OUR STORY

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."-Albert Camus

We each have our own history. My brother, Dave and I, I mean. We each have had our own problems with authority and our own stories to tell because of it. Not to say we're sociopaths, what I mean is we each have our owns dreams, visions, and talents that very much differ from the majority of those around us, and even differ between the three of us in general. We all have different perspectives of the world. And even though we might view things differently, our views happen to work really well in correlation to one another. Its almost as if, we were destined to come together and live our lives along side each other. And I've always felt that way.

See, when I was 17 or 18 years old, I had a dream one night. I had went to bed the night before and I had a dream. About what you might be asking yourself?

 

I had a dream I was sitting in my brother's bedroom, with a guitar in hand, talking to a colleague about the future. In this dream, someone who I haven't really hung out with much before, or someone that I didn't really have a large rapport with, was communicating their interest in starting a band with my brother and I. In this dream, we talked and realized we shared the same passions, the same goals and the same disdain for authority. And in this dream, we agreed to peruse these goals together. The three of us as one. Working towards a common outcome. What happened next? I woke up...And surely enough, a few months after experiencing that dream, my brother and I had welcomed a new addition into our band. Who was this third addition? If you haven't guessed it by now, it was Dave. Now, let me remind you that when that dream had occurred all those months ago, Dave and I were not close in the least. My brother kind of knew him because they were in the same grade together. But I only knew of him. Because we went to the same school together but never talked.

 

I don't know if you believe in fate or destiny or whether you even believe my story. But what I do know is, our connecting with one another was not by chance. Rather it was a predetermined.

You might be asking yourself. "Predetermined? By what? Who?" Honestly, I really have no idea. Not a clue. In fact, it doesn't even matter. That's the wrong question to ask. What you should be asking next is "do I have a destiny as well?"  

The answer, while simple if you really think about it, is not something I can give you, or your parents, or your school teachers, or your lawyer, your priest or anyone for that matter. The only person who can give you that answer...is you. YOU hold the key to your destiny. The trick is, finding out what you're good at, what you love, what pulls you in and what makes you feel fulfilled. People have this misconception that they need to constantly push themselves, and being successful is a battle of willpower and whoever can push themselves the most wins. How wrong that is. There is only so much willpower can do. If you hate your job all the willpower in the world isn't going to change that. If you're reaching for a piece of gold that actually has no substantial meaning to you in the long run, all the willpower in the world isn't going to give you that last inch you need to get it. Pushing yourself only gets you so far. Its when you believe in something to such a degree that you feel like you are being PULLED to it, that you will finally know what you should be doing with your life.

Which brings me to my next point...Fear. People fear a lot of things. And rightfully so. The world can be a scary place. But, as Seneca the Younger says in his book The Shortness of Life:"The problem is you're living as if you're destined to live forever. Your own frailty never occurs to you. You don't notice how much time has already past yet you squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply. You act like mortals in all that you fear and immortals in all that you desire." What does he mean by that? Everyone can have their own interpretations but for me, Seneca is talking about how people frivolously waste time on activities, jobs, girlfriends, boyfriends, ungrateful friends, or whatever that either: 1. don't help them reach their goals and 2. bring them down. Go outside, you can see it on virtually everyone's face. How they're not LIVING life. They are simply passing time. What a dreadful way of living that must be. To wake up every morning, knowing your life is not your own but continue along the path of passivity with no hope, no plans, no ultimate sense of the big picture. Let us pray for those who are lost, good thing you aren't...except...you probably are... If you have read this far, you probably are lost but there are two good things about your situation. The first being, you know something isn't right and you want to make a change. The second..its not necessarily your fault. Let me explain  

