SF Weekly: Dude’s Name Is GRiZ
“One of the most bonkers sets in Outside Lands history occurred on the evening of the third day in 2016, when GRiZ took over the Soundstage for a short DJ set. The bass was set to the maximum, the crowd was almost ferociously riled up, and the electro-soul and “future-funk” EDM artist tore into a dizzyingly attention-deficient half-hour of power.
GRiZ remembers it well, too, telling SF Weekly that, “I was crowdsurfing, man — during the DJ set. I was going nuts. It was like, ‘Let’s have as much fun as we possibly can. I think it was like a half-hour set.’ ”
Fast-forward barely more than a year, and GRiZ has sold out two nights at Colorado’s outdoor venue Red Rocks, one of which was solo while the other featured a 12-piece live band. He’s released a mixtape called Chasing the Golden Hour 2 and a beer with Great Divide Brewing Company that riffs on their Golden Hour Ale. And his Instagram bursts with grins and messages of uplift.
The Flaming Lips famously recorded a song called “Evil Will Prevail,” but that was the mid-’90s and this is now. Even though the world is clearly falling to shit, positivity trumps Gen X anomie any day — and 27-year-old Denver DJ, saxophonist, and electronic producer Grant Kwiecinski, better known as GRiZ, continues to radiate a hazy, slightly goofy sunshine on his Good Will Continue tour, which brings him to San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14….”
Click here to see the full article.