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 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 pushed on relentlessly on the path towards an expressive, meaningful and touching electronic repertoire.
Although he started producing much earlier, Gruia’s debut release was published only in 2013, after years of work and experimentation. His vinyl debut, ‘Nature Calls’ EP, on Degree Records, hit the top 10 Sales Chart, followed by the break-through ‘Malediction’ EP on Natural Rhythm. The release featured remixes from Hermanez and Horatio and was widely supported and played by artists like Sasha, Dennis Ferrer, Sidney Charles, Uner and manymore. Later in 2014, his new material with Horatio, ‘Cradle In The Wind’ EP, was picked up by none other than VIVa MUSiC Limited, consolidating Gruia’s recognition as an electronic artist. ‘The Ritual’, one of the tracks on the release, went up in the Beatport Top 100 Charts soon after launch. This success was followed by another impressive 4-tracker, this time on the renowned Circus Recordings, enjoying support and airplay from John Digweed, Roger Sanchez and having yet another track featured in the Top 100 charts. In 2015 Gruia continues to grow his presence in the electronic scene, adding labels like Clarisse, Trapez and Monza Ibiza to his portfolio.
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. 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. For the past two years he has been spending his summer seasons in Ibiza drawing inspiration and building experience with events in notable locations like Sankeys Ibiza, Bora Bora, Santos Hotel, Es Vive, Savannah, Dharma and radio guest mixes on major stations such as Ibiza Global Radio and Ibiza Sonica. Internationally, He’s played in venues such as Mendeleev (Moscow), Soho (Brussels), La Folié (Tirana) and the well-known Sonar OFF Week in Barcelona.
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.