I want you to think really hard about history. Take a look at who has controlled wealth throughout history. To keep this short, I'll skip to a few thousands years ago. You had chiefs of tribes. They controlled these things. Fast forward a little bit more, you had warriors like Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. They invaded and conquered foreign lands which gave them control over wealth. Later you had explorers like Francisco Pizzaro and Vasco Nunez de Balboa who controlled the wealth. Next you had Kings and Matriarchs. Then banking families like the Rothschilds who past down their wealth from generation to generation. Then you have the Robert Barrons of the world, Carnegie, Rockefeller all the way up until the modern world. After them it was Industrialist. People like Henry Ford. And finally, in the 1950's, you had the rise of the Corporation. That is the reality that your parents, and you and I, grew up in. The 9 to 5 job. The "Salary Slave". Where the answer to having the good life was going to school and working for one of these powerful corporations. The thing about this corporation mindset and going to school to get the "good life" is, you are only being taught to be someone else's employee. Its the corporate game. You're not creating the good life for yourself, but wealth for the head honcho. Now why isn't that your fault? Because this system was designed to do as such. You grew up in it and because of that, you didn't know any better. But you know what? There is something better than the corporate mindset and that is the FREEDOM mindset. Right now a lot of people are trapped within that corporate mindset, which is to say that they're also trapped in that timeline. That 1950's era. The reason for this is because our educational system has failed us. The system in general has failed us. Its broken. And the so to speak brainwashing of that mindset is what holds people back. Modern schools do not prepare you to acquire the good life of health, wealth, love and happiness. They COULD. But they don't. If you study history its obvious why. The current educational system was created by the British. They wanted to create cookie cutter paper pushers to run their empires for them. And by keeping the masses passive, lost, and even a little hopeless, they could effectively create a workforce that ensured their empire's profit, while leaving the individual broken. They replaced practical and real world education with all the nonsense you and I were taught to learn growing up. And for whatever reason this intensely outdated curriculum is still in use today.

 

Except, its not for an unknown reason. Its because big powerful people see its value. They want you to be passive. They don't want you to think differently. We, however, do. The world doesn't need more paper pushers. It needs good, individualistic people like you, creating opportunities for themselves and the people around them. The world needs YOU to find your calling, give it all you got, and pick up people who are down along the way.

So where am I going with this? I want to explain. Now, this is the most important part of this entire rant, so please...pay attention... As of today and the last few years, we live in a new world. Something completely unheard of has risen on the timeline that has NEVER been on there before. We now have the rise of the SELF-MADE persons. In as little words as possible, I'm talking about FREEDOM. And not just a piece of paper like a government's declaration of independence. I'm talking about practical, real, live your life the way you want to, freedom.  

There has literally never been a better time to be alive than the present time. Right now is the best time to be alive for anyone who has the guts, the determination, the courage..to go their own way. To do their own thing. There's no need to feel bogged down by the dogma of those before you who seem perpetually concerned with security. Salary Slaves. Don't get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to live an average life in an average setting. The world does need everyday workers. We're not talking to everyone. Not everyone needs to read this. We're looking for that creative mind who was told there was no money in their passion. There was no way to make a living off their art. We're here to tell you that you CAN follow your passions and still be quite successful. That does not mean its going to be easy. Far from it. Its going to take all your might, all your will, all your attention. BUT, you can't deny the fact that it is completely possible. And if there is any reason we're here, besides our perceived destiny, it is to show all of you out there, who know they want something more from life, that it is completely possible.

So, ask yourself this..do you want to be another number filed under the status quo? Do you want to make someone else a fortune, help them live lavishly while you live averagely? Or do you want something more? The choice is yours.

What will you choose?

     

Honestly, we're just three great friends who came together to share our lives, stories, and visions. Grimshaw is much more than a "band" to us. Its a lifestyle. A way of life. A declaration of our convictions in every aspect of our being. This might sound crazy to those who have never felt this before but...we feel it was fate that brought us here. And inevitably, its fate that brings you here as well. If we speak to your soul, past a human's mundane desires, then we thank you for allowing us that opportunity. Remember, the people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world, even if its one person at a time, actually do it. With that said, we just want to give back to the people who support us among all the haters we have and Debbie-Downers in the world. So please, accept this offer below as a show of our gratitude and continued loyalty to YOU, the fan.

Why We do this

We get asked all sorts of questions pretty consistently. One of them that continuously stands out from the others is, "why do you do what you do"? From industry influencers, to fans, to close family, it seems to be on everyone's mind. Maybe that stems from the fact that our story is not really typical of musicians. Sure the background of loving music since childhood and having an affinity for learning is typical of most musicians/bands. The part of our story that draws the most attention is how we truly believe our lives were meant to intertwine coupled with our undying vision of a better world filled with comfortable in their skin, free, successful, and passionate individuals/groups. Part of what we try to get others to see is that everyone is entitled to find their own source of happiness, and as long as you're not hurting anyone or yourself, you have the right to live the life you want to live and be successful BECAUSE of it. So for anyone else who wants to know, we're letting this go on the record.. Our goal is to SPREAD GREAT MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT AND INSPIRING LIFESTYLES THROUGH ANY MEANS POSSIBLE. Whether its playing live, making videos, creating vlogs, content, sharing ideas, sharing our hopes and dreams. Documenting the journey for all to see. To show that you shouldn't be afraid to go out there and do you. Don't fear mistakes. Don't fear failure. Its all part of the process. We want people to realize that they can have the good life in many ways, especially by following their own visions and dreams. Its not going to be easy but nothing worth fighting for is ever easy. To end on a cliche, to most, would seem very lackadaisical, but in this moment, its actually quite fitting. It just seems right. And as you go through your journey, document it. Release content on it. Inspire others to go out in the world and make something of themselves. Don't fear rejection. Don't worry about what others say. Just do what feels right. Thank you.

GREAT MUSIC
Whether something is great or bad is purely subjective...unless of course you're like any of us, with such a wide range and understanding of all different forms of music. We listen to everything. As long as its the best of the best, we can dig it, you know? So while art is subjective, it would be a damn lie to say there aren't some more people inclined to have a higher or more accurate opinion than the majority. Without coming off too douche-y, we'd like to make a declaration that we are part of that higher inclination. But so are you, if you're even on our website and heard of Grimshaw, you probably have better taste than most. Because we listen, learn, and take from any form of music as long as the damn thing is good and speaks to us we're considered a PROGRESSIVE HARD ROCK band with a variety of different undertones from Alternative Metal/Metal to Hip Hop.
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT
We feel like sometimes people forget that music is just a segment in entertainment. Yes its art and has a level of spirituality to it because its art (NOT RELIGION, We're talking about the human spirit being represented in a form of art) but its also a form of entertainment, which means is congruent with most other forms of entertainment. Thats why musicals exist , scores for movies, etc. The point we want to make is it shouldn't been seen as weird when a band decides to make a vlog, or a mini-series or movie, or make some memes, write some articles, and even star in a movie. Not that we want to star in movies (unless its James Bond...we can all be 3 James Bonds..) but we enjoy creating and content of all kinds. It will always be inline with our vision so don't worry. But we love the act of being creative and will utilize it in anyway we see fit. So hold on because its definitely going to be a real fun ride!
INSPIRING LIFESTLYES
Living a life, that lets you tap out of bed in the morning, is what everyone should aspire to acquire. However, its not a matter of acquiring as much as it is CREATING. You want to create the person you envision yourself being 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and even 50 years from now. Not only do we try to document our own lifestyles that are hopefully inspiring to others. We want others to follow our lead and create their own extraordinary lifestyle. Of course this is a concept with a large net, meaning that an inspired and inspiring lifestyle really depends on the person building it. As long as you put the work in, surround yourself with loyal, trustworthy, loving people, and follow a proven pathway laid out by your role models, mentors, or whoever it may be. You can create the life you want and the YOU you want to be. Inspire yourself. Inspire others. Inspire the world.

We enjoy writing. Its part of our journey of entertainment, business, and inspiration. So, with that said, we have reviews of all kind, albums, concerts, movies, etc. We have business articles dealing with the music industry and detailing our journey through all its madness as independent artist. Giving tips and tricks on how to do so properly while still maintaining an air of humility because we're still working through all the bullshit as much as any independent artist. In fact, every independent artist is sort of in the same game. Its just some are doing better than others. For example; Taylor Swift (yes she is a independent artist, surprisingly enough and you know what? SHES CRUSHIN' IT. Give credit where credit is due). And last but not least, we enjoy writing articles written to inspire. They also act as the necessary kick-in-the-ass that people with big dreams need every now and then. Even us. Regardless of where you start in our blogging archive we can guarantee that all the way through, it'll be 100% entertaining.

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MEET GRIMSHAW

Say hello to Grimshaw ya'll!

Adriana
Adriana

Guitar/Vox/Business

    JOHN
    JOHN

    VOX/INSANITY

      DAVE
      DAVE

      Bass/Engineer

        Brooklyn, New York