Published on August 26th, 2017 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Five Questions With Grieves

Grieves recently dropped his new new album, Running Wild, and just led by the first single, RX!

It’s been over three years since his last album, Winter & The Wolves, but Grieves has re-emerged with a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines. Whether dark and moody, or bright and upbeat, Grieves smoothly navigates the new soundscape, penning verses that range from confessional to carefree.

Running Wild is comprised of 15-tracks recorded while bouncing between Seattle and Stockholm, with help from Swedish producer Chords (aka Jens Eric Resch Thomason). The record balances Grieves’ dueling impulses to have a good time while staying true to himself. It’s a kind of openness — both sonically and thematically — that he attributes to how and where the record was made.

As you see yourself, who is Grieves?

I’ve never looked the part. If I had to step back and look at myself, I’d say that’s a good thing. I’m not a person who’s happy with one role in music, I wanna learn and experience them all. But in a nutshell, I smell nice and look weird.

Tell us about your current project?

Running Wild is the representation of pushing myself to break my norms. To step out of my box and run with the things that may scare me in my creative space. I spend too much time thinking about what other people want me to make instead of making what I NEED to make. This is a change in that pace. Plus it’s funky.

What’s on your bucket list to accomplish as an entertainer?

Didn’t Danny Brown get a blowjob on stage in Minneapolis? That would be tight.

Will you be finishing out 2017 on the road or what’s on your horizon for 2018?

I think 2017 and 2018 will all be spent on the road. In between, I hope to work on and finish my instrumental record. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.

The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?

I could write a book on all the weird shit that happens to me, but…. one time I was walking down the street in Austin, Texas and I see a large group of people cringing and yelling. From the center of the group, I hear “GRIEVES!! These people are being pussies! Get in here and staple something to my head.” 15 seconds later there’s blood on my shirt and my 20 dollar bill stuck to a man’s forehead with a very large industrial staple. I think I had BBQ after that.

Bonus: Check out his latest video What It Dew

This joint is so funky! 5/5

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