Gramatik catapults into 2019 with what’s likely to be the most prolific year yet for the Slovenian-born artist. Kicking off the year with the release
Denis Jašarević, known by his stage name Gramatik, is a Slovenian electronic music producer, originally from Portorož, Slovenia. He currently resides in New York City. At the age of 13, Jašarević started producing hip-hop music using an early PC. He later began sharing his tracks through the online music store Beatport, which helped him gain a following in the United States and Europe. Beatport is what Jašarević cites as his gateway to emerging as an electronic artist and landing his first US agent, Hunter Williams.
After Jašarević signed with his new agency, he moved to New York City and released his debut studio album Expedition 44 in July 2008, as well as his second studio album Street Bangerz Vol. 1 in December 2008. SB1 charted on Beatport’s Top 100 Chill Out chart for six months. In an interview with Britt Chester, Jašarević said, “I didn’t even expect the album to sell one track on Beatport, nothing else was sold on beatport except techno and house. When I dropped my album and it started selling, I was really surprised, since I’d never seen a hip-hop album sell on Beatport. So when it sold, I was like ‘Wow!’ These were hip-hop beats, but it was labeled ‘Chill Out’ on Beatport. People saw it and thought it was awesome good chill out music, which is fine for me. I didn’t expect it at all, and I didn’t expect someone to reach out to me as a booking agent.”