Review: Griz @ Terminal 5 9/15
GRiZ killed the stage at Terminal 5. The sax, which I find to be GRiZ’s secret weapon makes it impossible for him to be hated on as just another “EDM” artist on the scene. Reading some interviews from GRiZ I have found out that he is not really a fan of being categorized as an “EDM” artist. One interviewer even said GRiZ played a game with him and made him take shots of liquor when they said the phrase “EDM” during the interview.
His furious and effortless use of the saxophone completely blows your average crowd of party goers away. The crowds jaws dropped when they saw what they thought was just your average “DJ” tear it up on the sax. GRiZ laid down the funkiest of tracks. I felt that a lot of the crowd was surprised and kind of split down the middle in the beginning. Those wanting to see the funky stuff enjoyed the Floozies opening, those there for the more dub enjoyed Pegboard Nerds after, and I feel like GRiZ helped in tying the knot between the two groups.
GRiZ played a ton off his new album “Rebel Era” as well as some old stuff. He even went so far back as to play his remix of Damien Marleys, Welcome To Jamrock (which was the first song I had ever heard from him). Other than his original productions, GRiZ thew in some well known old school crowd pleasers, Low Rider (War-1975) and Taquila (The Champs-1958 ) were mixed in the set keeping the funky spirit alive. His encore set featured his remix of Areosmith’s , Dream On, and the words “Put your hands up for Detroit” from Fedde Le Grands track could be herad in the mix. With GRiZ being a Detroit native it came as no surprise that he wanted to close out the night reppin his home city.
The first time I saw Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ was back in 2012 at the Lumpy Space Disco Adventure Time Themed Party. The venue for the party had been changed last minute and he performed on top of a crappy stage at Brooklyn’s Electric Warehouse. It was his first time in New York City and he was the Headliner that night. Most people in attendance had never heard anything from him before. To think of how GRiZ, in under a year, had blown up to play some of the biggest music festivals and venues across the US is mind blowing. Since seeing GRiZ in 2012, I had not seen him perform alone; he was always accompanied by Gramatik or Big Gigantic or in the case of Electric Forest Festival, he was accompanied by both (BIG GRIZMATIK). This solo show brought back a feeling of nostalgia for me, taking me back to the first time I saw him solo and really getting to see how much he has grown as an artist. If you didnt catch GRiZ at a festival this summer, he will be headlining this winters TRUE MUSIC FESTIVAL in Scottsdale, AZ this December alongside artists such as Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, and The Flaming Lips.