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Chris "Grill$on" Wilson | Photo Credit: Collective Zoo

One of the most beloved members of the Dirtybird Family and true OG, Chris “Grill$on” Wilson has passed away.

If you’ve become a fan of the Dirtybird Records label and have attended their events over the years it has been hard to ignore one of the crew’s most fun-loving and charismatic members, Chris Willson aka Grill$on. A true OG of the Dirtybird Crew, his history began before the label was even formed over 15 years ago and he remained as a fixture at their events ever since.

Grill$on and could be caught manning the BBQ pit at the label’s renowned Dirtybird events ranging from their Quarterlies to BBQs, and of course their annual Dirtybird Campouts as well. Whether he was cooking up burgers, tri-tip, or any other tasty food, his provisions kept many in the flock well-fed and dancing late into the night.

Those who attended these events and met him will know that Grill$on brought an energy along with him that was infectious and was one of the most authentic people you could meet. He regularly struck up conversations with attendees, danced alongside those in the crowd, and was one of the nicest guys you could meet, making everyone feel welcome and loved at Dirtybird events.

Justin and Christian Martin have both taken to Twitter and Ardalan has posted on Facebook as the entire family has been hit hard by his passing. Many fans have also shared their own personal memories and moments with Grill$on as well in remembrance of this amazing human.

Our condolences go out to the Dirtybird Crew as we are all mourning the loss of one of the true OGs today. Rest in Paradise, Chris.

Dirtybird released a video in memory of Grill$on, watch it on Facebook:

Dirtybird artists and friends have posted about Grill$on’s passing on social media:


Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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