Gryffin

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Gryffin
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Gryffin performing in 2018
Born
Daniel Griffith

(1987-09-29) September 29, 1987 (age 34)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Occupation
  • DJ
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • music producer
Years active2014–present
Spouse(s)
Stephanie Griffith
(m. 2018)
[1]
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
Websitegryffinofficial.com

Dan Griffith (born September 29, 1987), known by his stage name Gryffin (often stylized in all caps), is an American musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer. He gained recognition for remixing some well-known songs such as Tove Lo's "Talking Body", Maroon 5's "Animals" and Years & Years' "Desire".[2][3]

Background[edit]

Gryffin was born in San Francisco, California to an American father and a Japanese mother.[4] Gryffin grew up as a classically trained pianist and learned to play the guitar at an early age.[5][6][7] He played in bands to initially hone his instrumental abilities. He is a graduate of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California where he spent much of his leisure time in his dorm room to work on music.[8]

When asked on his key lessons of music production, he said: "At the beginning, I just released music with the main goal of having my friends play it at college parties and I never would have imagined it would get to this point". He made his 'world' debut as Gryffin at the SnowGlobe Music Festival 2015.[2]

His stage name was inspired by both his surname and the mythical bird griffin.[4]

History[edit]

2016[edit]

On January 22, 2016, Gryffin released his debut single titled "Heading Home"[9][10] featuring Australian singer Josef Salvat via Darkroom/Interscope Records.[11][12] On May 2, 2016, an official music video was uploaded on his YouTube channel.[13][14] The song peaked at number 22 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart,[15] number 21 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart,[16] number 1 on Spotify Viral 50 chart[17] and number 5 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart.[18] On August 26, 2016, he released a song titled "Whole Heart" with Bipolar Sunshine.[19] In an interview, about the song "Whole Heart", Gryffin said "'Whole Heart’ is a big step for me as an artist, as it represents a developing maturity of my sound and depth of songwriting".[20]

2017[edit]

2017 saw three singles for Gryffin. "Feel Good", a collaboration with DJ Illenium and singer Daya, was released on March 3.[21] "Love in Ruins" with singer Sinéad Harnett was released on July 7[22] and "Nobody Compares to You" with Katie Pearlman was released on October 6.[23]

2018[edit]

2018 proved to be a big year for Gryffin, releasing five singles throughout the year. His first single of the year, "Winnebago" with Quinn XCII and Daniel Wilson was released on April 20.[24] He followed this up with single "Just for a Moment" with Iselin, released June 22,[25] and "Tie Me Down" with Elley Duhé, released on August 3.[26] Two months following the release of "Tie Me Down", Gryffin released a song with Zohara. "Remember" was released on October 26 and eventually topped the US Dance Charts,[27] marking Griffith's first number one hit song.

2019[edit]

In 2019, Gryffin released his full-length debut album, Gravity, to critical acclaim.

2020[edit]

On July 26, 2020, Gryffin announced the release of "Cry", with John Martin, on his Instagram page.[28] He hinted that the track would be the first single from his upcoming second album, and announced July 30, 2020 as the single's release date. On November 19, 2020, Gryffin released “Safe With Me” with Audrey Mika.

2021[edit]

Gryffin released "I Want Love" featuring Two Feet on Feb 10, 2021. He announced the release one day prior on his instagram page.

Personal life[edit]

He moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to be closer to his label and management.[29] He married his wife, Stephanie, in April 2018.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Gryffin produces music in a melodic house style and classifies himself as a melodic house artist.[30] He incorporates sounds of piano and guitar for a 'hybrid of electric and organic' musical style.[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
US
Dance

[32]
CAN
[33]
Gravity 92 1 71

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Gravity, Pt. 1
  • Released: December 14, 2018[34]
  • Label: Darkroom, Geffen
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Dance/
Elec.

[35]
US Dance Club
[36]
NZ
Hot

[37]
SWE
[38]
"Heading Home"[11]
(featuring Josef Salvat)
2016 22 Gravity
(Japanese edition)
"Whole Heart"[19]
(with Bipolar Sunshine)
17
"Feel Good"
(with Illenium featuring Daya)
2017 17 [A] Awake
"Love in Ruins"
(featuring Sinéad Harnett)
33 6 Gravity
(Japanese edition)
"Nobody Compares to You"
(featuring Katie Pearlman)
20 Gravity
"Winnebago"[41]
(featuring Quinn XCII and Daniel Wilson)
2018 38 Non-album single
"Just for a Moment"[42]
(featuring Iselin Solheim)
48 Gravity
"Tie Me Down"[43]
(with Elley Duhé)
15 11
"Remember"
(with Zohara)
22 1
"Bye Bye"[44]
(featuring Ivy Adara)
35
"All You Need to Know"[45]
(with Slander featuring Calle Lehmann)
2019 12
"Hurt People"[46]
(with Aloe Blacc)
28 19
"OMG"
(with Carly Rae Jepsen)
16 1 19
"Baggage"[47]
(with Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge)
32
"Body Back" 14 14
"Hold You Tonight"[48]
(with Chris Lane)
2020 Non-album single
"Cry"[49]
(with John Martin)
12 TBA
"Safe With Me"
(with Audrey Mika)
13
"I Want Love"[50]
(with Two Feet)
2021 35
"Best Is Yet to Come"[51]
(with Kyle Reynolds)
"New Blood"[52]
(with Boy Matthews)
Non-album single
"Piece of Me"[53]
(with Lova)
80
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance

[35]
"You Remind Me"
(featuring Stanaj)
2018 43 Gravity
"Need Your Love"
(with Seven Lions and Noah Kahan)
2019 12

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Feel Good" did not enter the NZ Top 40 or Hot Singles Chart, but peaked at number six on the Heatseeker Singles Chart.[39]

References[edit]

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