Grandtheft

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Grandtheft
Birth nameAaron Waisglass
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Digital audio workstation
Labels

Aaron Waisglass, better known by his stage name Grandtheft, is a Canadian DJ and musician based in Toronto.[2] He is signed to Diplo's record label Mad Decent.[4] He gained recognition as a trap artist, for remixing songs like "Summer", "Sweet Nothing" and "Bitch Better Have My Money" and having songs charted around the world.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Grandtheft grew up in Brockville, Ontario, Canada and went to high school at Brockville Collegiate Institute before going to McGill University in Montreal, where he started to learn about DJing and club music.[6] He is classically trained on the piano and started writing music at 11 years old. He also played in bands during high school. He was interested in rap and dance music before he was introduced to the rave culture by an older student in school. He later got himself a sampler and started using it.[6] Grandtheft has DJed since the early 2000s and built a name for himself in Canada as part of the Team Canada DJ's duo. He has been booked to support huge acts (U2, Arcade Fire, The Roots, Raekwon, Black Eyed Peas, Lupe Fiasco, K-OS, Jurassic 5, Metric, Bedouin Soundclash, DJ AM, Kardinal Offishal, Jack Johnson, Wyclef Jean, RJD2, Avicii and The Chainsmokers) and supplied the soundtrack for a long list of high-profile parties for celebrities including one of Paris Hilton's birthday parties. His former duo, Team Canada played major events nationwide including Canada Day on Parliament Hill for a crowd of 100 000+. They were also selected as the Official DJs of The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler.[7]

He uses Ableton as his digital audio workstation and several plugins including Serum and UAD. He also uses instruments like vintage synthesizers such as Roland Jupiter 6, DX7 and moogs.[6]

Career[edit]

2015[edit]

Grandtheft collaborated with director Timur Musabay, who previously helped film his low-budget music video in 2012, to create a 'stunning virtual reality experience' for the single "Summer In The Winter".[8]

On 30 October 2015, he released "Quit This City" as a single off his debut EP of the same name, via Mad Decent/Pirates Blend.[9] A music video for the song was also released, featuring pop singer Lowell. It was filmed in Barcelona and directed by John Poliquin.[9]

He collaborated with Sleepy Tom in the future bass single "Hold On".[10]

2016[edit]

Grandtheft collaborated with Major Lazer to release "Number One", a remake of Johnny Osbourne's 1985 dancehall classic, as a single.[11] It was premiered at the 2016 Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

2017[edit]

He released a single titled "Easy Go", a future bass collaboration with fellow Canadian, Delaney Jane.[12][13] The official music video was released on 23 January 2017, through Mad Decent's YouTube channel.[14] The video was produced, directed and edited by Tyler Hynes.[15] The song debuted at 46th on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[16] It is Grandtheft's second song to enter the chart, the first being "Mobbin", a collaboration with Headspin that debuted on the chart at 27th in 2014.[16] The song started to gain airplay on pop radio. Grandtheft and Delaney Jane also supported The Chainsmokers on select dates during their Memories...Do Not Open Tour to promote the song.[17] It featured a remix from Hunter Siegel.[18]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Quit This City[19]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
[20]
"Gangsta Muzik" 2011 Non-album singles
"Splash"
"Deep"
(with Christian Rich)
2013
"Mobbin"
(featuring Hedspin)
"Give Me More"
"Find a Way"
(with Cosmo Baker featuring Jeanette Day)
2014
"Keep It 100"
(with Keys N Krates)
"Let Me Tell You Something"
(with Jackal)
"Hold On"
(with Sleepy Tom)
2015 Quit This City
"Easy Go"
(with Delaney Jane)
2016 28 Non-album singles
"Square One"
(with MAX)
2017
"She Knows"
(featuring Just Chase)
2018
"Jackson Pollock"[21]
(featuring Cadence Weapon)
"—" denotes an recording that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grandtheft Shares Immersive 360° Vr Music Video, 'summer in the Winter". Magnetic Magazine. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  2. ^ a b Ortiz, Edwin (5 February 2015). "Premiere: Listen to Grandtheft and LAMBO's "Butterscotch"". Complex. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  3. ^ Kyte, Kathryn (July 24, 2014). "Putting the Beats in Motion: Up Close with Grandtheft". Thump. Vice. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  4. ^ a b Murthi, Rajrishi (2017-01-31). "Grandtheft Is Heading To India For A 3-City India Tour! - The Bangin Beats". The Bangin Beats. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  5. ^ Weiner, Natalie (11 August 2015). "Grandtheft & Sleepy Tom Join Forces to 'Hold On': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  6. ^ a b c "Grandtheft Says "Big Room Corny EDM Is Dying" and There's Nothing Wrong with That". Magnetic Magazine. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  7. ^ Schlein, Zach (2016-08-26). "Grandtheft on Finding Balance Between His Inner DJ and Producer". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  8. ^ Bein, Kat (28 July 2016). "Grandtheft's VR Video for 'Summer in the Winter' Will Blow Your Mind". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  9. ^ a b "Grandtheft Shares Dark Video for Lowell Collaboration "Quit This City" | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  10. ^ Rishty, David (10 March 2016). "Grandtheft Releases 2.0 Remix of 'Hold On' With Sleepy Tom: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  11. ^ Rishty, David (18 March 2016). "Listen to Major Lazer's Collaboration With Grandtheft, 'Number One'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  12. ^ Bein, Kat (4 November 2016). "Fall Hard in Love with Grandtheft & Delaney Jane on 'Easy Go': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  13. ^ Jones, Connor (2016-11-07). "Grandtheft And Delaney Jane Team Up On New Single "Easy Go"". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  14. ^ "New Music Video | Grandtheft & Delaney Jane Straddle The SFW Line - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  15. ^ Mad Decent (2017-01-23), Grandtheft & Delaney Jane - Easy Go (Official Music Video), retrieved 2017-02-04
  16. ^ a b "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Yogi, Grandtheft & Delaney Jane and Tipper". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  17. ^ Cantor, Brian (2017-01-16). "The Chainsmokers, Jon Bellion, Grandtheft, Clean Bandit Singles Added By Chicago's B96". Headline Planet. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  18. ^ Yau, Jeffrey (2017-01-28). "Hunter Siegel Teases Remix of 'Easy Go' In Video Recap". Your EDM. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  19. ^ DeVille, Chris (2015-10-29). "Stream Grandtheft Quit This City EP (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereo Gum. Archived from the original on 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  20. ^ "Dance/Electronic Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  21. ^ Powell, Karlie (2018-11-24). "Grandtheft Delivers Trapped Out Work of Art With "Jackson Pollock" ft. Cadence Weapon". Your EDM. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-29.