Everyone agrees: Gryffin is the future of dance music.

It’s an odd conclusion, but one that makes so much sense once you immerse yourself in his work. For the most part, Gryffin (real name Dan Griffith) makes compositions are pretty classic-sounding Saturday night productions, full of swirling strings and breathy vocals backed by a rigid beat. It’s a sound that is just as much Studio 54 as it is Coachella Valley, but his ear for singable melodies and arresting hooks somehow puts him far ahead of his electronic compatriots, as numerous critics and fans have noted online.

Perhaps its his musical heritage — he grew up at the piano, and he’s related to a member of Thrice — that gives him that instinct for making club-ready beats that don’t lose their sense of melody. Most famous for remixing Top 40 hits like Maroon 5‘s “Animals” and Tove Lo‘s inescapable “Talking Body,” 2016 is turning out to be a banner year for him.

But just cause he makes electronic music doesn’t make him a DJ — he plays guitar and piano, among other things, and plays a lot of instruments live on his mixes, rather than just cueing up a track. Some of those instruments come out to play at his live shows, too. He’s closing out his big year with a short tour, hitting The Regency Ballroom this weekend. Dancing shoes required.

To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Gryffin at The Regency Ballroom on November 5, email with “Gryffin” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Gryffin, Lenno
The Regency Ballroom
November 5, 2016
8pm, $20 (18+)

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