Toro y Moi
|Toro y Moi|
Toro y Moi in 2010
|Birth name||Chazwick Bradley Bundick|
|Also known as||Chaz Bundick, Sides of Chaz, Les Sins|
November 7, 1986 |
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S
|Genres||Electronic, synthpop, chillwave, indie pop, funk|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||The Heist and the Accomplice, Gremlins|
Chazwick Bradley Bundick (born November 7, 1986), better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, is an American recording artist and producer. His music has taken on many forms since he began recording, but he is often identified with the rise of the chillwave movement in 2010 and 2011. His stage name is a multilingual expression consisting of the Spanish words toro and y (meaning "bull" and "and", respectively), and the French word moi (which means "me").
Life and career 
Bundick was born on November 7, 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Filipino mother and an African-American father. He attended Ridge View High School, where he formed the indie rock band The Heist and The Accomplice with three schoolmates.
Bundick graduated from the University of South Carolina in spring of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. Late in his school career, Bundick formed a close musical relationship with fellow chillwave artist Ernest Greene, who performs under the name Washed Out. He is also close with fellow musician Jarvin Moel whom he spent the same high school with.
In mid-2009, he was signed to Carpark Records, on which he released his first full-length album Causers of This in January 2010. His second album, Underneath the Pine, was released on February 22, 2011. He was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England. On September 13, Toro Y Moi released an EP titled Freaking Out. The EP features a cover of "Saturday Love" by Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal.
Bundick put out a collection of experimental "stream of consciousness" recordings under his side project Sides of Chaz. In addition to this, he also feels as though he has moved beyond the "chillwave" genre, and that "chillwave" was a point where many similar artists started off. He said in an interview with website At the Sinema, "All that stuff is really good music, like Ernest Green (Washed Out) and Neon Indian. I'm a big fan of all of that, but I think [chillwave] was just a small little period where we all were, coincidentally."
In January 2013, Toro y Moi released 'Anything in Return,' which has a '90s dance mix sound, and according to Bundick, "was definitely influenced by lots of different types of house, from deep house to two-step...The chords ["Harm in Change" and "Say That"] use — that's just something I've been a fan of for a while. I really wanted to mess around with those kinds of elements and revisit what I did on Causers, but make those elements a little bit better and more apparent." The album has been called "highly indebted to the late sacrosanct hip-hop producer J Dilla" by the music reviewer of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
It has been announced that Toro Y Moi will embark on a world tour reportedly named "The Old Joel Tour" that starts on May 27 in George, WA and ends on November 10 in Vancouver, Canada.
Studio albums 
Compilation albums 
- June 2009 (2012)
- Body Angles (2009)
- Freaking Out (2011)
- "Blessa" (2009)
- "Left Alone at Night" (2009)
- "Leave Everywhere" (2010)
- "I Will Talk to You"/"For No Reason" (split 7" with Cloud Nothings) (2010)
- "Sides of Chaz" (2010)
- "So Many Details" (2012)
- "Say That" (2013)
Demo albums 
- Woodlands (2007)
- My Touch (2009)
- Body Language - "At A Glance" (2009)
- Washed Out – "Feel It All Around" (2009)
- Fanfarlo – "Fire Escape" (2010)
- Tegan and Sara – "Alligator" (2010)
- Neon Indian – "Deadbeat Summer" (2010)
- The Longcut – "Repeated" (2010)
- Tyler, The Creator featuring Hodgy Beats – "French" (2011)
- Cut Copy – "Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" (2011)
- Guest Mix for Andrew Meza's BTS Radio (2012)
- "ACE Title Search". ASCAP. Retrieved February 3, 2013. Note: Select the "Writers" tab, type "Bundick Chazwick Bradley" and click "Search".
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- Gourlay, Dom (July 7, 2010). "DiS meets Toro Y Moi". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Breihan, Tom (July 13, 2009). "News in Brief: Atmosphere, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Toro y Moi, Jersey Live". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Dombal, Ryan (November 19, 2010). "Toro Y Moi Announces Sophomore Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "On Sale Now! Free Battles, Caribou & Les Savy Fav Mixtapes Released!". All Tomorrow's Parties.
- Fitzmaurice, Larry (July 13, 2011). "Toro Y Moi Is Freaking Out on New EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Gonick, Jeff (January 22, 2013). "Toro Y Moi: Anything in Return". Paste. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Katoch, Karan (December 5, 2010). "An interview with Toro Y Moi". At the Sinema. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- McIntire, George (February 26, 2013). "Just chill". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Dombal, Ryan (September 15, 2010). "Toro Y Moi Announces Tour, New Dance Project". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Seymour, Jane Jansen (August 22, 2012). "Toro Y Moi's Side Project, Les Sins, Releases Two Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Official website
- Toro y Moi's blog
- Colin Marshall interview
- Bad Vibes interview
- Self-Titled Mag interview
- Toro y Moi mixtape on Andrew Meza's BTS Radio