Grant Kwiecinski AKA Griz, the whiz-kid of neo-soul is back with another funky offering, close on the heels of his epic debut Mad Liberation (Read GG’s review of that album HERE). We could sit here and tell you about how this Detroit-bred producer brings Motown into the new millennium with his sensuous grooves and smart sampling, or about the all-star list of collaborators (including The Floozies and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic) on Rebel Era. However, having encountered G’s candid words about his new offering, we’d prefer to let the artist speak for himself:
“In a time where words and phrases like the occupy movement, personal freedom, the NSA, riots, elections, and war are on the tips of everyones tongues, I can feel a shift in global energy. This is a time where classism and competition is tearing a rift in society. A time where imperialist democratic capitalism is fighting its way to dominate cultures and seperate people into selfish consumers. A time where people are turning against the powers that be and are speaking out against these values. A time that is inspiring people to seek change. Its the time that we live in, an age that we created.
I wrote this record over the past year in many different states and phases. From tour busses, to bedroom studios, from green rooms full of friends and scenesters, to planes thousands of feet flying through the sky. I’ve met and worked with so many new people through the creation of this album and pushed my limits as a producer to create something challenging and dynamic. Taking every single moment that I wasn’t on stage and dedicating it to developing ideas of sound; at times, left me breathless and laid out on the floor of my room with songs on repeat – anxious thoughts melting away into space.
But thats the thing. I’ve found that music sets me free. Its up to us to use that which is most compelling and manifest a new reality. One free of apathy. A world of compassion, empathy and cooperation. A world of action of and love.
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