Ryan's Midweek Beat

This is the fourth installment of a new weekly posting right here on
Her Campus UMaine! I'm a local Music Producer and DJ in the Orono area
looking to share the sounds and culture of EDM with others. Twice a
week you can catch me spinning some of the latest and greatest
electronic tracks of today, Thursdays at 11pm on UMaine's very own
WMEB 91.9 FM and Fridays at 11pm-4am on Radio207.com. Each week I will
be bringing you one of my favorite EDM tracks, varying from electro
house, trap, dubstep, trip-hop, and more.

GRiZ, Where do I start about GRiZ? He is truly a lord of the
Glitch-Hop/Electro-Soul genre with influences of Pretty Lights, KOAN
Sound, Knife Party, and Dave Brubeck all wrapped into one. GRiZ shows
his colors as a lover for classic hip hop and jazz combined, bridging
the gap of many music generations. Whether you want to groove, move,
booze, or lose your mind, GRiZ is always a great option to listen to.
This week's midweek beat features two tracks, yes two tracks, off of
GRiZ's new album Rebel Era. If you like what you hear, the album was
recently released for free download on his website. Check out a
description of Rebel Era from the man himself:

"In a time where words and phrases like the occupy movement, personal
freedom, the NSA, riots, elections, and war are on the tips of
everyones tongues, I can feel a shift in global energy. This is a time
where classism and competition is tearing a rift in society. A time
where imperialist democratic capitalism is fighting its way to
dominate cultures and seperate people into selfish consumers. A time
where people are turning against the powers that be and are speaking
out against these values. A time that is inspiring people to seek
change. Its the time that we live in, an age that we created.

I wrote this record over the past year in many different states and
phases. From tour busses, to bedroom studios, from green rooms full of
friends and scenesters, to planes thousands of feet flying through the
sky. I've met and worked with so many new people through the creation
of this album and pushed my limits as a producer to create something
challenging and dynamic. Taking every single moment that I wasn't on
stage and dedicating it to developing ideas of sound; at times, left
me breathless and laid out on the floor of my room with songs on
repeat - anxious thoughts melting away into space.

But thats the thing. I've found that music sets me free. Its up to us
to use that which is most compelling and manifest a new reality. One
free of apathy. A world of compassion, empathy and cooperation. A
world of action of and love."

This is Rebel Era.

- G

Without further adieu, "Hard Times" and "DTW To DIA (the Travels Of Mr. B)"