After the release of his fourth studio album titled “Say it Loud” which dropped in early 2015, Griz’s popularity and touring schedule hugely increased. That’s not all that has changed though. Grant Kwiecinski, stage name Griz, has continued to mold and add to his musical repertoire over the years, but especially within the past two years. The amount of wind and string instruments he uses in his music has sky rocketed, and for the better. Hardcore fans and festival goers who just happen upon his stage alike all seem to adore him for incorporating live instruments into his performances. It adds an incredible amount of energy and intimacy with for the audience that really can’t quite be honed in on without them. This coupled with the heavy wobble bass lines that Griz has always been known for create one hell of a musical artist. “Say It Loud” was a huge success in part because of this unique combination of instruments, specifically the saxophone, and filthy dubstep like production and songs such as “Funk Party” and “A Fine Way To Die” are perfect examples.
Since the release of “Say It Loud”, Griz been busy, releasing three new originals including a collaboration with Big Gigantic titled “Good Times Roll” and a remix EP for his track “For The Love”. His latest release is his new, laid back original track “Feelin’ High ft. Eric Bloom”, which has all the makings of a long time summer classic. The song begins with a few slow and mellow guitar chords, coupled with an angelic xylophone arpeggio, which instantly induces a floating sensation in the listener. A sample taken from the movie “The Interview” is used during the introduction.
– “Haters gonna hate, and ain’ters gonna ain’t…”
– “That is not an actual thing that people say.”
– “This is what you do to haters; just smile!”
The song then launches into a harmonious and delightfully funked out rhythm that consists of a sexy saxophone melody with a quiet strumming guitar and a simple drum beat. The song also features a beautiful trumpet solo from Eric Bloom. On his Soundcloud, Kwiecinski stated that the song was inspired by the early hip-hop movement and is a tribute to one of his favorite songs, “2000 Seasons” by Reflection Eternal. On a side note, Griz is well known as one of EDM’s heaviest weed smokers and promoters. The guy even has his own strain named after him, Griz OG, which can be purchased at a dispensary in Colorado. It’s no surprise then that he decided to name this song “Feelin’ High”. If his goal was to create a euphoric feeling like that of a weed high, he most certainly achieved his goal.