UofSC alum Chaz Bundick nominated for Grammy Award

2009 graduate performs under the name Toro y Moi

Chaz Bear (born Chazwick Bundick), a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, has received his first Grammy nomination for a 2020 single by his musical project Toro y Moi.

The big picture

  • The nomination is for Best Dance Recording for “The Difference" — a song on which Toro y Moi collaborated with Australian DJ and electronic artist Flume.
  • Award winners will be announced March 14.


  • Bundick graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in graphic design in 2009 and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina.

Chillwave innovator

  • Because of its “underwater, laid-back sounds,” writes allmusic.com, Toro y Moi’s 2009 single “Blessa” helped lead to the name “chillwave” as a musical genre.
  • Toro y Moi’s subsequent music “has evolved into something livelier and harder to pin down.” 

Fun facts

  • While at South Carolina, Bear was a DJ for WUSC, the university's student-run, noncommercial radio station.
  • The city of Berkeley, California, officially declared June 27 "Chaz Bundick Day" in 2017.
  • In addition to his solo success with Toro y Moi, Chaz Bear is also featured on tracks with Tyler the Creator, SZA, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, among others.

Dive deeper

  • Listen to Toro y Moi break down his popular song “Girl Like You” for Genius.com.
  • Follow Toro y Moi / Chaz Bear on Instagram or Twitter.

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