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DJ to Watch: Graves

To know the depth of Graves as a producer and DJ are to know Christian’s Mochizuki journey to this highly admired solo project. Nearly a decade ago, when Kanye West was working on his 5th album, Christian landed what many of us would consider a “dream job” as West’s assistant. Fast forward a couple years and eventually, Christina solidified himself as not only a trusted member of the West entourage but also as a full-time sound engineer on the album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album won a Grammy, so Christian won a Grammy. He capped his time with Kanye assisting with Watch The Throne, and now with two huge gold stars on his music resume he emerged from West’s shadows and decided to go rogue.

Christian and a fellow island producer came together to create OOF in Honolulu, which although landed them a mention on EDC New York’s Discovery Project, didn’t leave the Beta phase. Now with the sweet taste of touring on his tongue and successful studio experience the drive to create something that would stick went into turbo mode. Thus, Graves was born.

Now, he has quickly become one of the most unique sounds in bass music and can be found touring with the U.S. with RL Grime on his Nova Tour. His sound can be described as unexpected while being very finely tuned. Building on his work with West, hip/hop and rap are no strangers to his live sets and originals. Graves is no doubt a DJ to Watch. His latest release with duskus is a booming and emotive track that in a short amount of time has already garnered 180,000 plays. His music is best experienced live, come out for our Release Pool Party on May 27th to catch Graves open up for RL Grime.

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