The Holdup is the solo project of Michael Garmany. Coming from San Jose, CA, he has built a cult following writing and producing his own brand of groovy, melody driven, pop music, borrowing influences from R&B, reggae, and hip hop. Often mistaken for a group, The Holdup has been a one-man labor in the studio, with Garmany writing, producing, performing and engineering everything you hear on his albums. His catchy hooks and unapologetic lyrics have helped him sell out mainstay venues across the U.S. as well as clock in over 60 million worldwide streams and counting.
A Seattle-based rapper, singer, producer, Grieves was born in Chicago. Thanks to his arts-loving father, he was introduced to the city’s jazz clubs at a young age, but after moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, he had to wait until he turned 19 to land in a city with a more suitable musical climate, Seattle. It was there that his love of punk and hip-hop flourished, especially the latter, thanks to a fertile local community and a home studio.
Following the 2005 EP Every Hell Has Its Springtime, Grieves’ debut full-length, Irreversible, appeared in 2007 with a special guest appearance from underground favorite Mr. Lif. A year later, his album 88 Keys and Counting arrived, featuring backing tracks from producer Budo. Atmosphere’s label gave 88 Keys a wider release in 2010, and also issued Grieves’ The Confessions of Mr. Modest EP that same year. Budo was back for 2011’s Together/Apart, which was packaged with a DVD containing a documentary and music videos. Grieves’ 2014 release, Winters & the Wolves, was a conceptual coming-of-age album that he co-produced with B. Lewis. After guesting on Atmosphere’s 2016 single “Fireflies,” Grieves released his fifth full-length, Running Wild, in 2017. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi