Gramatik is one I was hesitant to put on the list because he has been making waves with his unique sound for some time now but has been gaining extreme momentum as of late.
Having represented the Pretty Lights label early in his career before starting his own label Lowtemp, sold over 100,000 tracks on Beatport, and reached #1 on Hype Machine should tell you all you need to know about the versatility and talent of the Slovenian producer and jazz/funk guru.
Gramatik continues to push the envelope when it comes to producing new sounds and the more than 2 million downloads of his latest album The Age of Reason shows that the music world is getting down with the funk.
At a recent trip to Red Rocks for a sold out Gramatik show, I had a chance to experience Gramatik in his element. The music was funky and soulful and kept the crowd dancing. Saxophone and trumpet galore, like an electronic jam band. Almost overwhelming goodness.
Before the sold out show at Red Rocks I picked up a copy of “The Rooster,” who refers to Gramatik as EDM’s game changer. The Rooster refers to his sound:
Gramatik, on the other hand, chose another route, carefully fusing together sounds from genres you wouldn’t normally expect: hip hop, jazz, blues, rock, funk, soul, etc. “I love hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, blues and some of EDM genres,” he said. “I try to mix the genres I like into a new genre. I don’t like my music to be called just one thing. That’s why I constantly try to develop new genres within the music. With the new album, I stepped away from sampling, and I’ve incorporated live instruments played by my friends.” – See more at The Rooster
Gramatik’s upbeat funky, hip-hop style seems so universally acceptable.
It feels classical but modern, chill but upbeat. As Gramatik and crew continue exploring new sounds, we expect more legendary live shows and a fanbase that will continue to steadily grow.