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Toro y Moi
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Toro y Moi in 2010
Background information
Birth name Chazwick Bradley Bundick
Also known as Chaz Bundick, Sides of Chaz, Les Sins
Born (1986-11-07) November 7, 1986 (age 27)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S
Genres Electronic, synthpop, chillwave, indie pop, funk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Carpark
Associated acts The Heist and the Accomplice, Gremlins
Website www.toroymoi.com

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.[1] 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").[2]

Early life[edit]

Chazwick Bradley Bundick[3] was born on November 7, 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina,[4] to a Filipino mother and an African-American father.[5] He attended Ridge View High School, where he formed the indie rock band The Taxi Chaps, later followed by The Heist and The Accomplice with three schoolmates.[6]

Toro y Moi graduated from the University of South Carolina in spring of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. Late in his school career, Toro y Moi formed a close musical relationship with fellow chillwave artist Ernest Greene, who performs under the name Washed Out.[7]

Career[edit]

In mid-2009, Toro y Moi was signed to Carpark Records,[8] 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.[9] He was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[10] On September 13, Toro y Moi released an EP titled Freaking Out, featuring a cover of "Saturday Love" by Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal.[11]

Toro y Moi performing in Camden in 2014

Toro y Moi put out a collection of experimental "stream of consciousness" recordings under his side project Sides of Chaz.[12] In an interview with website At the Sinema, he stated that he had moved beyond the chillwave genre: "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."[13]

In January 2013, Toro y Moi released his third studio album, Anything in Return, which he described as having "sort of a '90s dance mix sound." According to him, the album "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 [of This], but make those elements a little bit better and more apparent."[14] The album was called "highly indebted to the late sacrosanct hip-hop producer J Dilla" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.[15] In promotion of Anything in Return, Toro y Moi has embarked on a tour across North America and Europe, which started on May 27, 2013 in George, Washington and ended on November 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia.[16]

Toro y Moi also has a dance side project named Les Sins.[17][18] In February 2013, Toro y Moi was named one of Fuse's thirty must-see artists at SXSW.[19]

In the studio, he utilizes a Roland JX-3P, a Moog, and multiple soft synths.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Body Angles (2009)
  • Freaking Out (2011)

Singles[edit]

  • "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)
  • "Campo" (2013)
  • "Slough" (2013)

Demo albums[edit]

  • Woodlands (2007)
  • My Touch (2009)

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist(s)
"Feel It All Around"[21] 2009 Washed Out
"Repeated"[22] The Longcut
"At a Glance"[23] 2010 Body Language
"Alligator"[24] Tegan and Sara
"Fire Escape"[25] Fanfarlo
"Deadbeat Summer"[26] Neon Indian
"French"[27] 2011 Tyler, The Creator featuring Hodgy Beats
"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution"[28] Cut Copy
"You & Me"[29] 2013 Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle
"My Man"[30] Billie Holiday

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Guest Mix for Andrew Meza's BTS Radio (2012)
  • Boiler Room Los Angeles Mix (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kivel, Adam (April 20, 2012). "Album Review: Toro Y Moi – June 2009". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Langham, Matt. "Toro Y Moi – June 2009". musicOMH. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ACE Title Search". ASCAP. Retrieved February 3, 2013.  Note: Select the "Writers" tab, type "Bundick Chazwick Bradley" and click "Search".
  4. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Toro y Moi". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (August 13, 2009). "New band of the day – No 606: Toro Y Moi". The Guardian. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Young, Logan K. (June 9–15, 2010). "Toro Y Moi". Free Times. Resorts Media. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Gourlay, Dom (July 7, 2010). "DiS meets Toro Y Moi". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 13, 2009). "News in Brief: Atmosphere, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Toro y Moi, Jersey Live". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Dombal, Ryan (November 19, 2010). "Toro Y Moi Announces Sophomore Album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "On Sale Now! Free Battles, Caribou & Les Savy Fav Mixtapes Released!". All Tomorrow's Parties. 
  11. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (July 13, 2011). "Toro Y Moi Is Freaking Out on New EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Gonick, Jeff (January 22, 2013). "Toro Y Moi: Anything in Return". Paste. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ Katoch, Karan (December 5, 2010). "An interview with Toro Y Moi". At the Sinema. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Hudson, Alex (February 2013). "Toro y Moi". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ McIntire, George (February 26, 2013). "Just chill". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Pelly, Jenn (May 6, 2013). "Toro Y Moi Announces Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ Dombal, Ryan (September 15, 2010). "Toro Y Moi Announces Tour, New Dance Project". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ Seymour, Jane Jansen (August 22, 2012). "Toro Y Moi's Side Project, Les Sins, Releases Two Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ "30 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013". Fuse. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ "30 In the Studio - Toro Y Moi". Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Grisham, Tyler (September 14, 2009). "Premiere: Washed Out: "Feel It All Around (Toro Y Moi Remix)"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Longcut: "Repeated (Toro Y Moi Remix)"". Pitchfork Media. September 23, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kharas, Kev (February 17, 2010). "DOWNLOAD: Body Language – At A Glance (Toro Y Moi Remix)". RCRD LBL. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Alligator by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Fire Escape (Remix EP) [+Video]: Fanfarlo". Amazon MP3. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  26. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 23, 2010). "YACHT, Antlers, Toro Y Moi, Javelin Remixes on Neon Indian UK Release". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  27. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (March 1, 2011). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Tyler, the Creator". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  28. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 5, 2011). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Cut Copy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  29. ^ "You & Me (The Remixes) [feat. Eliza Doolittle] – Single by Disclosure". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  30. ^ Battan, Carrie (June 13, 2013). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Billie Holiday's "My Man"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 

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