SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10 // THE WARFIELD // SAN FRANCISCO
With a highly-buzzed about set at Coachella both weekends this year and upcoming performances at A-list festivals like Lollapalooza and Governor’s Ball 2017, Gryffin thrives on creating an unforgettable stage show that blurs the line between electronic music and raw live performance. Further proving the vitality of his music, several artists have taken to performing Gryffin’s versions of their own songs when playing live. And with his name referencing the mythical half-lion/half-eagle creature and its power to soar, Gryffin aims to continue instilling a potent, uplifting energy into each of his tracks. “Part of the reason I like working with piano and guitar so much is that it adds a human element that can’t be replicated—you might not even realize it as a listener, but you feel it on some deeper level,” he says. “It builds this connection that’s really powerful, and to me that ability to make music that moves people and picks them up is the most rewarding thing in the world.”
Before the music, there was Future Soup. This was the first creation by Autograf, an eight-foot 500-pound sculpture. It's an obsession with the Future and the limitless possibilities it holds. What started out as a desire to "make art," turned into a curiosity to make music. This curiosity has set the Hype Machine charts ablaze hitting either the #1 or #2 spot five times for Autograf's debut remixes of Marvin Gaye, Pharrell / Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore. In a short period of time, Autograf has gained critical acclaim in the blogosphere being named to Indie Shuffle's annual "Best Remixes" award along with numerous features on ThisSongIsSick, Thump/Vice, Dancing Astronaut, Gotta Dance Dirty, Earmilk and more. With BBC Radio 1 airtime, and over 2 million Soundcloud plays and growing, this new music project is here to stay.
With all the newfound success for the music, Autograf hasn't lost sight of the desire to make art. "We have some new sculptures in the works, and are also developing a hybrid electronic live show. We're making our own midi-controllers, analog filters and custom digital instruments. For our live shows, we want to create a unique experience for the audience that goes beyond the DJ booth. For our DJ sets, perhaps we'll install our sculptures to make a sort of dance party meets art installation. There's just so much we want to do."
With no shortage of ideas, where they go is as limitless as their vision for the "Future." One thing is for certain; Autograf is taking their "Future Soup" mantra to heart.