Monday, March 8, 2010

EIC'S10Q'S w/Toro Y Moi

"..sleazy synthesizer sounds (think Giorgio Moroder or Daft Punk), modern & vintage electronic drum-kit beats/pulsations, and R & B vocal stylings that bring to mind early Michael Jackson or maybe even Prince. This would fit quite nicely in the Early 80's Synth Pop category, or maybe even somewhere around the era of the Disco crash.."

Toro Y Moi

Placated Discotheque

Toro Y Moi Bio:
Toro Y Moi is 23 year old Columbia, South Carolina native and resident Chaz Bundick. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at The University of South Carolina, Chaz decided to push his music further now that he has more time on his hands. His mom came from the Phillipines to the United States, where she met her future husband (who's African American) in college. They lived in New York City taking in all the wonderful cultural influences the city's rising underground scene had to offer at the time (late 70s/early 80s). Deciding to slow down and be closer to family, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they had their first child...

Chaz Bundick's methods are constantly changing and evolving. Heavily influenced by his parent's vinyl and tape collection, he also possesses great admiration for contemporary influences like Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, and Daft Punk. Like most prepubescent teens, he had his punk band and once that died out, the "side project" soon became the main focus.

Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House—which is heavily influential on Chaz's newest dance alias, Les Sins. Before any full length album has been released, Toro Y Moi has already received praise from music websites like Pitchfork and Gorilla Vs. Bear as well as upcoming print features in the NME and Dazed and Confused.

Hello, how are you?
I'm fine, I have an ear infection though.

What are you currently listening to?
Francois K

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
May be My Bloody Valentine.

Were you in any bands before your current project? What kind of music did you make?
Yes, they were more 'Indie Rock'. Guitars, bass, and drums.

What exactly does “Toro Y Moi” mean?
The Bull and Me, it's half Spanish and French.

What do you think of the genre titles like “Chillwave” and “Glo-Fi”?
I think they're funny but I guess it helps people describe your sound and it's easier to explain to a friend or something... haha

You’re about to go an a adventurous trek back in time to (1996).. Why did you
choose this year and what do you plan on doing while you’re there?

Fashion was awesome then!

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
I dunno if I could do that, haha it might ruin the album for me. maybe A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders"

Are you living your dream?
Haha, yesh.

Thanx Chaz!

Toro Y Moi is about to embark on a large scale US tour, make sure to catch him live if you can...

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