Right place, right time. That’s how Christian Mochizuki aka "Graves" will tell you he made his break in the music industry more than seven years ago when a chance self-imposed exile to Hawaii from Kanye West landed Christian a less-than-savory assistant position in the early stages of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." He stuck it out for a year, running around doing errands for West and his small army of guests, collaborators, and crew before permanently sliding his way into the studio, first as an assistant engineer and ultimately as a full time engineer. He became a member of the squad, practically living in the studio for the duration of MBDTF — the record that eventually put a Grammy in Christian’s pocket and led to another credit on "Watch The Throne." The dawn of Christian’s career in music had started at the top rung of the industry ladder, but a hunger to pursue his own musical path soon emerged.
This spawned the native Hawaiian trio, OOF, which Christian now recalls as “bad”, “cheesy”, and “terrible”, but it did give him the opportunity to play EDC New York through Insomniac’s Discovery Project and provide a taste of the touring DJ life. It also confirmed what kind of music he didn’t want to make, and it wasn’t long before Christian created the solo project we know him as today — Graves. Now graves is rising quickly as one of the most exciting names in bass music.
Growing up between the U.S. and Taiwan, Josh Pan has planted his roots in New York City while he currently produces music. He came into the spotlight through a variety of Soundcloud releases that gained him major attention and rumors began surfacing, claiming Josh Pan was a collective of more than twenty different artists. Since then, his career has continued to flourish and his unique music style & aesthetic has proved to be about self-reflection, expressed in this quote by him: “You are Josh Pan.”
Close out your month with a collection of top-shelf bass music from some of Seattle’s top tastemakers every fourth Friday at Q Nightclub. Experience new styles of trap, hip-hop, and other obscure genres in the bass-inspired realm, and indulge in a modern take on weekend club nights. CODA will be collaboration of immersive visuals and hand selected local/international talent catered to bringing the highest-quality party every month on Capitol Hill.