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Bucharest, Romania

House, Tech House

Waldliebe Familien
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Gruia is an emerging House Music producer and DJ from Bucharest, heavily influenced by Romanian and East-European traditional and modern culture.

Gruia’s story starts with the many nights spent locked in the first professional studio where he got to work, learn and experiment back in 2006, with a passion for abstract beats and melodies rooted in his early teens. Since those first steps he has spent countless hours building a signature sound and constantly improving his technique and today you can find him pushing on in his underground studio in Bucharest, putting the final touches on upcoming mixes for labels like Viva Music or Circus Recordings.

Although he started producing much earlier, Gruia’s debut release was published only in 2013, after years of work and experimentation, because Gruia’s quest was never a hunt for hype or overnight success, but a journey toward truly expressive, meaningful and touching electronic music. His first ‘Phoenix’ EP, released on Waldliebe Familien, received support from the likes of Sasha, Steve Lawler, Marco Carola and many more and the vinyl release ‘Nature Calls’, from Degree Records, went up to number 6 in the Top 100 Sales Chart. Slowly, Gruia’s recognition as an electronic artist builds, as his new collaboration with Horatio, ‘The Ritual’ EP, forthcoming on Viva Music, is already receiving critical support.

Although feeling most at home in the studio, Gruia is no stranger to the stage. Naturally, his love for blending records has grown simultaneously with his passion for production and engineering, and it’s when seeing him play live that you can truly sample a glimpse of Gruia’s musical inclination. On more than one occasion, he’s been known to take the party from an empty floor to a full crowd in only minutes. Weather opening an event or coming in at peak time, his energy when stepping up to the decks is contagious and his sets are known to get people moving right from the first track. On top of his rolling Tech House grooves you sometimes might hear sounds inspired by Gruia’s Romanian origins, unusual instruments or melodies mixed into a unique and exotic blend.

Having the experience of performances in clubs as well as open-air events, both local and abroad, Gruia loves the crowd. He’s played in venues such as Soho (Brussels), La Folié (Tirana), Kanya (Ibiza) and smaller underground gigs in Romania. Currently he’s hosting his own radio show, IN:TENSION, every Sunday evening, on Radio DEEA, while the 2014 summer season will find Gruia in Ibiza with new collaborations and developments on the horizon.

With fresh materials upcoming on some of the industry’s major labels, Gruia develops his music determined to leave a mark in the local and international scene, despite the flood of new (and not always quality) music it’s currently faced with.