GRiZ Drops Vibrant seventh Album & Talks All Issues ‘Rainbow Mind’ [LISTEN + INTERVIEW]


In the present day, we make a journey contained in the dynamic and sensible thoughts of DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist GRiZ as he presents his seventh studio album Rainbow Mind in its full, illustrious kind.

From begin to end, GRiZ’s Rainbow Mind is laced with lovely intention as a undertaking that feels probably the most radically genuine to his personal path as an artist. Extra than simply songs, or collectively, an album — these are audible experiences which have outlined GRiZ as a trailblazer in digital dance music, in addition to a constructive power of fine.

Current singles “Astro Funk,” “Vibe Check,” “Tie-Dye Sky” and title monitor “Rainbow Brain” are becoming a member of the celebration, however there’s a lot extra to discover. For optimum outcomes, play out the continual combine and let your creativeness run wild. Might the album’s fluorescent soundscapes that defy house and time be your solely information.

Within the unique interview under, Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ will get actual with us on each stage, discussing all issues Rainbow Mind, together with musical influences, psychedelic experiences, upcoming shows and extra. It’s not all butterflies and rainbows, nevertheless, as he additionally touches on the struggles of lockdown, lacking human connection, the lesson of letting go and permitting issues to be completely imperfect.

Hear right here and scroll right down to learn what GRiZ has to say!

GRiZ – Rainbow Mind


Before everything… Popping out of over a 12 months in lockdown, how does it really feel to be again? 

It’s so candy! It’s just a little bit nerve-wracking developing on taking part in a few of our marquee occasions and issues that now we have deliberate. Like, that is the shit we’re getting again into — these are the GRiZ occasions we wish to inform you about, promote, and have you ever come see…

As a result of, in my head I’m such a perfectionist and one factor I’m going to maintain telling myself that may be a lesson… Classes for me, they’re by no means totally realized. It’s simply observe. And the observe for me is: It’s going to be what it’s and it’s going to be completely imperfect. Then my organizational mind is like, “Okay, cool! Let’s guarantee that we get every part so good and the music is so good and on level.” All that form of stuff. 

So, it’s truly been a tremendous course of. Superb in a way of not at all times good, however it has caught me in amazement. Is {that a} phrase? No matter. Let’s go together with it! The lesson of letting go has been the deepest and most course setting lesson for the pandemic. 

Then, going again into taking part in exhibits, it’s like — let’s continue to learn and simply let go into the expertise of the world. Which is, we’re going to play our music and it’s going to be a beautiful affair as a result of it was constructed from love and eager to have a beautiful night of music for everyone. The celebration of sunshine, getting again into it. Then, my coronary heart will get in align with the intentionality behind it after which issues get actually, actually candy. So, that’s the place I’m at at present. 

How has your artistic course of shifted over the course of quarantine and has the intention of the GRiZ undertaking modified in any respect? 

Positively. I believe it retains swirling and I’m realizing increasingly more that I’m a chameleon of my very own artistic ambition, as a result of it’s so dynamic. To place myself inside of those guidelines that I form of put myself in over my total profession — and at all times attempt to break exterior of these guidelines — however, “What does this factor must be for myself? For different folks?”

The artistic course of has actually taken me on a journey exterior of these issues. Breaking exterior of this horrible field that I energetically and emotionally put myself in after I’m sitting down and creating — like, “What does this must be?” It doesn’t actually must be something apart from the expression of the journey. 

So, in the course of the time of the pandemic… Wow, it began off feeling like this lovely, enjoyable sleepover factor. We’re all consuming wine each evening and having enjoyable, pillow forts, watching motion pictures and memes and shit. You recognize? Then, it’s like “Rattling, I’m shedding the sense of my life’s function,” which on the time was to operate within the house of dwell efficiency and throwing events mainly with folks and these celebrations of life. And coursing away from that was so miserable. Shedding that essence of being with folks. We’re actually being remoted and shedding that connection to one another. 

