Life & Work with Grimzlee
Today we’d like to introduce you to Grimzlee.
Hi Grimzlee, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story? Grimzlee began on April 15, 2022, with the release of my first song Break in Me. For five years, I have played in a metal band called Atrial where I have experimented and learned how to grow as an artist. Although I enjoy collaborating with a full band, my musical passions cross into many influences outside the traditional metal genre.
Grimzlee was born when I decided to further pursue my love for alternative music in a manner beyond the sound we had created with Atrial. The song Everlong by the Foo Fighters is how I fell in love with this style of music. It’s an alternative rock song that has a dance feel, and it’s melancholy yet hopeful. It’s the perfect song. My dream is to write a song that makes other people feel exactly the way Everlong made me feel. My songs have a melancholy yet hopeful feel also because of this goal.
Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, there was not a music scene. Thankfully, I became lifelong friends and bandmates with the few people I found who shared the same dream and love of music. I was introduced to bands such as Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me the Horizon and so many more. This is where I grew a love for heavier music and knew the look I wanted to go for. My band Atrial officially began in 2018.
I learned how to write, promote, pitch, record, mix, master, play live and get out of my shell of insecurity. Because of these skills, I have taken Grimzlee much further than I thought imaginable in the first year with only six released songs.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome? To say, it has been a smooth road would be a lie. No one tells you how to navigate being an artist. It’s all trial and error. I have found the most trouble has come from live shows. It’s a tall order to have people come out and see you perform when you are in the beginning stages of growth. When you do have people show up, it is sometimes a hassle to get paid. Most people, like me and my band, didn’t have the privilege of playing nice venues with huge bands when just starting.
You play at venues that make you nervous and you might even feel a bit guilty about having invited people to the show. There was a venue in South Carolina we would play now and then in 2018 and 2019 that was like that. When we were packing up one night, our bassist (now drummer) had a gun pulled on him. Thankfully, the guy ran after the rest of the band and came to see what was happening, but this was a huge lesson learned the hard way. Be careful where you play and pay attention to your surroundings.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do? I specialize in Alternative Rock! I take influence from many places. Rock, metal, electronic, disco, hip-hop, and even more genres help make up my sound. I write, produce, and engineer every piece of my music myself. I’m currently most known for my song Miss Reaper. It has been used by thousands of people on TikTok and as we speak, it is at 1.5 million plays on Spotify.
This song has been a big part of my breaking the streaming milestone of 150,000 monthly listeners. At the moment, I am most proud of my song Mistakes, but my upcoming single Time to Prey is going to become a great rival.
Mistakes have a catchy riff that you can both dance and rock out to. It incorporates every element of music I love. I believe that my writing style and goals with my music are what set me apart from everyone else.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you? If people would like to work with me or collaborate, just reach out on social media, and let’s get to know each other!
When working with artists with a similar style, I welcome a shared love for music and a genuine approach to artistry.
To support me, you can listen to my music on all streaming platforms, pre-save my upcoming single Time to Prey (https://ffm.to/timetoprey), and follow me across socials! Check out my website for my merch as well.
Follow Grimzlee online:
● Instagram: @iamgrimzlee
● Facebook: @iamgrimzlee
● Twitter: @iamgrimzlee
● TikTok: @iamgrimzlee
● Spotify: Grimzlee on Spotify
● Bandcamp: Grimzlee on Basecamp
● Website: grimzlee.com