SHFT presents: Graves
Right place, right time. That’s how Christian Mochizuki aka Graves will tell you he made his break in the music industry over 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.
Graves’ diverse production from progressive house, dubstep, hip-hop and even reggae has gained him an ardent fan pool and praise from some of the top industry voices. As a recording engineer he has credits with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kid Cudi, Justin Bieber and Big Sean. As a producer his recent remix of Zedd’s “Find You” with Panic City has reached the top of the Hype Machine charts.
Graves is also a producer in the group OOF, whose win in the EDC Discovery Project allowed them to play on the main stage at EDC New York 2014!Graves has also had the opportunity to open for Afrojack, Paul Van Dyk, Adventure Club,Nicky Romero,12th Planet, Nadastrom, Lil Jon, Bassjackers, Excision, Sasha and Fei Fei.
Now Graves is rising quickly as one of the most exciting names in bass music. He’s been spending some quality studio time with a pair of the genre’s top billers which we’ll hear much more about in coming months.
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