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About Chaz Bundick

Best known by the stage name of Toro y Moi, Chaz Bundick is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who first attracted national attention in 2010 and is often associated with the rise of the chillwave movement. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Bundick played in indie rock bands throughout his youth, eventually gaining some recognition for his more electronic sample-based solo work during his college days at the University of South Carolina. He was signed to Carpark Records in 2009 under the name Toro y Moi and released his debut LP, Causers of This, the following year. Over the next few years he would release two more releases as Toro y Moi, building a reputation for his versatile and experimental take on pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music. Bundick made his first diversion from the Toro y Moi banner in 2014, releasing an album called Michael under the name Les Sins; however, he returned to his better-known moniker the following year to release What For? Featuring a more guitar-based rock style, What For? charted at number 123 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its April 2015 release. A collaborative mixtape called Samantha was self-released in August of that year. Live from Trona, a concert album performed to no audience in the middle of the California desert, was released in 2016 and marked Bundick's first collaboration with the identical-twin jazz duo the Mattson 2. The Mattson brothers, Jared and Jonathan, again joined Bundick the following year and the trio released an album of retro-psychedelic music called Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2. ~ Timothy Monger

Columbia, South Carolina
Nov 7, 1986

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