Chart-topping DJ and producer Gramatik (formerly of the Pretty Lights Music label) is adding another project to his plate, a new label simply called Lowtemp. Launching today, the imprint will focus primarily on the artist’s own music as well as his friend’s releases, and in the future may recruit new artists. Gramatik states “The label name Lowtemp is an abbreviation for low temperature, which implies that the label is putting out ”cool” music. :)”
After a long and fruitful time with Pretty Lights, Gramatik states that “I’m launching my own label because that is something I always wanted to do and I think it’s something that every artist eventually wants, to be fully independent and have complete creative and executive control of their own artistry. It’s a natural step forward. Pretty Lights Music is family for life, but the time has come for me to do my own thing.” Gramatik thanks Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) for helping him reach his goal faster.
Original Artwork by Anze Koron
In celebration of the Lowtemp launch, Gramatik is gracing our ears with a brand-new single “Bluestep”, a signature Gramatik genre clash. The cut combines the vibes of raw 50’s and 60’s Blues with all kinds of EDM genres – the result is what he refers to as “Bluestep”. It’s a dynamic mixture of Blues and Dubstep, a plethora of screaming guitar, howling vocals and big bass, capturing the raw energies of both music worlds in a cohesive, yet outrageous picture.
“Bluestep” is the first take off Gramatik’s upcoming full-length album,The Age of Reason, due out this spring on Lowtemp. Gramatik elaborates on the epic title, which was “inspired by a stand-up segment by comedian George Carlin. He made a joke on the fact that he was Catholic until he reached the age of reason. I also firmly believe that there comes a time in a human life when you reach the so-called ‘age of reason’ and realize that there are so many irrational beliefs, shameless contradictions and illogical restrictions inflicted upon society. Some people reach it sooner, others later, but a majority unfortunately never do. [Through my music] I’d like to guide more people to reach the age of reason sooner. Maybe. Or, hopefully at least unite the ones that feel the same way.”
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “BLUESTEP” HERE
Gramatik also drops his new video for “Bluestep” which features highlights from his recent tour with the worldwide King of Wobble, Bassnectar. The clip includes footage from Gramatik’s performances in the US, Canada, Russia, Belgium & Austria. The debut of his mesmerizing Tesla Coil stage installation is also documented in the video.
The Coil was unveiled at Gramatik’s sold-out headlining show at the The Fillmore in Colorado this past November. This stage/light design was inspired by inventor Nikola Tesla, who Gramatik holds in high regard. The Tesla Coil, one of his most famous inventions, had always fascinated Gramatik so he wanted his stage design to be inspired by it, portraying its electrifying magnificence in an abstract, theatrical fashion. The Coil adds a whole new dimension and will captivate the imagination and ignite the audience energy at Gramatik performances to come.
Age of reason or reason enough, the revolution begins now.
“[Gramatik] also retained a nonchalance in his music – call it a laid back, down to earth spirit that creates a mellow atmosphere for the beats to orbit around. Chilled out trip-hop that flirts with all elements of music, from rhythm and blues to jazz, Gramatik stays true to a soulful hip-hop teasing you with playful guitar work and good-time instrumental loops.”
– Performer Magazine
“Gramatik is known for lush, big beats that don’t come near the pop-house or “dubstep” tunes dominating today’s dance music community. Instead, the Slovenian-born producer focuses on rhythms and arrangements that incorporate the best parts of countless genres — house, breakbeat, techno, electro, blues, jazz, soul, funk, drum ‘n’ bass — and tosses them together in a thoughtful blend that’s perhaps only rivaled by his label boss, Pretty Lights.”
– Huffington Post
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Feb 14 Sapphire Nightclub w/Funkanomics Kelowna,Canada
Feb 15 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, Canada
Feb 16 Electric Owl Vancouver, Canada
Feb 23 The Riviera Chicago, IL
Mar 8 Public Works San Francisco, CA
Mar 9 Caras Park Pavilion Missoula, MT
Mar 10 Grizmatik at Snowball Music Festival Winter Park, CO
Mar 14 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia
Mar 15 Brown Alley Melbourne, Australia
Mar 20 Bennu Dundein, New Zealand
Mar 22 San Francisco Bath House Wellington, Australia
Mar 23 420 K’rd Auckland, New Zealand
Gramatik has always been an early adopter. It began at the age of 3, when his mother would catch him glued to the radio in his older sister’s room, checking out the cassette tapes with American funk, jazz, soul and blues. He started making his first beats on an early PC by the time he was 13, and soon the kid from Portoroz, Slovenia figured out how to harvest the power of free file sharing to build a following throughout the US & Europe. Tracks spread, hype grew, tours followed, and before long his digital persona forged the initial inroads into the US market, landing him both a label and an agency.
Gramatik landed on US soil as a fully formed artist who knows how to do things his way. He signed to a label, Pretty Lights Music, that gives all of its music away for free, which went hand in hand with his own philosophy about ”freeing music by making music free”. Soon after, he scooped up his hometown crew and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Alongside Gramatik, the multimedia collective known as Dream Big features guitarist and producer F.A.Q, video director and filmmaker Anze Koron and graphic and web designer Martin Kenjic, with whom he has been friends since they were kids, sitting in a small town on the Adriatic coast, dreaming of breaking out into the wide world beyond. Now’s the time.
Of his record #digitalfreedom Gramatik says, “My new EP bares the title #digitalfreedom. As an artist that based his entire career on the platform of free file sharing, I’m dedicating it to the fight against severe internet censorship bills we’ve been hearing about so much in the past months. Bastards have been trying to cripple the internet on a global scale with bills like ACTA/SOPA/PIPA and I’m sure there’s more of them coming, so this one goes out for spreading awareness! Reject them all, they will never stop the sharing, the Internet is our realm, DIGITAL FREEDOM!”
With over 100,000 tracks sold on Beatport.com, topping all kinds of genre charts, Gramatik has clearly matured into a world-class producer. He earned nominations for “Best Chill Out Artist” and “Best Chill Out Track” at the 2010 and 3 best track awards at the 2012 Beatport Music Awards. More recently, after posting a clever remix of Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, he shot to number 1 on HypeMachine.
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