GRYFFIN Talks Festival Tours and Sleep Patterns
Dan Griffith aka GRYFFIN is a multi-instrumentalist who puts on an electronic experience. His energy on stage proves that he loves what he creates, he was born to entertain. We sat down with GRYFFIN as he kicked off his summer festival tour at Electric Forest last month, one of the lucky festivals to see him play a live set. Even though he was a little tired, he still gave us a lot of awesome intel on what makes him a unique electronic artist on the map today.
First time at the Forest?
Dan: First time at the Forest, this place is really dope.
Are you going to leave right after your set or are you going to check out the festival a little bit?
Dan: I think I’m going to hang out, I’ve got a 10AM flight tomorrow, which is actually early compared to this entire weekend. I’ve been having 4:30AM call times, then another 4:30 and a 5:30 so tomorrow my 7:30 call time is like sleeping in, so I think I’ll hang out. Plus I’ve got a bunch of buddies here that are playing today, too.
Who are your friends?
Dan: Louis the Child, Freddie, and Nick who manages GRiZ and that whole crew tonight, so I’m looking forward to that set. The industry is so small, you don’t realize it. Suddenly it’s like “Wait, you’re here tonight?! Awesome!” So it should be going tonight.
I see that you were classically trained in music. What pushed you into the music that you currently make?
Dan: I think it was when I went to school I just got really into dance music. I’d always been more into rock, really, my cousin was in a rock group growing up in Orange County. I was always into music, but it wasn’t until I got into school that I really got into dance music. I downloaded Ableton and started messing around and after a few years of tinkering around I realized I started sounding kind of decent. So I thought to put some music out and see what happens, and this is sort of how the journey started.
You had a single that just blew up. Do you feel like you’re working backwards at this point, from having a hit single right off the bat?
Dan: Yeah, I mean it’s been awesome. I had that song for about a year actually before I put it out. I was so excited to release it and when it came out I was so pumped. I just want to keep the momentum going, really. I’ve been working really hard on some new singles right now, I’m going to put out a new EP at the end of this summer. Between touring and making this EP it’s been consuming me, but it’s excited. I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of the new music.
Do you think it’s more pressure to come out with something that’s just as popular as what is out now?
Dan: Yeah, I feel a little bit of pressure, but it’s good to feel that at the same time. I’m excited for the challenge, but at the end of the day I want to put out music that I really enjoy. I’m at that point in the EP where I feel really comfortable and confident about the music. So, if it doesn’t react as well that’s just – you never know what people are going to think of music. That’s the beauty of it, but I’m really happy we’ll just have to see what happens.
Do you get pressure from your label or higher ups to be a certain way based on what you’ve already done?
Dan: I mean kind of, but they also know that if they push me too much then I’ll pull back and say that this isn’t what I want. I kind of have a specific vision on the sound and what I want to do. So, I just want to translate that to make better music but I want to keep my core statement.
Do you have any major influences for your vision?
Dan: It’s kind of a combination of so much music, really. I use a lot of piano and guitar and that comes from my earlier days of listening to rock and classic rock. I used to listen to pop when I was younger. Now more recently I first got into dance music with the big room guys like Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris, then started listening to deeper house-ier type stuff like Duke Dumont and Disclosure when they were coming up. Even Kygo, who is an enormous riser with his chill vibe. It’s kind of a fusion of everything is what I want to bring to the table.
What would be your “Ok, I can die now” moment as an artist?
Dan: Wow, that’s tough. I would love to put out a few albums, that’s definitely where I want to go. I love remixing and I want to keep doing it but I want to focus on my own work and just be known as an artist who has really good original music. Winning a Grammy would probably be up there. That would be a moment I could have forever.
What are you most excited for the rest of the summer?
Dan: Working on my EP. I’m also playing a ton of festivals, I’m really excited for the set tonight. I’ve got 10 more dates for the rest of the summer but I’m looking forward to some down time making these records.
When is it coming out?
Dan: I’m hoping at the end of the summer, as long I’ve got clearance with all the other artists. I know they’ve got their own agendas and schedules and getting the productions where I’m really proud of them…it’s getting close so I’m looking forward to it.
Do you have a favorite collaboration on the EP?
Dan: Yes…but unfortunately I can’t announce that right now.
Damn. How many tracks?
Dan: I’m putting “Heading Home” on it, but it’s going to be 5 new tracks. So 6 track EP, maybe a few more if some of my demos develop, still feeling things out.
When do you think you’re going to put out a full length album?
Dan: Next year, it’s going to be a while. It takes me a while, I really have a high standard for the music that I put out and I have to feel really good about it. I’m not going to put something out just because I haven’t put something out in a while. That’s not how I work, I really have to like it, so it kind of takes me a while to work on new music. But, we’ll see. I would love to put one out next year, it’s a little ambitious, but we’ll see how everything works out.
We hope so, too. Thank you so much for talking with me!