NiT GriT a.k.a. Danny Beall has been giving his listeners emotional dubstep melodies that transpire with crushing bass feeling. The instrumentation and composition within NiT GriT’s tracks can evoke emotions of love, hope, confusion, loss, anger, primal connection, and much much more. It’s refreshing to find bass music searching for something elevating and beyond, and you can certainly feel and become inspired by this in NiT GriT’s music. You can find this melodic bass artist headlining at the Gem and Jam Festival in Tuscon Arizona Feb 7th-9th. Euphonic Conceptions is putting on this interactive festival, and bringing great artists together from different realms of the art world. Artists like Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Damon Soul will be doing live paintings while bass music producers NiT GriT, Michal Menert, VibesquaD, Random Rab, and Polish Ambassador fill the festival with their crunchy bass sets. Please be enlightened by NiT GriT’s beautiful sound’s below, check out his artist interview, and see him perform at the Gem and Jam Festival coming soon to Tuscon.
How would you describe your distinct sound(s)?
I think with my music, it’s a balancing act between melodic and aggressive, a combination between melodic pads, leads and unique heavy bass synths. Overall, it gets overwhelming sometimes, but I that’s the element of my music that drives me to progress.
Would you say the emotions felt in your songs come from everyday emotions or do they transpire from a darker place?
I guess a little bit of both. My music is extremely emotionally driven. It’s a way for me to vent out what I am feeling at the time and sometimes those emotions come from a very dark place. I don’t want to say that all my music is depressing or angry, because a lot of it also comes from inspirational or beautiful places. When I start a track I usually only start with a few elements that set the foundation of the song. From there, I just let the rest take over. It’s actually quite amazing how a few elements can change the whole song’s dynamic, influencing the finished product.
What unique quality do you think you bring to the stage during your shows?
I like to put a lot of energy into my performance when I’m on stage. I focus on the the track that’s playing and let myself be absorbed by it. I don’t know if you can call what I’m doing on stage dancing (hahaha) but it’s definitely me expressing myself physically through what I’m feeling. I like to think that the audience picks up on it and it adds to the live set.
If you could meet up with and collab with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
That’s a hard question to answer. I have 3 artists that come to mind off the top of my head. Michal Menert, NastyNasty and Starkey. Each have their own individual style and sound, and have mastered their craft. The funny thing is they are all my personal friends too! I better try and get on some collabs with them immediately hahaha!
What would you say is the hardest part about being on the road or being on tour?
Believe it or not I’m actually quite the hermit and love to be home. Traveling was very hard for me at first. Waking up at ungodly hours to get to the airport and fly to all day to the east coast (or wherever) and land late in the day or at night, then to head straight to the venue, play the show, interact with the fans (which is the best part of it all but still draining) and head back to a hotel at 3am, just to get up at 6 to make it to the next flight…. It was something I had never experienced before and was a little overwhelming.
Now after having the experience, I thrive off of it! I’m traveling to places across the country I would have never seen, meeting new friends, meeting grateful fans who have completely changed my life, and playing epic festivals and venues I would have never imagined I would be playing. I feel very blessed and every time I travel to a new place I have nothing but gratitude and a sense of an adventure. You never know what’s going to happen, but instead of fearing it, I try to embrace it.
Have you ever wanted to infuse live instruments into your sets?
I’ve thought about it. I’m originally a guitarist, so I’ve always thought I could incorporate that into my live shows but I haven’t figured out a way to execute it so it would would flow with my productions. There is talk about adding a drummer to the Pizza Party sets in the future. We have practiced a little but Stephan Jacobs and I are still trying to find that balance in our own live set. It does bring a huge element of intensity to the music and I would like to make that work in the near future. So the answer to that question is yes but if I’m going to do it, I want I to do it right.
What do you think your listeners experience while listening to your music?
For my sets I try to showcase a variety of my music so it’s not repetitive and doesn’t get stale. I have tracks that are intense, melodic, soulful and even psychedelic at some points. So I think to the listener, the type of experience they have is very subjective, but I at least give them the whole spectrum of sounds so they can interpret it anyway they like.
When your producing a track do you have a solid idea about the track before you put it together or does the process unfold as it gets pieced together?
I usually get into the studio and just start experimenting. I usually stumble across a sound or a phrase that really resonates with me and let it take its course from there. That at least builds a foundation for a track. As I add to the track, some original parts might be recycled into a whole new idea for the song. My process of making music isn’t quite as conventional as other producers but its just how I make my tracks. It’s interesting to hear how a track starts out, then what the finished product becomes.
Would you say your music is emotionally driven or compelled?
It’s definitely emotionally driven. The music I make is just a reflection of myself. From the studio to the stage, I try to express myself to the best of my abilities.
What’s next in the works for NiT GriT?
Right now is a transformative time for me. I’m going through a lot of transitions in life. That definitely reflects on my productions – trying to find balance. Im realizing the music I made when I started producing, or what I’m making today, might not be what I will be making in the future, so I’ve gone back to the drawing board and started experimenting with new styles/genres. Ive set a lot of goals for myself for this next year but what I know for certain is I will be releasing new music in the near future. Stephan Jacobs and I are almost finished with the 3rd Pizza Party EP and on top of that I have a lot of collabs in the works. It should be a great year!