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Lindsey Grossman
Daily Correspondent
Special to the DailyMusic produceer Gramatik, aka Denis Jasarevic, rearranges album tracks with percussion loops, vocal samples and beat repeating.
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Gramatik, a progressive Slovenian producer, is known for a high-energy sound, rich with elements of funk, soul, electro, hip-hop and jazz.

While he cites “Godfather of Soul” James Brown as a major influence, Gramatik, real name Denis Jasarevic, said lately, he’s discovering inspiration more in pop culture and people than in music, namely Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

Fresh off last year’s fall tour in Europe, and having spent his summer in the states playing at festivals including Electric Zoo, Northcoast Music Festival and the Big Up, in addition to a show with Pretty Lights, in front of 10,000 people, at Red Rocks, Gramatik embarked on his first nationwide tour this fall. The Pretty Lights Music Tour is the first time since launching the label that Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, has sent his labelmates out on tour with a full bill of PLM artists.



The first run of the tour kicked off in Boston in early November, and made stops in New York City, Atlanta, Colorado, Philadelphia, Nashville, St. Louis and many others.

Gramatik will perform with Michal Menert, Paul Basic and SuperVision in Avon Saturday.



New songs you ‘can’t hear anywhere’ else

While his roots lie in hip-hop, Gramatik’s signature style can be found on the album he’s most proud of – last year’s “No Shortcuts.”

“It combines all of the styles that I really like and love listening to on a daily basis,” he said.



In the album he has in the works right now, “Never Been the Silent Type,” he attempts to take this sound further combining electro, glitch hop, funk, soul, even classical.

“Everything that I feel, I want to incorporate in my music,” he said.

He said of the tour so far, “It’s been awesome, actually. We’ve been packing in shows every night.” For his live set-up, Gramatik uses his APC40 Controller to rearrange album tracks with percussion loops, vocal samples and beat repeating. In the meantime, a musician who just goes by the name of Alex, plays guitar onstage.

Co-headlining with Michal Menert, they perform back-to-back 30-minute sets, two each, followed by 30-minutes together as an encore.

For this tour, Gramatik is performing two tracks from his yet-to-be released new album.

“You can’t hear them anywhere,” he said. “You can only hear them live if you go to my show right now.”

Gramatik said he’s looking forward to being back in Colorado where he always gets such great energy from his fans.

Lindsey Grossman works for Rocky Mountain Entertainment, the promoter of this show. Email comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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