It seems like Japanese DJ and Producer Qrion is all over the place this year. She has played at some of the biggest festivals and shared the stage with massive artists like Spencer Brown, Above and Beyond and Porter Robinson. To think Qrion is only 25 years old and is just getting her career started is amazing. She truly is a highly motivated and driven individual and the perfect choice for Women Crush Wednesday.
Momiji Tsukada also known as Qrion was born and raised in Northern Japan. She started her musical journey at a young age. Her father introduced her to the piano at the age of five and it was in junior high that she began to learn about music production. She continued her curiosity and thirst for producing knowledge throughout high school. During this time, she also started uploading her music online and began performing in her hometown of Sapporo.
Qrion quickly began to get noticed and booked outside of Japan and eventually moved to San Francisco. She’s really exploded since moving to the States. She’s released a handful of original tracks and remixes this year. Each track is thoughtful, deep and soulful. “When You Want to Rave” out this past July has a 90s house vibe to it. “Sapporo EP”, a three-track collaboration with Anjunabeat’s Spencer Brown was released in May and is freakin fantastic. The title track “Sapporo” has rapidly become of club favorite. It’s driving percussive groove with minimal lyrics gives off a light and bouncy quality to the song. She even got the opportunity to mix Anjunadeep Edition 251 this summer. The entire mix is amazing, I’ve had it on repeat for months!
Not only has Qrion been extremely busy in the studio, but she’s also had one hectic touring schedule. She’s performed at clubs all across the US and Canada and at some of the biggest festivals; such as the Group Therapy Weekender at The Gorge, Tomorrowland 2018 and she is scheduled to play at ABGT 350 in Prague, Seismic Dance Event 2.0 and Groove Cruise in 2020.
I missed Qrion’s set on Saturday at the Group Therapy Weekender at the Gorge, but I was able to catch her going back to back with Spencer Brown on Sunday. This deep-set was exceptional. It was the perfect mix for after Sunday’s Flow State Yoga. It totally got you in the groove and ready to take on what was truly a phenomenal day two of the festival.
Since I couldn’t catch Qrion’s solo set, I am totally pumped to be able to check her out here in Austin at Seismic Dance Event 2.0. RealMusic Events did not disappoint with the lineup for their second installment of Seismic. This festival is stacked! She is performing alongside Cirez D, TESTPILOT, Eli & Fur, Nic Fanciulli, Nora En Pure, and many others. She is definitely at the top of my must-see list for the fest.
If you haven’t been able to see and hear the amazingness of this rising star, put it on your to-do list for sure. Her talent is undeniable, and she is bound to be touring all over the world in 2020. Keep your eyes peeled and find her in a city near you!
*Featured Photo | via Doug Van Sant Photography*