Grisly. Portugal’s Gift Of Dubstep and Bass To The States.
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Q1: Thanks for joining us here at Monsoon Season, we are elated to have you joining us! Can you give us the origin story of the name and idea behind the Grisly name?
A1: Thank you so much for having me here. My original name at first actually used to be Shredix and I decided to change it once my goals and interests in music started to change. I fell in love with EDM and dubstep and I wanted a name that was aggressive and catchy but also easy to say that stood out to people. My sets evolved from top 40 and hip hop to EDM and I just didn’t find my old name catchy anymore. I wanted a new beginning with a different alias that gave me the motivation to give my new path meaning. My sets are always really aggressive so Grisly just felt right.
Q2: For the unknowing readers, and soon-to-be fans, where are you from? Tell us a little about your background story.
A2: Well, I was born in Portugal. I left when I was 12 and began to travel the world with my father because he worked for the American Government. I came back to the states at the age of 18 to join the military. After my service was up in 2013, I stayed and moved two times from VA to KY and from KY to now what I call home, Florida
Q3: What lead you into the dance music world to begin with and what ultimately has kept you?
A3: I have always been extremely interested in Music. I have been a true metalhead since I was 5 years old. I have always been fascinated by music but it wasn’t until about 2016 that my fascination for EDM really grew. Once I dipped into the world of EDM, I couldn’t get out. The best part is that EDM doesn’t have limits. You can literally combine any genre with EDM and make it sound good and original. With this, I am able to have metal and EDM and create genres like dubstep and deathstep and still fulfill my headanging needs.
Q4: What impact do you wish to have on the world, whether it’s music related or being a role model for others in general? Who do you aspire to be?
A4: I really hope my career takes off as this is absolutely what I love to do. The universal language is music. You don’t need to know what it says or what it means as long as you can feel it and we all feel things. I want to give music people can relate to. I want people to have a crappy day or a good day, put on my music, and ultimately make them feel better. As an individual, I always try and spread love and support. I have been in dark places before and it is no fun. I hope my positive outlook and music spreads great vibes and love even if sometimes the music is a little heavy
Q5: If someone is dealing with writers-block or just cannot find the mental groove to get into to learn & write music. Do you have any helpful advice for them?
A5: Yes, absolutely. I advise to just step away and take a day off and just come back to it. I don’t know how many times I get stuck writing a song and nothing comes out and I walk away and in the next morning it just clicks. We all have bad days. We all choke sometimes, but the most important part is to not give up, learn, listen to the ones who have been doing this for ages and apply everything to your music.
Q6: Are there any causes that you personally advocate for? Can you speak on this topic for us? If not, what is your “life motto” or “rule of thumb”?
A6: Equality is big for me. As a foreigner, and a vivid traveler I have seen so many cultures and i’m here to tell you that we all share this world together. There are so many awesome things out there that are amazing and really makes you feel like all your problems really aren’t that big of a deal and just obstacles to learn from and tackle. Venture out and learn from others. Always be positive and keep your head up. I always say “Do not try to be better than everyone else. Try to be better than yourself.”
Q7: What is life like in the shoes of GRISLY? Walk us through a Day-In-The-Life of you, please!
A7: Well, because producing and DJing doesn’t pay the bills yet, I work as an accountant for corporate finances right now. I wake up, go to work from 9-5 and when I’m off, i’m in the studio writing music and networking with people. When I need to step away from the studio, I am usually at the beach or park with my girlfriend Hannah and my dog Whiskey. It is always important to balance all things in your life.
Q8: Are there any upcoming changes or special projects in the works for your brand and music as we head into 2021?
A8: Since my EP Skylight is released, I set new goals for myself to at least write one song every month and release it and work on some big collaborations. I already have some awesome collabs in the works. I am not rushing of course, so if I feel like a song is not ready, I wont release it, but i’m really trying to work hard and provide awesome music for people. 2021 is going to be a big year for me as I will try to up my career even more. I want to release great music, play at bigger festivals, and really advance my career and not waste energy on things that don’t matter.
Q9: What sort of creative processes have you called upon when approaching this project? What is the reason for the change of project?
A9: Networking, finding new music and new friends in the industry will be my key creative processes. When you surround yourself with people that have the same passion as you, your passion and goals become bigger, stronger and hungrier.
Q10: What artists inspire you the most In your music production journey? Are there any artists outside the dance realm that you seek inspiration from?
A10: I am really a big fan of Riot Ten, Saymyname, and Virtual Riot. Their understanding of sound design and execution is outstanding. They motivate me and I always try to use their passion to feed mine.
Q11: Where has been your favorite place to play music or perform?
A11: Well, I will always hold a special place in my heart in Lexington, KY named Hugo’s Lounge. This place is where it all started and really began my love for EDM and performed in awesome shows on special nights like New Years and Halloween. I will never forget where I come from.
Q12: Who do you believe deserves more spotlight and recognition in their music careers? Give them a healthy shout-out!
A12: I honestly believe there are so many artists that need more recognition. During this road I have met so many. I would say SkyHye, Foreign Suspects, Killoala, Twisted T, Valhalla and DJ Au deserve a massive amount of recognition from everyone. These artists put on an amazing show every time. They are talented, humble, and they know how to make your neck sore the next day after a show.
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