Article by: Tori Ciardiello
The first time Grant Kwiecinski, AKA GRiZ toured in New York he was opening for Bassnectar at Terminal 5, now a year later he has returned to Terminal 5 on his own tour with thousands of fans there to see him. After touring with Bassnectar, GRiZ was certainly put on the map in the electronic music industry, not only because he is a talented producer but because he played music that a lot of people never associated with electronic dance music, the sweet sounds of his saxophone. GRiZ incorporates his instrumental talent for the saxophone with the sounds of glitch hop, future funk, electro-soul, and dubstep, which is a style of music that many fans were never exposed to. GRiZ had his fans hooked, so it wasn’t surprising when he went on his first headlining tour just last April for his Mad Liberation album. Now GRiZ is back in full swing for his fall tour and a brand new album, Rebel Era.
The Floozies, who were recently signed to GRiZ’s record label, Liberated Music, started off the night at Terminal 5. Matt and Mark Hill, brothers from Lawrence, Kansas, put on a live performance that the crowd could not help but to get down to. With Matt Hill playing guitar and producing, and Mark Hill on the drums, the duo threw down a funky, energetic set with songs from their new album “Tell Your Mother”.
Next up came the Nerds, Alexander Odden & Michael Parsberg. After meeting in 2005 and doing various remixes and production for established artists, they decided to create Pegboard Nerds and after seeing this show, I am so glad they did. Their endless energy was radiating off of them and projecting onto the crowd, on all three levels of Terminal 5. Their set was a compilation of new and old songs, with elements of electro, dubstep, and glitch hop that kept the crowd going throughout their entire set.
Then it was finally GRiZ’s turn to get the funk down. As soon as GRiZ got on stage you could feel the anticipation from the crowd, everyone was ready to hear Rebel Era, live. But what the crowd didn’t expect was how many remixes and surprises we got from GRiZ, and what an experience it was. Griz opened up with Gettin’ Live from the Rebel Era album, followed by DTW to DIA. These fresh, new songs definitely got the crowd moving, but the sax solo that came after really showed just how talented GRiZ is. As awesome as the new album is, GRiZ fans definitely wanted to hear some of his older tunes, and GRiZ did not disappoint when he dropped Grizmatik songs Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom and My People. But it didn’t stop there, GRiZ threw in remixes of Flux Pavilion’s Gold Dust, the old, famous song Shout!, and even a mash up of Snoop Dogg’s Next Episode with Opiuo’s Robo Booty. Once this diverse and crazy set was over and GRiZ concluded his set, the crowd began to chant “One More Song!” and GRiZ appeared once again. The encore included his remix of Aerosmith’s Dream On, The Champs’ Tequila into Doctor P’s Love Goes Down, followed by his final song Too Young For Tragedy Pt. II.
The variety of songs, genres, and feeling in every aspect of this show was absolutely incredible. From funk to electro to dubstep, you were always caught by surprise as to what was going to come out of those speakers next, but the crowd never failed to keep up, they just kept dancing! And by the end of the show GRiZ, The Floozies, and Pegboard Nerds created a party and experience that no one wanted to end.