So writing music throughout that point actually got here in a stupendous house of — Alright, let me let go, into this sense with abandon and create music that’s giving me the vitality that I really want. Which is, I have to throw my very own private dance events within the studio on the each day to maintain my sanity! So, that’s the motivation proper now for the undertaking, is to make the most of this house as a type of non secular satisfaction. It’s not that it hasn’t at all times been so in keeping with that, however it has undoubtedly been a life saver. I’m so excited to be inside the situation of eager to carry folks collectively. That’s the huge factor — cultivating tradition and letting folks arrange and dwell their tradition by the GRiZ house the best way they wish to try this. Giving it 100%. Let’s do that proper and set this house up so folks can categorical themselves and create tradition collectively once more! 

You’ve clearly stayed busy making tons of recent music… Are you able to describe how Rainbow Mind got here along with its title and idea? That second when you already know it’s taking place…

I took a pandemic journey to Chicago. Pandemic journey… Shit! And that’s the place we wrote the title monitor with ProbCause and Chrishira [Perrier] and I used to be like — “Rattling, this factor is admittedly about us as pals,” being the creators.

I maintain my pals so dearly in my artistic house as a result of I simply actually fuck with artistic folks. And I can undoubtedly embrace you on this, Karlie — the writers, the folks which might be manifesting and making and creating. Creation to me shouldn’t be so one dimensional, prefer it’s a musician or no matter. It’s any individual making one thing. That’s an thought. These are phrases. I really like the phrases and spelling — and spelling is like casting spells in the best way that you just create phrases and dialogue actually is like magic. Manifestors, creators, I gotta embrace and shouts out to that!

Additionally, as us as writers inside a music and being magicians in that house… The thought of magic and what’s magic and that mud of psychedelia intertwined. That was when it actually began feeling like issues had been coming collectively. I used to be form of creating into this void of — “Let’s make some dance music that’s fucking superior, as a result of I’m feeling like shit and I simply wish to really feel dope about myself! So I’m gonna write a bunch of dance music that feels actually good to me and is motivating me to fucking not lose my thoughts!” There was a degree the place that magic was beginning to coalesce into this listing of a narrative, of a e book of spells inside my pc. Like, “Rattling, alright cool! Now we have a physique of labor right here.” Now, how does this coalesce additional, manifest, right into a narrative or a narrative or a set of sounds, spells, that we wish to share with folks. That was the epithets of it, going to Chicago and being with ProbCause and Chrishira. Simply connecting with folks once more was — “That’s it! That’s the one!”

Because you talked about psychedelics… Have you ever had a brilliant prolific journey whereas on psychedelics that has guided you in your music? 

Yeah, one of the vital profound experiences that I’ve had… Now I’m connecting the dots… Was in Chicago on my pal’s rooftop with my different buddy Freddy Todd. We began making music in the very same time and place — that’s an extended story for a special time! He’s one in all my closest music pals and likewise simply pals on the whole… We had been in a band collectively in highschool and shit… Center faculty even. And he had simply completed his album referred to as Neon Spectacle Operator — which, I don’t know the way he comes up with these titles however I’m so fucking jazzed and impressed by his artistic mind. There are only a few on this planet like his! 

And there was an expertise the place I actually felt tremendous at peace with the idea of separating my energetic soul from my bodily physique and astral projected out of my physique, watched myself go away, and was projected into some kind of extraplanar house aircraft the place I used to be standing on the fringe of this grid right into a sundown of infinity watching the cosmos drift by. And this inexperienced alien wrapped me up — I might say alien, however not within the conventional sense of it was like Alien vs. Predator alien — however a non-human kind, swaddled me basically and let me know that every part was okay. I had by no means felt extra in tune with my non secular energetic self. Understanding that this separation between spirit and human physique — the inevitable separation which I believe manifests itself within the type of what we name demise, or the best way that I personally perceive it, a passage past human bodily kind… I’ve by no means felt extra pleased with that. 

My psychedelic journey has continued to blossom since then. Plenty of this document was created all through the pandemic whereas having fun with and happening journeys with psychedelics and experiencing. Additionally, occasions of deep sobriety, as a result of I wanted a break from all of the consuming that I wrecked my mind with in the beginning of the pandemic, which undoubtedly led to a deep melancholy. Spending time additionally being sober and persevering with my meditation practices and getting actually deep into that connection. 

Plenty of this music was impressed and continues to be impressed by these areas. The best way that the album artwork was created was a course of a number of the imagery that got here to me from that have in Chicago. So, Chicago appears to be just a little little bit of an vitality vortex for this album and for me on the whole.  

