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From the tender age of 3, Slovenia’s Gramatik was ingesting American music—funk, jazz, soul and blues—like many Eastern Europeans chow down on prized imports such as Mickey D’s Big Macs. But it wasn’t until 2010, when he produced his first tracks—“hip-hop beats on steroids”—on the Street Bangerz mixtape series, that it all started coming together like “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—all on a sesame-seed bun.” Pretty Lights Music promptly signed him; he’s released two chill-out vibe albums—#digitalfreedom and Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1—that have shown him mature stylistically and in production value. He’s now even using live instrumentation, “because I felt that classic hip-hop beats without vocals lose me after two minutes. I want to keep the listener through the whole track!” he says. Pshh—easy. Griz and Steezo & Crisis are also on the bill.

Date: May 7, 2012
Time: 9 pm
Phone: 801-746-0557
Address: 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: The Urban Lounge