Slovenia born Denis Jašarević, better known by his stage name Gramatik, can be considered quite an anomaly in today's electronic music circuit, both stylistically and historically. While many of today's biggest producers became enamored with electronic music in their later youth and felt emboldened enough to create the music they fostered a passion for in their own ways, Gramatik's musical history is that of a much different tune. Gramatik's love of music stems back to the tender age of three, when his mother would catch him listening to American funk, jazz, soul and blues from his older sister’s cassette tapes. Once he reached the 7th grade, Jašarević discovered hip-hop and felt totally overtaken and compelled by it's elements, especially by the power of the rhythmically accented poetry (rap). After dabbling as an MC and forming a hip-hop duo with one of his classmates, Gramatik stumbled onto the final piece of his sonic puzzle in 1998, when he met his first audio sequencing software. It was at that moment that sampling became his one true love in the music making process, as he had the pleasure of chopping up all those old funk, soul, blues and jazz tracks he used to listen to as a kid to make something completely new out of it. Fast forward to his now massive electronic music discography, and it has become clear that Gramatik has expertly strung together his lifelong musical influences into a sound that offers an electrifying mix of electro thump with glitchy sound design, old school funk vocals and the sample-heavy, boom-bap style of the hip-hop genre.
The highly prolific Gramatik just released his newest musical feat, a free album entitled Epigram, which offers listeners a fresh, 10 track journey through Gramatik's signature, bouncing swag that naturally translates to any dance floor. Epigram's personality showcases the wide pallet of Gramatik's musical tastes: from old school, feel good funk vibes, to downtempo hip shaking sounds to new age, heavy, glitchy bangers. No matter what style Epigram is serving up, its undeniably infectious nature encourages listeners to move their feet and bob their heads to each and every delicious track. At this point, it's almost impossible for Gramatik not to hit a musical home run, as he's been nurturing his musical life almost as long as he's been living his own.