Future-funk musician and gifted saxophonist GRiZ is excited to announce a run of European tour dates for early 2017 behind this year’s Good Will Prevail. The European dates, which come after his current U.S. tour, begin on February 1 in Milan, IT at Circolo Magnolia, and will take him through Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK before concluding on February 18 in Sélestat, FR at Les Tanzmatten. The full list of both U.S. and European tour dates can be found below.
Good Will Prevail debuted as the #2 Dance/Electronic album on the Billboard charts and #4 on their Heatseekers chart, while reaching #86 on their Top 200 album chart. The album was the #1 electronic album on iTunes upon its release, and reached #12 storewide. It was also the #1 electronic album on Amazon upon its release.
Good Will Prevail received a great deal of advance praise, from Consequence of Sound noting that “Can’t Hold Me Down (ft. Tash Neal of The London Souls)” “has everything you could possibly want from a party jam: a ridiculously catchy garage-rock riff, arena-size percussion, and a chorus that begs to be played at top volume;” Billboard praising “PS GFY (ft. Cherub)” for its “beautiful blend of bright horns, up-stroke guitar, and tons of funky bass;” and Pigeons And Planes calling “Gotta Push On (ft. Brasstracks & Eric Krasno)” a “lively single that layers jazz, funk, and soul over an electronic rhythm.”
GRiZ has been reinventing and deconstructing contemporary electronic dance music in his own image for more than half a decade, fusing elements of funk, soul, dance, electronica and hip-hop with his own lush saxmanship.
Now, with the new Good Will Prevail, the Detroit-born, Denver-based DJ, producer and saxophonist has forged his most prophetic and explorative work thus far, expertly uniting the electric with the organic on singles like “Before I Go (Ft. Leo Napier)” and the smash, “Good Times Roll (Ft. Big Gigantic),” that made it not only onto the Good Will Prevail tracklist, but also into Apple Watch‘s popular “Surprise” TV spot. GRiZ has crafted a genuinely crowd-pleasing, groundbreaking set of future funk all his own, pulling back on EDM’s expected synthetics to showcase his unique artistry’s deepest human elements.
Born Grant Kwiecinski, GRiZ grew up in thrall to nearby Detroit’s long lineage of musical innovation, spanning funk, soul, dub, rock ‘n’ roll, and electronic dance music. He began playing alto sax in elementary school, but soon expanded his personal toolkit to include creative studio manipulation and house rockin’ DJ sets. 2011 saw the release of GRiZ’s debut album, End Of The World Party, followed in 2012 by Mad Liberation and 2013’s Rebel Era, each notable for their increasingly inventive brand of high-energy future funk. Further releases include mixtapes and a series of spectacular singles – including “A Fine Way To Die (Feat. Orlando Napier)” – that all claimed the coveted #1 spot on Hype Machine’s pivotal Popular chart.
GRiZ began work on Good Will Prevail immediately upon completing his chart-topping 2015 breakthrough Say It Loud, continuing to tinker with it all the way through the Uber ride to the mastering session.
Like its predecessor – a #1 success on the iTunes Store’s “Top Electronic Albums” chart despite also being available for free download via BitTorrent – Good Will Prevail was written during a period of intense touring. GRiZ and his crew recorded on the move in studios across the country, from his Colorado bedroom to a house overlooking the Hollywood Hills, from Detroit’s famed Tempermill Studios to a patio in Northern Michigan, live onstage at Detroit’s Masonic Temple to half a dozen stops in New Orleans.
An inveterate collaborator, GRiZ is joined on Good Will Prevail by a number of stellar featured guests, including Cory Enemy, Sunsquabi, Artifakts, and Cherub. GRiZ’s insatiable passion for blues and roots music is represented by partnerships with soul shouter/pianist Leo Napier (on the fiery first single, “Before I Go“), R&B singer/guitarist Son Little (“Driftin‘”) and GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Eric Krasno (album opener “Wicked” and “Gotta Push On,” which also features Brasstracks).
Good Will Prevail is indeed fit to burst with visionary production and new-fashioned sonic approaches. Throughout the album, GRiZ focuses on the core musicality of his distinctly original line of attack, favoring complex chord patterns over the minor blues scale featured in so much modern EDM.
The multi-talented DJ/artist has proven one of the most popular live acts in recent memory, blowing away sold out houses at top venues in major markets across America as well as festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Shambhala, HARD Los Angeles, Holy Ship!!!, and Electric Zoo, Moonrise Festival, Summer Meltdown, and Dancefestopia 2016.
While his “mom’s proudest moment” is the recent debut of Native Roots and RootCellar Genetics’ spectacular GRiZ Kush cannabis strain, the man himself is markedly gratified by the continued love and effort of his fervent street team and fan community, The Liberators. For GRiZ, the interpersonal creativity and artistic interactivity which drives Good Will Prevail extends from his fellow musicians all the way out to the last rows on his ever-growing audience.
Remarkable in its range, striking in its immediacy, Good Will Prevail furthers GRiZ’s breakneck ascent to that next level, pushing the limits of his own original sound while also renovating notions of what a multi-platform, genre-blurring artist can be in the modern era. In the short term, this most contemporary of musicians intends to simply continue on his current path, expanding his musical knowledge and creative range, always forcing the funk forward. One thing is certain: GRiZ will prevail.
GRiZ tour dates:
11/17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO %
11/19 – Myth – St. Paul, MN %
11/22 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA %
11/26 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA $
12/16-17 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
12/31 – ExploreAshville.com Arena – Asheville, NC
2/1 – Circolo Magnolia – Milan, IT
2/2 – Sion – Port Franc, CH
2/3 – SAS – Delémont, CH
2/4 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
2/6 – Futurum – Prague, CZ
2/7 – Ampere – Munich, DE
2/8 – Molotow – Hamburg, DE
2/9 – Lido – Berlin, DE
2/11 – Club Banhof – Cologne, DE
2/15 – Trabendo – Paris, FR
2/16 – Heaven – London, UK
2/17 – Generiq Festival – Besançon, FR
2/18 – Les Tanzmatten – Sélestat, FR
% – w/Brasstracks
$ – w/Lettuce and more TBAGR