Interview

Gryffin: Pursuing Gryffin Full Time

Gryffin continues to build success around his name as he releases his latest collaboration 'Feel Good' with Illenium and Daya.

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Gryffin has become one of the fastest growing artists in the dance music scene. His music is what attracts fans, the feel good Future Bass like sound. He shot to fame with a number of remixes, on the likes of Years & Years ‘King’, Bipolar Sunshine’s ‘Daydreamer’ amongst other tracks. A series of successful hit singles have followed and now the talented produced has teamed up with Daya and Illenium for ‘Feel Good’. Gryffin is certainly a name to watch over the coming months.

Hailing from New York in the United States, did the city have a real impact in persuading and influencing you to get involved within dance music?

I actually grew up in San Francisco but it was during my time living in New York that inspired me to pursue Gryffin full-time. I think living in New York had a huge impact on influencing my career. During my time there I was able to meet a lot of up and coming producers and work in and out of studios in Manhattan to really hone my productions and get better at it. Also, the energy of the city really inspired me to work hard and put my best efforts into music.

As mentioned, you became known for your remixes, such as the huge remix of ‘Kings’ by Years & Years. What made you decide to remix tracks rather than produce your own at the start?

I think at the time I was just a huge fan of all the artists I remixed. I wanted to just see if I could create my own sound and identity as a producer through other artist’s work that I admired. Then as I got more involved in music creation I wanted to do more as an artist than just remix other people’s work and begin creating my own music from scratch.

And before long, you had a hit single under your belt with ‘Heading Home’. For an artist to see one of your tracks received so well, surely this must be a real confidence and motivation booster?

Yes it was a huge confidence booster. I loved that song when I first made it, and hoped people would enjoy it, but you just never know with music how people are going to react. When I saw all the positive responses, and how much people appreciated the production and songwriting I was very happy. It certainly made me motivated to create more original content and further pursue this avenue.

Now recently, you have teamed up with Illenium and Daya for your new track ‘Feel Good’. How difficult was it to work with the two artists, in terms of working on a track by yourself?

It honestly wasn’t hard at all. Usually when working with other artists there is a bit of a process in terms of getting on the same page musically. But I’ve been such an admirer of both Daya and Illenium and they’re so talented it was pretty easy to get into a groove of what we were trying to achieve. Sometimes collaborations can be difficult but this one felt seamless.

Where did the inspiration for the track come from? And tell us a little about the studio process and procedures both you and Illenium carried out to produce the track?

Well a lot of the track was originally written by Daya and her songwriting team but it was just the vocal melody and some lyrics. At that point when I heard the early stage demo I immediately fell in love with the song and wanted to be a part of it. I began to write the chords, synths, and guitar lines and begin to arrange the track. After that, I met up with Illenium in Denver and we focused on tightening up the production and honing in a drop that we both were digging. From that point on he and I just sent the track back and forth and kept updating little things here and there until we were happy with  it. I then met up with Daya to write the bridge and extra verse lines and then just polished the track up from there.

The track itself takes on the so-called Future Bass style, was this always a sound you wanted to get involved with?

I don’t think I had always envisioned making this type of style of a track, but the tempo of the song and the energy I wanted to achieve for the song made this a natural fit. I really don’t want my music and sound to be confined to a specific genre of dance music. I just want to create music that moves you emotionally and makes you feel uplifted, whether it’s house, future bass, dancehall or whatever.

Can we expect more new tracks to arrive from Gryffin over the next while?

Definitely. I’m working hard at finishing up a few more tracks and will hopefully be able to put together an EP to be released soon!

Rounding up the interview, what do you as an artist hope to achieve over the next few years, with regards to performing in certain countries, working with other artists etc?

I would love to put out an album at some point. I hope to do some touring in Austrailia, Asia, and South America.  I do have a shortlist of artist I would love to collaborate with so hopefully some of them will one day come true.

Will Gryffin be embarking on touring schedules across the world in the next few months?

I will be doing a lot of festivals in North America this summer and will be doing several international dates but I won’t be announcing a headline tour until later this year.

Finally, is there any specific tracks which are currently standing out for you, that you yourself can’t stop listening to?

