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. Today one can find him 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. His vinyl debut, on ‘Nature Calls’ EP, from Degree Records, hit the top 10 Sales Chart and was supported and charted by the likes of Nick Curly, Luciano, Robert Dietz and featured in a review by MixMag. Becoming part of the Natural Rhythm Agency was the next step and the break-through ‘Malediction’ EP (together with Viorel Dragu) that soon followed, marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with the well-known label. The release featured remixes from Hermanez and Horatio and was widely supported and played by artists like Sasha, John Digweed, Sidney Charles, Uner and manymore. Soon after, his new material with Horatio, ‘Cradle In The Wind’ EP, was picked up by none other than Steve Lawler’s VIVa MUSiC Limited, consolidating Gruia’s recognition as an electronic artist.
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. He’s played in venues such as Soho (Brussels), La Folié (Tirana) and, more recently, The Rooftop in Barcelona, as part of the well-known Sonar OFF Week. The 2014 summer season was his first in Ibiza and a rich experience throughout with events in notable locations like Sankeys Ibiza, Santos Hotel, Es Vive, Savannah and radio guest mixes on major stations such as Ibiza Global Radio and Ibiza Sonica. Currently he’s also hosting his own radio show, IN:TENSION, every Sunday, on Radio DEEA.
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.