Music | Show Preview: Gramatik returns to Red Rocks on Friday

This Friday, June 17th Gramatik makes his return to Red Rocks looking for redemption. Last year’s show, now fondly referred to as "Blizzmatik", had to be cut short due to safety reasons because of unrelenting snow and freezing rain. It’s no secret that Colorado is anxiously awaiting the moment to “Hit That Jive”…but we hope to do so with better weather this time around.

last year's Gramatik show at Red Rocks, now referred to by fans as "Blizzmatik". (photo credit: NO COAST)

Time and time again, when searching for good tunes to play on Pandora or Spotify, Gramatik radio seems to be the "go-to" option. The complex sound of Slovenian music producer Denis Jašarević contains aspects of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and has even been described as "electro-funk". He has captured our attention over the years with his songs “Just Jammin”, “Hit That Jive”, “So Much For Love” and “Obviously” featuring Cherub and Exmag. His theory of a fee free music model has also attributed to his success, voicing his opinion publicly saying that he believes it is "morally right for music to be primarily free” .

Gramatik's musical inception has ties to Denver-based online music company and website called BeatPort from way back in 2008. His first album Street Bangers Volume 1 shocked the artist by receiving much more attention through the site than he was anticipating, and only a year later, he teamed up with Colorado’s own Derek Vincent Smith and signed to his label, Pretty Lights Music. Following that success of that venture, Jašarević went on to create his own record label called Lowtemp.

Gramatik just recently released his new album, Epigram, and has scheduled a massive world tour in support. While doing a little research we discovered something interesting on his homepage: it turns out you can create your very own paradoxical work of art through a feature on the site! The app will transform each letter of your epigram into its own symbol that shares live to the site, which you can then download along with the new album.

This Friday will be Gramatik’s sixth performance at the beautiful Red Rocks Ampitheatre. This year’s lineup includes Hippie Sabotage, ProbCause, Geek x Vrv, and Sweater Beats. We are especially excited to check out brotherly duo Hippie Sabotage; their remix of Tove Lo’s hit song “Habits (Stay High)” has received over 420 million views on YouTube! Talk about a viral video.

Make sure to follow our Instagram page for live updates and stay tuned for a full review of our experience including photos from the show by our photographer Andrew Rios.