Good music is felt and not heard. At an early age Slovenia born Gramatik showed precocious signs of a musician, absorbing radio transmissions of old Funk or Rhythm & Blues joints, and taking classic piano classes. After two years of this and later private piano lessons of early Rock and Rhythm & Blues, he helped form the youngest band in history at his elementary school. While still in middle and high school he discovered Hip Hop and left his band to become one of the first MC’s on the Slovenian coast. By 1998 he and his classmate formed a duo called Bow Down and threw the first Hip Hop party in the history of his hometown. That same year he also met his first audio sequencing software program and with humble beginnings started to produce two years later. Captured by the craft and magic of producing he discovered sampling, which became his one true love in the music making process, chopping up all those old Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz tracks he used to listen to all the time and making something completely new.
In 2006, Gramatik and two of his friends, fellow MCs, took up the name 5th Element and released their debut Hip Hop album, which was critically acclaimed throughout the country as one of the best Hip Hop albums in Slovenia. Shortly after, his appetite for music started to grow and he began to produce House, Techno, Breakbeat, Electro, Drum’n’Bass and any genre he liked which was anything that evolved from Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk since those “father genres” were embedded deep in his style. His first ever release on Beatport.com in June 2008 was an Electro House track remix landing a #24 spot on the Electro House Top 100 Chart. Shortly after his ‘Letz Get Ill’ track and ‘Dreams About Her’ EP also found success, with his EP topping the Chill Out 100 chart for three weeks. In December 2008 he released his first full length album Street Bangerz Vol. 1 on Vitamin D’s Cold Busted label and saw it catapult straight to the #1 spot on the Top 100 Chill Out chart and for a prolonged time after, selling over 27,000 tracks worldwide in less than six months just on Beatport. Following were equally compelling and successful ‘Street Bangerz Vol. 2 & 3’ in 2009 and 2010 winning Beatport Music Awards 2010 nominations for ‘Best Chill Out Artist’ and ‘Chill Out Track’ and taking second place for both categories.
He has a 2009 U.S. tour under his belt and an exciting No Shortcuts Fall 2010 tour following his highly anticipated ‘No Shortcuts’ album released September 29th, 2010 a pit stop in the inspiring and ongoing journey for the one called Gramatik.