You should all know who Gryffin is by now. He’s a producer and DJ from Los Angeles who creates dance-led indietronica.
We caught up with Gryffin to talk music, old and new.
Hey Gryffin, how are you? I’m doing very well! Super excited about the release of the new single and am currently working hard on new music and preparing my new live show for the upcoming festival season.
Describe your sound in three words. Uplifting, emotional, empowering.
You put together a playlist for us a while back. Have your musical taste changed in any way since then? I don’t know if they’ve changed particularly but there’s always new music that’s coming out that I admire!
What was it like working with Josef Salvat? That was an incredible experience. I had been a huge fan of him since I first heard “Open Season” so I was very excited for the opportunity to work with him. He’s a very cool guy and is super talented so it made my life a lot easier.
Are there any plans to tour the UK? I was just there! Spent almost 2 weeks out there touring throughout the U.K. with Sigala which was so awesome. I had never been to any places in the U.K. besides London so it was a great experience getting to travel to different places and meeting people there. Hopefully I will come back soon!
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to? I’m currently really into the Khalid album and am really digging LANY at the moment.
You can listen to Gryffin‘s new track with Illenium below.
Sounds like: Thomas Jack, Goldroom, Bipolar Sunshine
Much like a symbol of love itself, the song starts with gentle vocals and a light percussion, building into a stronger chorus and something more powerful.
Inspired by the setting of Romeo & Juliet, Lostboycrow says the track represents “the meeting place of desire, where any star that shines or sun that sets must only be for two. And the very obstacles ahead say there is everything to prove. Love is an adventure, running blindly in it’s youth.”
Time for some sumptuous indie from a boy duo called joan (aka Thomas and Steven Rutherford).
Their debut track, ‘take me on’, is a strong contender in the current musical field of pop. Potential BFFs to Shura, ‘take me on’ echoes of retro synths, sending us back to a time where anything was possible.
Co-produced and mixed by Tim Pagnotta (Walk the Moon, St. Lucia, WildBelle, SaintMotel), ‘take me on’ is “about spending tonight and forever with the one you love.”
Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok
Devastating pop trio, LANY, have cheered us right up with the new video for ‘ILYSB’ (I love you so bad), probably our favourite LANY song to date.
Speaking of the video, lead singer, Paul Klein, says, “I turned ‘ILYSB’ into a tragedy of unhealthy obsession and unrequited love that ultimately led to psychotic behavior and total derailment.” We’ve all been there, Paul.
LANY create new wave electronica with heart melting lyrics and pop riffs, and you can catch them at one of their shows below.
Feb 28th Sydney, Oxford Art Factory
Mar 1st Melbourne, Howler
Mar 4th Manilla, Wanderland Festival
Mar 6th Birmingham, O2 Institute
Mar 7th Manchester, Gorilla
Mar 8th London, KOKO
Mar 10th Brussels, AB Club
Mar 11th Cologne, Artheater
Mar 12th Utrecht, Tivoli Vrendenburg – Pandora
Mar 13th Amsterdam, Melkweg (Old Hall)
Mar 15th Copenhagen, Vega Small Hall
Mar 16th Stockholm, Kagelbanan
Mar 17th Oslo, Parkteatret
Mar 19th Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
Mar 20th Berlin, Privatclub
Mar 21st Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
Mar 23rd Milan, Tunnel Club
Mar 24th Zurich, Exil
Mar 25th Paris, Nouveau Casino
Sounds like: Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Brotherun, Goldroom, Scavenger Hunt, Still Corners, Paperwhite, Pawws, Sykes, Washed Out, New Navy, X Priest X, Roosevelt, Great Good Fine Ok, Lostboycrow, MOTHXR, X Ambassadors, Halsey, Tove Stryke, Twin Shadow
Phantom Runners is the moniker of pop producer ADAL (aka Adam Al-Hilali).
Forged through a love of R&B, pop and 80’s music, Phantom Runners are embarking on a journey of collaboration. Working on an album featuring several vocalists, the initial track is the aptly named ‘First Time’, featuring Brooke Bailey.
“‘First Time’ is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush,” explains ADAL.
Co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), ‘First Time’ is three minutes of scintillating 80’s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting retro synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.
24th July – Sofar Sounds, London
9th July – Lee Fest, Kent
27th August – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
1st October – Southsea Fest, Portsmouth
Sounds like: Blood Orange, Futurecop!, Years & Years, Caribou, Sky Ferreira, Solange, LANY
Toronto band BLAJK, return with ‘Lethal’, another well put together offering from the four piece.
Of the track, the band say,
“Lethal is a song about a tarnished yet lustful relationship that has kept you going back and forth over time. Constantly yearning for the person while fully aware that reconnecting only leads to trouble and unhappiness. It’s about indulging in the guilty pleasure that is this person and living with the consequences.”
Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners, KAPTAN