Dreamcast - Getting to Know Grisver

  • What made you want to become a musician?

    • Creative expression and how challenging it is to learn new production skills.
    • It's also a pretty great feeling when people tell you how much the love your music and how it impacted their lives and attatched itself to strong memories for them.

    Which instruments did you play in high school?

    • I had this friend named Alex Rijma who taught me gutiar in high school, but we never had the time to get deep into it. I only started playing instruments seriously in 2015.

    What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?

    • Before that mark, I aim to become the biggest artist in Africa and my team ahs a detailed plan on how we shall achieve that.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?

    • I love gaming, watching football, fitness, painting and playing with my niece and nephews.

    What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great musician?

    • I am unique at my approach. You will not find an artist in Malawi that is as diverse and knowledgable at music as a whole, as I am
    • I also love to experiment and takes risks. The sound that people loved me for last year is not in the album at all. A typical artist would try to stick to the safe route of 'somehing that worked' but I find that boring so I explored and developed a new sound for this year - the same shall apply to next year.

    Do you have any weaknesses that you're actively working to improve on?

    • Time management! It's so hard to come home from work and be creative but also be able to satisfy your proffessional/work life objectives and also satisfy the proffesional side of your art at the same time. I have struggled since July 2021 but I am getting better with time.

    Which instrument is your favorite to play and why?

    • Definitely acoustic guitars! The sound just hits me in a way that I cannot explain. They're also so portable and you can play it without limitations of power, etc.

    What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

    • I'd say; The ability to express myself in ways that other people can relate to as well, but from a creative perspective.

    Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.

    • Meeting artists that challenge me to become a better producer, instrumentalist, brand entity etc. Teh coolest part about this is that it will never end, and I love that!

    Name of the album

    • The album is titled "Knight Of Long Knives"

    What inspired you to record it

    • My dad is really big on classical music and I've beene exposed to it from a young age...however society has also driven me to produce more 'youthful' sound music (EDM, Afrobeats, Hiphop, Trap etc) - This album was therefore a blend of those 2 respective sides of music (Old & Young)

    The number of songs you have

    • The project has a total of 18 compositions.

    How many artists have you incorporated in your album project

    • I can't say for sure...but off the top of my head, well over 20. Some choirs and other artists were invovled as well but they were listed uncredited artists.

    Which instrument is your least favorite to play and how do you make sure you play it well?

    • Drums! I haven't spent enough time playing them but after the album I'll take sometime off and polish up my coordination better.

    Where are you from and how does that affect your work?

    • I'm from Malawi. It's quite tough 6o thrive here with the music I make (EDM) but as of late things have gotten better and I've also gotten a lot of international support lately after signing a deal with Veridian Records, based in Texas, USA.

    Who are your biggest artistic influences?

    • My biggest influences include: Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flume, Marshmello, OdiSee, Logic, Sia, Patience Namadingo, etc.

    Tell me about your favorite medium.

    • Twitter! I love how open it is to interaction with fans and complete strangers.

    Where do you find inspiration?

    • Literally everywhere. I once made a song about chicken because my aunt came to my room and said it smells like chicken haha

    When is your favorite time of day to create?

    • It used to be aftter midnight since it's quiet and I can focus but as I've gotten elder, I ahve become more of a morning person.

    Describe how art is important to society.

    • It's absolutely vital! Art is so expressive and the youth of the modern day need a platform to express themselves freely. Not jus tin music but in all forms of art such as dancing, visual art, sketch art, acting, etc.

    What motivates you to create?

    • A never-ending desire to improve myself. I will never stop challenging myself to be better than I was yesterday! The music I make is quite complex and requires insane amounts of though process, research and development so there is always room for development.

    How do you define success as an artist?

    • Mostly, its about achieving your objectives. For me, making the album was the most challenging thing I ahve ever done in my enitre life. Now that it is done, it's a success to me before people even experience or hear it.
    • This is really tough but I always joke with people that I'll never consider myself a celebrity until I can walk into my favorite restaurant and be offered free meals everytime haha

    Does art help you in other areas of your life?

    • Absolutely! Art helped me meet some of my closest friends to date, because we understand each other on a personal/expressive level. These are friends I will keep in my life forever.

    How do you develop your art skills

    • I stay open-minded to learn from anything and draw inspirationf from things outside music as well. Recently I learned to sketch and paint and that inspired me to make a certain asong as well, so the skill development is radical during inception but becomes refined as I drill it down deeper into what I am creating