That’s superior! Shifting into musical influences for the album… It feels like a number of old skool dubstep… 

One of many tracks on the album is named “548 Mac Ave,” and I didn’t actually know the way I needed to inform this a part of the story. It appeared like a form of tongue in cheek method to do it, however that’s the deal with of this place referred to as the Monty Home. That’s a co-op at Michigan State College the place I went to varsity for 3 years. Then, finally, I graduated within the very Kanye manner… Uhhh… I made a decision I used to be completed. [laughs] And I went out to Boulder, Colorado to solely pursue my dream and do music. However that place holds a number of the inception of the narrative of me falling in love with DJism and dwell music efficiency. At the moment, all of the music I used to be taking part in was Flux Pavilion, Physician P, Rusko — and Skream, Benga, Coki. 

That early dubstep sound — it did this magical factor for me, the place in highschool I used to be listening to Crime Mob, Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Paul Wall, after which the West Coast hip hop, so a bunch of Jurassic 5 and A Tribe Referred to as Quest. However there was this actually deep connection to Soiled South bass, sub music. I used to be actually related to that as a result of we might rock round in our pals’ automobiles and they might have subwoofers that may bump and blast in 808s. I’d have the ability to hear in first interval when my pal had been late to class as a result of I may hear them roll up with the subs of their automobiles simply shaking the fucking — Ya know? My first hour was proper subsequent to the car parking zone so you can hear it. I’d be like, “Oh, that’s my buddy Trent or my buddy Bo pulling as much as faculty — Hey!” [laughs] It was such a visceral, I don’t know… It fucked me up!

The cool connection right here was that I lastly, at the moment of listening to this dubstep sound, this bass music sound — I used to be like, “Rattling, this sound is a trippy model possibly, or a dance model rooted inside reggae dub roots,” and I felt so related to that! Like, this actually feels prefer it’s for me! This feels so new and undiscovered. I bear in mind exhibiting a few of my pals what dubstep was in the beginning, they usually had been like, “Rattling, that is terrible.” I used to be like, “I adore it!” And there was this connection of spirituality between the beats and the bass and the rhythms of the synth tones within the bass and the best way the sub would work together that felt lots like rapping, instrumentally over this beat. I used to be like, “Rattling! That’s so fucking sick!” And I’m completely simply dissolving into this sound. There are slight homages to that inside the creation of this document. This sound is so fucking badass to me and that was giving me a very good vibe! 

Are you able to share a number of the variations, creatively, between Rainbow Mind and your different albums? As an example, you’ve the continual combine… I’m a sucker for these! It’s the little particulars that make it actually particular! 

Yeah, there are some actually cool particulars. There’s this interlude referred to as the “R O Y G B i V interlude” and the bells in it, there’s this arp — and that’s a pattern of Studying Rainbow. 


Yeahhhhh! After which, inside that, all of the vocals are additionally sampled from an episode of Invoice Nye the Science Man. Additionally, in my music “Tie-Dye Sky” is Invoice Nye being like, “Alright, give me all you bought!” There are these small little enjoyable issues… There’s additionally a recall of a melody from “R O Y G B i V interlude” into the final music which is named the “The Echo Tree.” And “The Echo Tree” is one thing that we’re going to see within the film that’s created for Rainbow Mind. (Watch here!)

There are all these tie-ins and creating from that sense that the complete physique of music was all talking and compounding upon itself was so fucking enjoyable to do! I really like creating stuff that has such a deeper context. I believe prior to now I’ve form of dirty it by talking an excessive amount of on what it’s speculated to imply, as an alternative of letting folks really feel their very own interpretation from the factor. I’m gonna kinda simply let this one occur just a little bit extra. 

The main variations… The continual combine was impressed by a mixture collection referred to as Late Evening Tales. There’s a bunch of various DJs who’ve accomplished their visitor mixes on it. And likewise from BBC Radio 1 important mixes that I fuuucking love. So, that comes impressed by these areas and particularly the Bonobo Late Evening Tales steady combine. You simply press play on this shit and gotta vibe all through it! 

