Last year, when Gramatik came to Red Rocks, a large snowstorm hit, forcing him to play in extremely cold conditions and under a tarp. It was an infamous night, dubbed Blizzmatik. This year, Gramatik returns to the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre to headline a show that is sure to trump his previous ones, however rough or amazing the conditions are. He has also brought an incredible support roster that will make for an exceptional night!
Sometimes I see people sitting at the beginning of a Red Rocks show, but I doubt that will happen with these openers. ProbCause, a revolutionary hip hop artist jumps from funk to rap and sprinkles a little R&B in between. He has worked with the likes of Chance The Rapper, GRiZ, and Action Bronson and is sure to get you jumping. Signed to GRiZ’s All Good Records label, the Geek x Vrv have been making a statement in the future bass scene at the moment. Now touring the world and pumping out amazing music, you must see them now so you can say that you saw them before they got big. Born in the Philippines and taking inspiration from R&B and skate culture, Sweater Beats has been pushing the genre of future bass ever since it began while also advancing his own extraordinary sound. Just coming off of a world tour that included performances with RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, and GTA, Sweater Beats has come to Colorado to show us what he has been working on. Hippie Sabotage, known for their hit “Your Soul”, combines hard-hitting 808’s and trap drums with soft chords and pads to create smooth songs perfect for a summer night drive. These two brothers have been recently making a name for themselves and have even worked with Halsey. All of these artists also have a great synergy, having produced songs and created remixes for each other and being featured on similar labels and electronic music movements. Gramatik has truly brought an amazing support lineup to kick off his show at the Rocks.
Raising the electronic music genre to an intelligent, funky, unique state of being ever since he started producing, Denis Jašarević aka Gramatik, is one of the most hard-working producers out there at the moment. Gramatik rose to popularity with his Street Bangerz series which repurposed old samples into hip hop beats. The Slovenian was rising quickly, getting signed to Pretty Lights Music, then soon starting his own label, Lowtemp. It all culminated in the release of his seminal album, The Age of Reason with which he partnered with BitTorrent to make free. Since then, he has been touring around the world, with only a few stops in between to record.
In that time, he has crafted his latest LP, Epigram. The album is one of a kind, bringing together elements of trap and dubstep, soul, hip hop, and electro to form a special selection of songs that tell a story about the past and the future. Critics and fans alike have been raving about it:
“Giving new meaning to old school beats, DJ/producer Gramatik gives today’s hip-hop happy youth a lesson in funk, jazz, and swing by expertly mixing the sounds of the past with the present (and the future). It’s time-traveling glitch-hop twerking its way through the jitterbug.” – CLTURE
“Gramatik creates a whirlwind of genres that span hip-hop, funk, jazz, trap, dubstep, and everything in-between.” – THE HUFFINGTON POST
On Epigram, Gramatik aimed to move past his old school flipping and sampling andinstead create more original music, to progress his movement and style. As Denis puts it, “ForEpigram I sampled my musician friends. It’s a bigger challenge to make a good song that way, which helps me progress as an artist. You’re also able to achieve a higher level of originality, if you’re successful.” The album features many unique artists such as Raekwon, ProbCause, and Russ Liquid. However, what may be the craziest thing about the LP is the creation of a new alphabet for it. Multipraktik, a famous art collective, teamed up with Gramatik to create a visual alphabet in which each letter is assigned a specific iconographic connotation. This would allow fans to create their own epigrams and take their own meaning from the album. Gramatik explains, “It’s called Epigram because making a funny, bold and lucid point in just a sentence or two is an art form.”
As a tribute to Gramatik and his new album, Electronic Colorado is giving away two free tickets to see the funk master and his friends at Red Rocks Amphitheater. You can enter our giveaway below, but if you don’t win make sure to grab your tickets HERE, as the show is sure to sell out!