[Editorial] Mysteryland USA Artist Spotlight: GRiZ – Vinyl Lover, People Hugger


Grant Kwiecinski, better known as GRiZ, is a self proclaimed lover of vinyl and hugger of peoples (source: facebook). GRiZ is probably slightly better known for his musical talents, particularly his predisposition to electro funk, deep vibes, and sexy saxophone. Following the conclusion of his Say it Loud World Tour, GRiZ has scheduled a journey into the sacred festival grounds of Mysteryland USA.

GRiZ is one of 2015’s most significant addition’s to The Boat stage; which Mysteryland’s website claims has been dubbed “The Best Bass Stage In The History Of Festivals”, per artists and media. Last year’s headliners included Big Gigantic, Zomboy, Dirty Phonics, Dillstradamus (Dillon Francis x Flosstradamus), Chase & Status, and GLADPVCK (Gladiator x LOUDPVCK). This year’s Boat will host Gramatik, Beats Antique, Bro Safari, ILOVEMAKONNEN, TJR, Doctor P, GRiZ, and many more.


The 24-year-old from the suburbs of Detroit first gained popularity in 2011 when he released his debut album, End of the World Party, for free. He’s dropped 3 albums since, most recently, Say It Loud, released in March, 2015. GRiZ has carved out a niche for himself among an ever-growing world of live dance music. His most recent accomplishment was the marketing of his own personal strain of weed; Griz KushIf you know GRiZ, I probably don’t need to convince you that he’s a must-see at Mysteryland USA. If you aren’t familiar with this tastemaker; take a chance – fall in love with a new sound.

Before playing a 2013 event at The Rave in Milwaukee, GRiZ went on record with his music modality; an explanation of why he chooses to give away his music for free:

“It’s the easiest way to get music into someone’s ears and into their computer, faster. You don’t have to go through any bartering, of ‘here’s my credit card number’… How can I sit here and put hours into something and then charge you for this intangible object. You can’t buy pride or honor. You can’t buy trust. MP3 is just bits of data floating through space. It’s not real. The emotion is real, and I’m not going to sell you the emotion – I’m not a theme park, I’m an artist, and this is art.”