From Disclosure to Flume to Zhu, the producer selects the singles and remixes that defined the early days of his career.
Gryffin is currently enjoying a massive 2019, supporting the release of his just-released debut album, Gravity, with one of the most dazzling live shows on the road.
But before his musical output went IRL, the San Francisco-born artist was just another producer hustling online to get his tracks noticed, using Hype Machine and SoundCloud to gain traction and build a fanbase. It was an influential moment for the man born Dan Griffith, not only for the inroads he made, but the other music he discovered on these platforms — much of it made by artists that would become his musical peers as their careers took off.
"A lot of artists and my friends also came up during the time that both [platforms] were popular, and there was a lot of great music — both official and unofficial — that came from producers just uploading their remixes to get exposure and getting noticed by major labels," Gryffin tells Billboard Dance. "I decided to select a bunch of songs from that time period of both mine and other artists that really defined the early days of the Gryffin project."
Here, in his own words, Gryffin shares talks about eight tracks from this playlist. Listen to the complete playlist below.
Banks, "Beggin for Thread" (Gryffin & Hotel Garuda Remix)
This remix was one of my earliest and the first collaboration I did with my good friends Hotel Garuda. I feel like this was one of the first songs that I uploaded where I remember being like, "Oh wow, I'm actually starting to have fans" after it went No. 1 on Hype Machine.
Disclosure, "You & Me" (Flume Remix)
This remix came out right during the height of Flume's initial online hype, and it's still one of my favorite remixes ever. The complexity of everything in the remix from the melodies to the sound design is absolutely remarkable.
Smallpools, "Dreamin" (The Chainsmokers Remix)
The Chainsmokers were really one of the first artists to start a career off releasing indie remixes, getting to #1 on Hype Machine, and developing a fanbase on SoundCloud. Their old school remixes hold a special place in my heart.
Seinabo Sey, "Younger" (Kygo Remix)
Kygo's remix of "Younger" really pioneered the tropical house wave and was arguably the first big remix for him to break out of the Hype Machine bubble and into the mainstream. I still love listening to this one.
Tove Lo, "Talking Body" (Gryffin Remix)
My remix for Tove Lo was a remix that had an instant reaction online and went #1 on Hype Machine, but it was really when Tove Lo used my remix during her set at Lollapalooza that I knew this remix had the juice.
ZHU was at the pinnacle of the Hype Machine days and is a great case study for how an artist was able to break off it. He went from anonymous producer to Grammy-nominated artist in the first year of his career. Pretty crazy.
Ty Dolla $ign, "Blase" (Louis the Child Remix)
This remix from the LTC boys will forever be one of my favorites. They created a remix that is equally fun as it is hard in the paint.
The Weeknd, "The Hills Have Eyes" (RL Grime Remix)
RL Grime's remix of The Weeknd is arguably one of my favorite future bass remixes of all time and really showed RL's versatility from trap to future bass. This remix goes off.