By Sean O | January 9th, 2012
About a month ago, I stumbled upon a track and wanted to share with a wider audience. It was a chopped and remixed cut of Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by a guy named GRiZ. What stood out most wasn’t how well he reworked what could have been another throwaway Ye remix, but how much fun his version of the song was having, with or without me.
Some dubstep is rough around the edges, but what works for “Shogun” and speaks to GRiZ’s potential as a producer is a soft touch that keeps the song from being overbearing or feeling forced. GRiZ described “Shogun” to one SoundCloud user as a “pure 70 bpm oldschool dubstep track featuring simple (but super low freq sub bass) tones.”
GRiZ, whose real name is Grant Kwiecinski, is a self-described “21 year old producer from mid-Michigan” who is building a fast following through the Internet’s various social networks and seems poised to keep rolling in 2012. “Shogun” is a solid dubstep track that should help leverage GRiZ as a producer worth keeping an eye on this year.