelt statement about his forthcoming album Rebel Era:
In a time…
In a time where words and phrases like the occupy movement, personal freedom, the NSA, riots, elections, and war are on the tips of everyone’s tongues, I can feel a shift in global energy. This is a time where classism and competition is tearing a rift in society. A time where imperialist democratic capitalism is fighting its way to dominate cultures and seperate people into selfish consumers. A time where people are turning against the powers that be and are speaking out against these values. A time that is inspiring people to seek change. Its the time that we live in, an age that we created.
I wrote this record over the past year in many different states and phases. From tour busses, to bedroom studios, from green rooms full of friends and scenesters, to planes thousands of feet flying through the sky. I’ve met and worked with so many new people through the creation of this album and pushed my limits as a producer to create something challenging and dynamic. Taking every single moment that I wasn’t on stage and dedicating it to developing ideas of sound; at times, left me breathless and laid out on the floor of my room with songs on repeat – anxious thoughts melting away into space.
But thats the thing. I’ve found that music sets me free. Its up to us to use that which is most compelling and manifest a new reality. One free of apathy. A world of compassion, empathy and cooperation. A world of action and of love.
This is Rebel Era.
Get to know GRiZ and look out for show dates in your area as he is currently on the road on his biggest national headlining tour to date, with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland, Madison, Louisville, Minneapolis and more. GRiZ will also be headlining Freaky Deaky in both Chicago and Detroit later this month along with heavyweight rapper Danny Brown. See below for the full list of GRiZ tour dates.