9th March 2023
Interview & Editor-in-chief: Owen James Vincent
Photo Credit: Sam Dameshek
Dropping his album 'ALIVE' in late 2022 and having an outstanding response from it. We got to chat to Gryffin about the message behind the album, working with big stars such as Tinashe and One Republic and dream collaborations he would like to make.
Hi Gryffin! Thanks for chatting with us at ReVamp. How was 2022 for you? You released your sophomore album ‘ALIVE’. What was the response like?
2022 was definitely one for the books. Shows and festivals felt like they were finally back into full swing. I got to play over in Europe & Asia and see lots of fans here in the states– as well as playing my biggest show to date yet in Los Angeles. And yes.. I was able to finally release my sophomore album, Alive, where I collaborated with some extremely talented artists I always dreamt of working with. 2022 will be hard to beat.
What was the inspiration behind this album?
I always want to push myself as an artist and elevate what the Gryffin project sounds like, and I feel like with ‘Alive’ I really went outside of my normal wheelhouse with some records while, with others that have that true Gryffin sound, I tried to give them new wrinkles that feel new and exciting. I always try to channel uplifting and emotional tones in my music, and this album will be rooted in that. Outside of the sonics, there will be a number of more well-known features and artists that I’ve been fans of for a long time so I’m excited to share those collaborations.
How long did it take you to create this body of work? And when did you know it was time for the world to hear it?
I started working on this album pretty much right after Gravity during lockdown. I took the first part of the pandemic to really try new production ideas and push myself as a creator. A number of the songs on this album have been on my hard drive since early 2020 so I’m excited they will finally see the light of day with the album.
You’ve featured big artists on this album such as Tinashe, One Republic, Kygo, Calum Scott, and many more. How did you decide which artists worked on each song?
The album definitely would not be the same without these awesome collaborations. I got to work with artists I have always dreamed of working with. I’ve been friends with Kygo for a while and we have always wanted to collaborate. When we received the “Woke Up In Love” demo, it really resonated with us both. We kept sending ideas back and forth until the production was exactly where we wanted it. Both of us have always been a fan of Calum Scott and felt like he would sound incredible on the track. We sent it to him and he loved it! MØ has also always been a vocalist I have wanted to collaborate with. She has always had an impact on electronic music with her incredible songs. I received “Reckless” as a topline from MØ and really vibed with it. I continued to send her production ideas and hone it with her over time. The experience working on the track with her was incredible. She is an incredible artist but an even better person. She’s an angel!
Are there any dream collaborations you would like to do?
Calvin Harris is probably my number one person I’d love to collaborate with. He’s the king of innovating his artist project time and time again. Vocalist wise, I have to put Selena and Dua up there as dream collaborations.
Lastly, any more plans for 2023? Will there be another album in the pipeline?
Oh boy, I've already had such a busy year so far! I just played in Phoenix at Birds Nest and have a few festivals coming up like Ultra Miami and Project Glow DC. I'm also back at Wynn for my Vegas residency this summer and may have some more shows in store for you guys. I've also been working on some new music that I cannot wait for everyone to hear!
Alive (Darkroom / Interscope Records) by Gryffin is now available at all digital retailers HERE.