I’m currently digging Khalid’s new album a lot right now. LANY is a band that’s about to explode this year.

For more information on Gryffin:
https://www.facebook.com/gryffinofficial
https://twitter.com/gryffinofficial
https://soundcloud.com/gryffinofficial
http://gryffinofficial.com/

Gryffin.

Gryffin has become one of the fastest growing artists in the dance music scene. His music is what attracts fans, the feel good Future Bass like sound. He shot to fame with a number of remixes, on the likes of Years & Years ‘King’, Bipolar Sunshine’s ‘Daydreamer’ amongst other tracks. A series of successful hit singles have followed and now the talented produced has teamed up with Daya and Illenium for ‘Feel Good’. Gryffin is certainly a name to watch over the coming months.

Hailing from New York in the United States, did the city have a real impact in persuading and influencing you to get involved within dance music?

I actually grew up in San Francisco but it was during my time living in New York that inspired me to pursue Gryffin full-time. I think living in New York had a huge impact on influencing my career. During my time there I was able to meet a lot of up and coming producers and work in and out of studios in Manhattan to really hone my productions and get better at it. Also, the energy of the city really inspired me to work hard and put my best efforts into music.

As mentioned, you became known for your remixes, such as the huge remix of ‘Kings’ by Years & Years. What made you decide to remix tracks rather than produce your own at the start?

I think at the time I was just a huge fan of all the artists I remixed. I wanted to just see if I could create my own sound and identity as a producer through other artist’s work that I admired.

Gryffin.

Yes it was a huge confidence booster. I loved that song when I first made it, and hoped people would enjoy it, but you just never know with music how people are going to react. When I saw all the positive responses, and how much people appreciated the production and songwriting I was very happy. It certainly made me motivated to create more original content and further pursue this avenue.

Now recently, you have teamed up with Illenium and Daya for your new track ‘Feel Good’. How difficult was it to work with the two artists, in terms of working on a track by yourself?

It honestly wasn’t hard at all. Usually when working with other artists there is a bit of a process in terms of getting on the same page musically. But I’ve been such an admirer of both Daya and Illenium and they’re so talented it was pretty easy to get into a groove of what we were trying to achieve. Sometimes collaborations can be difficult but this one felt seamless.

Gryffin.

Where did the inspiration for the track come from? And tell us a little about the studio process and procedures both you and Illenium carried out to produce the track?

Well a lot of the track was originally written by Daya and her songwriting team but it was just the vocal melody and some lyrics. At that point when I heard the early stage demo I immediately fell in love with the song and wanted to be a part of it. I began to write the chords, synths, and guitar lines and begin to arrange the track. After that, I met up with Illenium in Denver and we focused on tightening up the production and honing in a drop that we both were digging. From that point on he and I just sent the track back and forth and kept updating little things here and there until we were happy with  it. I then met up with Daya to write the bridge and extra verse lines and then just polished the track up from there.

The track itself takes on the so-called Future Bass style, was this always a sound you wanted to get involved with?

I don’t think I had always envisioned making this type of style of a track, but the tempo of the song and the energy I wanted to achieve for the song made this a natural fit.

Can we expect more new tracks to arrive from Gryffin over the next while?

Gryffin.

Definitely. I’m working hard at finishing up a few more tracks and will hopefully be able to put together an EP to be released soon!

Rounding up the interview, what do you as an artist hope to achieve over the next few years, with regards to performing in certain countries, working with other artists etc?

I would love to put out an album at some point. Hopefully to do some touring in Austrailia, Asia, and South America.  I do have a shortlist of artist I would love to collaborate with so hopefully some of them will one day come true.

Will Gryffin be embarking on touring schedules across the world in the next few months?

I will be doing a lot of festivals in North America this summer and will be doing several international dates but I won’t be announcing a headline tour until later this year.

Finally, is there any specific tracks which are currently standing out for you, that you yourself can’t stop listening to?

I’m currently digging Khalid’s new album a lot right now. LANY is a band that’s about to explode this year.

For more information on Gryffin:
https://www.facebook.com/gryffinofficial
https://twitter.com/gryffinofficial
https://soundcloud.com/gryffinofficial
http://gryffinofficial.com/

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