Aaron Waisglass, who goes by the name of Grandtheft, is a trap and bass producer hailing from Toronto. After making a quick come up in the Canadian club scene, he has become a legend, slaying the club scene all across the world with his eclectic originals and his mind-blowing remixes. He is coming back to Minneapolis to turn the city upside-down on December 12th at The Loft!
Waisglass has always been making music, playing piano and writing piano pieces all through his childhood. In 2009, however, he moved from piano pieces to electronic music, and that’s when Grandtheft was formed! Grandtheft started out by creating house and disco remixes, remixing tracks from artists such as Lykke Li, Santigold, Steve Aoki, and Drake. In 2011, he started reaching out of house and disco and adding elements of heavier genres into his tracks, with his release of “Gangsta Muzik” and “Splash” on T&A Records. He also gained a residency with the Team Canada DJs, playing different underground venues in Montreal and Toronto. Grandtheft’s career changed in 2012, however, with his collaboration remix with Diplo of Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing”, which became one of the top 10 remixes of 2012. He went on to release an EP off of Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s imprint in 2013 and sign to Mad Decent in 2014. Since then, he has worked with artists such as Keys N Krates and Diplo as well as being hand-picked to play support for artists such as Arcade Fire, Avicii, and U2. Grandtheft also tours like there’s no tomorrow, playing over 150 shows a year, including festivals such as Coachella, TomorrowWorld, Ultra, EDC, and Mad Decent Block Party. And although he’s constantly touring, he makes sure that his fans always have new material to check out: he is constantly coming out with heart-pounding remixes and just released his second EP, Quit This City, back in October. Grandtheft has quickly flipped the scene over, mixing underground roots with mainstream appeal, and is only just getting started!
Listen to any recent Grandtheft track, and you can clearly here how his roots in house and disco have developed his music into a crossover between both underground and mainstream. His tracks, although very bass-heavy, have deep melodies and harmonies and often very simplistic rhythms. Take his new track featuring Lowell, “Quit This City”, as an example: the track starts out very similar to an ambient house track, with very faint chords and miniscule rhythm in the background. It then uses complex vocals (or more complex than you usually find in club music) to create a melodic vibe, similar to the strong melodies and complex chords that are used in disco. However, through all of the melodic and harmonic notes in the track, there is still a huge focus on the hi-hats, similar to the house tracks that he released early on in his career. Grandtheft has evolved through multiple different genres, picking out a piece of each genre to carry over to the next and making him a diverse and talented artist not to miss!
Not only has the club scene recognized Grandtheft’s talent, but advertisers have as well! Grandtheft’s tracks have been used all over the place: “Mobbin” was used by the Seattle Seahawks as well as by Fox Sports and Samsung. Alexander Wang used a Grandtheft track in his New York fashion week show, and the Indiana Pacers come out to a Grandtheft track every night. Celebrities such as Seth Rogan and Paris Hilton has also commissioned Grandtheft to create soundtracks for different projects they had created. Having his tracks used by so many different people and companies is another way that Grandtheft blends underground with mainstream, making him an essential artist not to miss!
Grandtheft, a trap and bass producer from Toronto, has completely turned the scene upside-down in the past five years, collaborating with some of the biggest names in the scene and performing more than most DJs could even imagine! His mix of old-school sounds and new-tune genres will keep everyone bouncing and grinding till the sun comes up, making this artist not one to sleep on! So let’s turn up and blow the ceiling off The Loft with Grandtheft on December 12th!
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