And storytelling moments as effectively… There’s additionally included inside the Late Evening Tales this little bit of narrative. So there’s this spoken phrase piece on the finish of it that I discover actually endearing and particular. Intertwining spoken phrase into it and these audio journeys…

I additionally needed to verify every monitor, you can play it out or hit play on Spotify and it will really feel like an entire music. Additionally, it was a brand new problem to have each single — the album is 23 songs lengthy, however virtually half of these are ‘tweener tracks. So the album was in-built a manner the place you possibly can hearken to all of your favourite songs, but in addition you can press play in the beginning of it and there’s all these transition moments that get you from music to music. It has these sorts of — my pal Lane would name it a “butterfly checkpoint.” 

Yeah, his story is happening a psychedelic journey by the jungle in Thailand. This was a 12 months earlier than I went with him there, however we did the identical journey on the identical head stuffed with doses… However each single time they’d get to those clusters of butterflies they’d be like — “We’ve reached the butterfly checkpoint!” So there’s all these little checkpoints all through the album which might be getting you to the subsequent vacation spot. 

I really like that! You talked about this album is the most authentically true to your self — What does that really feel like, placing one thing so private on the market for the world to listen to?  

It sucks, however it’s liberating. The tough half about sharing stuff is that it turns into not yours anymore. Like if you happen to introduce an object into an area the place there’s just one viewer, the complete notion of what that factor is is barely from that viewer’s perspective, and subsequently is barely outlined by that one particular person and subsequently the fact of that factor is that one particular person’s description of it. It’s solely in our actuality by that one particular person’s notion of it, and so subsequently it’s that one particular person’s factor. 

Because the creator, now it’s at present solely mine. As quickly as you give that to folks, the catch 22 of it’s there there’s a lot magnificence… I discover a lot magnificence in the best way that individuals see a physique of labor — whether or not that’s an article, a portray, a bit of structure, a dope gardening job — the best way completely different folks create these completely different perceptions about it and write these completely different tales about it of their minds and share that narrative… I discover it so lovely that that opinion will be completely different, as a result of with the ability to have these completely different variations of storytelling is admittedly such a spice of life. 

You would carry two completely different folks right into a state of affairs of “it rained on the water park.” One particular person is like, “That was so cool as a result of this,” and one particular person is like, “That ruined my day due to this.” Neither particular person is correct or flawed, it’s simply two various things. The unfavourable a part of it for me is that this factor that was private then turns into outlined by different folks and that’s not one thing I can management. 

So, going again to that narrative of letting go. Actually, if you happen to love one thing, let it go. I’m letting go of all this shit that I really like a lot, and have birthed and conceptualized and created — and now I’m entrusting it to different folks to share in that narrative and to inform the story of what this factor is. As a creator, for me one of the simplest ways to at all times go about it’s simply letting it go. Letting these tales be advised by everyone. Then that turns into what that factor is — it’s not what you simply made it. It’s what everyone thinks it’s. It’s as lovely as it’s troublesome to let go. Herein lies the observe. We hold doing it. 

Generic, however essential query — What does the album imply to you?

Shit… What does it imply? It means we’re persevering with to inform the story. It means there was by no means a interval on what occurred prior to now — it was simply one other house, it was one other comma, it was not an ellipsis, not a punctuation mark that there’s a dot-dot-dot. I’m persevering with to seek out myself within the house that I’m creating and now we have extra pages within the e book to write down. 

Having simply celebrated Delight Month, I wish to speak about its significance and the protected house your undertaking has created for the LGBTIQA+ neighborhood… Are you able to share what you’ve skilled from popping out till now? 

I believe from then to now I’ve discovered how essential it’s to have queer pals. That’s one thing that was so lacking in my life. To bolster myself by sharing in that neighborhood as an alternative of simply being part of the neighborhood however having zero relationship to it, moreover possibly having a boyfriend or one thing… Ah, shit! It’s so essential to really feel supported and to really feel like I’m not such an outcast. As a result of I’m not — and neither is anyone within the alphabet mafia. Y’all received folks on the market!

