For many artists, there is no better feeling than premiering a brand new track that’s been months in the making to a festival with tens of thousands of fans at their beck and call. While this type of “testing the waters” has its downsides, there are numerous benefits as well, including the chance to gauge the crowd’s reaction and judge the popularity of a track before it is officially locked down for a release. Festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, which officially mark the start of the summer festival season, are typically seen as opportunities for producers to test out their new material, and fans walk away from these festivals buzzing with excitement.
For the Slovenian producer, Gramatik, Coachella was the perfect opportunity to debut a track that had been in the making since he was a child. “Native Son” is the first single to be premiered off of Gramatik’s highly-anticipated Epigram EP, and not only features vocals by Orlando Napier, but also features one of Gramatik’s childhood idols from the legendary Wu-Tang clan, Raekwon. As a child, Gramatik was enamored by Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan, as evidenced by the first CD he ever purchased - Wu Tang’s 36 Chambers.
Gramatik felt that Raekwon would be the perfect fit for “Native Son,” and to his surprise, his idol agreed to do a verse for the track, and as the talented producer explains, “The rest is history.”