Yesterday we lost one of the most influential artists in music history, Aretha Franklin. For over half a century the Queen of Soul’s powerful voice touched the hearts of countless peoples across the world and inspired generation upon generation of young artists. Today, as we reflect upon the impact that Aretha has had on the world of music, that to pay respect to the late singer and pianist, Gramatik has shared a tribute titled “Let Me Know The Way”.
"Over the last 15+ years, I’ve sampled her countless times and learned the craft through sampling her amazing discography. 2 of the most prominent beats of mine with samples of her are “In This Whole World” and “I’m Free”, and even to this day, coincidentally, I made 3 beats last month for SB5 with samples from her songs, this is one of them. She was a force of nature, a voice of a generation and an inspiration to us all. We will miss you dearly, my Queen. ♥️” - Gramatik
Sampling “The Long And Winding Road”, Gramatik crafts a soulful, rhythmic boom-bap type beat around Aretha’s distinctive vocals, perfectly capturing the emotional, larger-than-life feeling that could only be achieved by the late Queen. Check out “Let Me Know The Way” below and enjoy.
Gramatik - Let Me Know The Way (Aretha Franklin Tribute)
Summer would not be complete without Gramatik throwing down one of his killer sets at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It’s always one of our favorite parties of the season, and this year he’s coming to Morrison, Colorado on September 1st. Gramatik has once again brought along a parade of unique talent with supporting sets from Gryffin, Haywyre, and Ramzoid.
Every year that Gramatik has made an appearance at Red Rocks, he’s torn the house down, and we expect this year will be no different. The latest release we’ve heard from Gramatik has been his Re:Coil Pt. 1 EP during the tail end of 2017, so we can only speculate that he’ll have some fresh new tunes to play out once September rolls around. We especially are dying to hear what his collab with Herobust is sounding like.
We’re thrilled to partner up with Gramatik to give our readers a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the show, as well as a merch bundle signed by Gramatik himself. You can enter the contest below, and you’ll want to make sure to complete as many steps as you can in order to give yourself the best chance at winning.
Although we’ve seen numerous industries adopt cryptocurrencies, we were incredibly surprised to hear that Gramatik had found a way to work the blockchain-based technology into his artistic endeavors. With a total ecosystem worth $9 million, Gramatik’s crypto-token, GRMTK, may have effectively created a new model for fan-artist funding. Today, Gramatik has shed some light on his unexpected new venture with a brand new music video for his Re:Coil, Pt. 1 track "Future Crypto.”
Gramatik has become one of the few music artists to embrace the decentralized form of currency and now we have the pleasure of premiering his new video along with a special digital booklet further telling the story of GRMTK.. To explain his motivation behind the big-money move, his new single/music video comes with an illustrated digital booklet, in collaboration with SingularDTV and Dutch design studio Supermassive (who were behind Gramatik & Galactic Marvl’s "Voyager Twins" video).
Our species is advancing. Shouldn’t our currency be doing the same? With this being the first piece of content being made since the token launch + ETH raise, I wanted to explain to my fans what Future Cypto is really about. Future Crypto is dedicated to the importance of leaving Big Business + Big Banks out of curation and creation. Cutting out the middleman. I really think Isaac Asimov said it best with "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." My team and I + SingularDTV are working around the clock on new content and the further development of GRMTK, thanks for being patient with us through the process and expect more updates regularly. - Gramatik
"Future Crypto" appeared on his 2017 project and was made in collaboration with fellow artist Branx. The multimedia project revolves around the history of money, touching on trading practices, the evolution of money in Europe up through slavery and fractional banking reserve, all culminating at the blockchain system and subsequently, the GRMTK token.
“Future Crypto" and the release of the GRMTK token marked a new chapter in Gramatik’s career, as with the success of the GRMTK coin, the producer will be taking a break from touring in 2019 to focus on his next album. While this touring break will span the entirety of next year, Gramatik said he will be periodically releasing new content, including his highly anticipated Re:Coil Pt. II EP. So check out the video and digital booklet for "Future Crypto" below and make sure to catch Gramatik before he goes dark once again at the end of 2018, tour dates including his Red Rocks show are also below. Enjoy!
Gramatik - Future Crypto
TOUR DATES July 6 - July 9 |We Are Electric Weekender 2018 - Boxtel, Netherlands August 10 - 13 | Shambhala Music Festival - Salmo, BC Aug 31 - Sept 2 | Electric Zoo - New York, NY September 1 | Red Rocks Amphitheater w/ Griffin, Haywyre, Ramzoid, Balkan Bump - Morrison, CO September 21 - 23 | Life Is Beautiful - Las Vegas, NV October 25 - 28 | Suwanee Hulaween - Live Oak, FL
Multimedia image credit: Supermassive / Story by Zach LeBeau
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