For me, the best way I see it at this time and particularly by the genesis of the extra socially aware aspect of TikTok… There’s wonderful folks on there speaking about it and all these views. From the subservience of Gen Z tradition feeling very deserted in how real Delight Month feels due the commercialization of the capitalistic machine placing rainbows on every part and disseminating that out into the world in such mass that it loses its inclusivity. To seeing folks within the older homosexual tradition — crying on a TikTok — speaking about, “If I noticed that as a 7-year-old queer particular person strolling right into a WalMart and seeing Delight shit in a rural city, which may have simply saved my life.” To get that form of at the very least providing of normalcy and publicity on the planet is admittedly essential.

Proper now, the best way that I really feel in regards to the LGBTIQA+ house is eager to proceed to maintain my thoughts open and simply listening. I don’t suppose I’m going to be the person who has solutions for anyone — apart from it’s essential to hear and to speak and share even when it’s a “silly thought,” there’s no dangerous concepts right here. We’d like to have the ability to share the best way we’re feeling and hopefully these areas we’re sharing in will be protected areas. And hopefully these are conversations with folks which might be prepared to hearken to what you need to say, not admonish you for having a special thought. I believe probably the most lovely conversations will at all times occur between people who find themselves genuinely occupied with, “Why would any individual really feel one thing that’s completely different than myself? And let me get into that!” That’s a relationship, that’s being relational! That shit is hella lovely!

And, no, it’s not straightforward, as a result of I believe I used to be at all times conditioned in my life to have an opinion and be proper about it. I’m debating and likewise needing to continually validate my existence. I’ve turn out to be a really defensive particular person. I must be confident. Individuals are difficult me on a regular basis. Each single time I get challenged, the notion that I’ve made about myself — my life’s reality is being shook! And each single time that occurs I really feel weak. If I’m not having a dialog into an area the place my vulnerability will be revered and brought care of, then I really feel threatened — and that’s scary.

I’m hoping Delight Month can proceed to be a spot of differing dialogues between folks the place we’re being relational as an alternative of confrontational and hopefully that may create progress as an alternative of stagnation.

Thanks for that reply… I really feel such as you’ve cultivated that form of neighborhood along with your fanbase…

Making an attempt. Actually doing what we will with it. These persons are so dope, and typically we simply don’t notice how dope we’re as a result of persons are making an attempt to fuck with us. And that sucks! That’s exhausting to take care of. Not everyone has protected areas the place they’ll exist, share concepts and categorical themselves. I hope that the GRiZ neighborhood is at all times a spot the place folks can really feel protected with one another, to have the ability to develop collectively. It doesn’t at all times should be in regards to the music — and it certain as shit doesn’t at all times must be about me. Hopefully it may be about one another first. 

Precisely! So, shifting into some protected areas and celebrations… You will have so many exhibits developing together with three units in a single evening at Purple Rocks! What’s it been like pouring your coronary heart into all these completely different performances? 

I really feel like I advised a bunch of individuals what sort of mountains we’re gonna climb — and we haven’t accomplished it but. So, I gotta get to coaching. I gotta get some new fucking mountaineering boots and break that shit in! We’re like, “Okay cool, now we’re gonna do fucking Everest!” And everybody’s like, “Yeahhh!” And it’s like, “Alright, are we actually able to tackle this problem?” We’ll get there! Warming again as much as it. Getting my thoughts and my spirit proper into these areas…

Simply been doing a bunch of free exhibits. I simply wish to be in entrance of individuals taking part in music and bringing folks collectively. What’s that fucking like anymore?! And it’s nice! I’ve been doing it with abandon and that’s been a number of enjoyable. I’m right here for it. 

It’s a disgrace that any of these things prices cash within the first place, so simply have the ability to offset the load of all of it — and be like, “Yo, we’re gonna do that! Have enjoyable! Present up! Convey the crew! Don’t carry the crew! Meet the Crew! Cool!” Meet some new folks. That shit is so enjoyable. We’re warming as much as it. I’m feeling prepared!

Which date would be the first time you’re throwing down the brand new album?

We’ll hear it dwell for the primary time collectively… [pauses] 

I’ve low key performed it already at a free present for the folks. As a result of I’m fucking… I don’t know. [laughs] I believe endurance is one thing in my life that I’m not the perfect at practising. However, in its true kind — in its most considerate kind — would be the first evening of GRiZmas in July in Wilmington, North Carolina on the finish of this month.