Skyrocketing music producer in the electronic music circuit, GRiZ, has surprised his fans once again with his spontaneous “MY FRIENDS AND I DECIDED TO COME TO YOUR CITY AND PLAY SOME SUPER RAD SMALL SHOWS WHILE I WRITE MY NEXT ALBUM" 2016 Spring Tour. Announced just a few days ago with limited pre-sale tickets, GRiZ has managed to sell out all 10 of the shows on this mini-tour in a matter of minutes. In order to keep the integrity of the spontaneity of it, GRiZ and his team decided to cut out scalpers trying to getting their hands on these precious tickets. He issued a note on the ticket site reading: “No physical tickets will be issued for this show. To enter the venue you must have the credit card used to make this purchase and a photo ID to match. No refunds or exchanges will be issued. Two ticket maximum.” It seems as though that in preparation for his new album, he wanted to put on a tour to really enhance the intimacy of what this next album is all about, as he claimed it as “…by and large my best work yet…”.
The dates include four shows in Colorado (Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder, and Aspen), two in Detroit (one DJ set), two in Los Angeles and two in New York within the span of one month. These shows were intended to be held at small venues to connect more fully with he and his friends’ (whoever they may be, they have yet to be announced) most devout fans and to have a comfortable, fun, funky avenue to show off what he’s been up to. In a letter to his fan group, endearingly named GRiZ Fam, he explained that this ‘tour’ wasn’t approved initially by his management team, but he felt that he owed it to his fans and to himself to “create an outlet for myself to quell the creative storms” he had building up inside him during his latest and crazy year between the festival circuit and his “Say it Loud” tour. However, what he also mentioned was that to maintain the sense that these shows are supposed to be for the fun of it - not work and not a typical GRiZ tour with full production. That being said, he is asking the lucky ticket-holders to refrain from recording, both audio and visual, on Snapchat or whatever other means so that this can really just be a party with all of the All Good Records friends and fans. To give those left out a metaphorical hug, he assured everyone that the tour they have set up for the fall is basically going to be the bee’s knees, with a new production, new album(s), and plenty of tickets to go around.
If you just can’t stand the thought of waiting until the fall tour, bear in mind GRiZ has already been announced on both national and international festival lineups such as BUKU Music & Art Project, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Mysteryland, EUPHORIA, Bonnaroo, and Rabbits Eat Lettuce (Australia), with many more to be announced. Although seeing his set at a festival and catching his own headlining act are different experiences, this dude brings so much energy into every set, and it’s always sure to be a dance party to say the least. It’s truly amazing to hear that he rarely has much downtime between shows and still manages to have a new album (or two) out every year. GRiZ and his team consistently work to make each show memorable, from live production, to guest appearances, and specifically the sax-slingin’. So whether you catch him on this round, during your own festival tour this season, or just hold out until fall, you can guarantee that it will be the best show you’ve seen of him yet. But for now, we’ll just be following his MySpace and Friendster, crossing our fingers for this new album to drop to fill our dose of funkedelic electro soul.
Written By: Jaelyn Kohl