You might recognize the melodies of DJ/musician/producer Gryffin from his playful, energetic remixes of artists like Maroon 5 and Years & Years, but his original work like the recently-released “Whole Heart,” is just as addictive. Starting out as a DJ for college bashes in Southern California, Gryffin knows how to bring a crowded room to life with strong beats, and keeps it up when he’s performing solo. Now he’s making waves as one of Billboard’s NEXT UP artists, ready to take on the fans with his first North American tour.
We caught up with the indie prodigy in anticipation of his live show at W Washington D.C. on October 26th. From classic Sublime to some must-hear indie bands on the rise, Gryffin gives us the insight on his favorite artist, go-to drink and the ultimate superhero.
How would you describe your musical style?
Gryffin: I’d describe my music as uplifting, melodic, emotional, groovy, and fun!
What is the first album you ever owned? How did you acquire it?
Gryffin: Sublime – Self-Titled. I bought it at Sam Goody and it still one of my favorite albums ever!
What are three things you look for when you see an artist play live?
Gryffin: I tend to look for the artist/crowd interactions and how the crowd is responding, the amount of sheer energy the artist brings on stage, and the production/visuals to see how well it is incorporated with the music and setlist.
Who is your superhero alter ego and why?
Gryffin: Captain America – he is exactly what you would think a superhero to be and always sticks up for the little guy.
If we’re going to buy you a drink, what should it be?
Gryffin: Old Fashioned with Bourbon
What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
Gryffin: M – Final Song. Cannot stop playing!
What’s your favorite thing to order from room service?
Gryffin: Ice Cream
Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Gryffin: I think a lot of my inspiration comes from listening to old records, and also traveling really inspires me!
Who’s your style icon?
Gryffin: Ryan Gosling
Give us an insider tip on what bands or artists are about to break and why?
Gryffin: A R I Z O N A is an awesome band that makes really cool rock/electronic which is a sound that I feel is going to be everywhere in the industry soon. Louis The Child is a dope electronic music group out of Chicago that is making really creative, inspiring feel-good dance music. Watch out for those guys!