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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 28)
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 Heist and The Accomplice with three schoolmates.[6]

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, Toro y Moi formed a close musical relationship with fellow chillwave artist Ernest Greene, who performs under the name Washed Out.[7]

Career[edit]

Causers of This (2010)[edit]

In mid-2009, Toro y Moi was signed to Carpark Records,[8] on which he released his debut full-length album Causers of This in January 2010. On Causers of This, Bundick experimented with sampling and production techniques using the digital audio workstation Reason.[9] The album garnered comparisons to the "chillwave" subgenre, however Bundick stated that he never classified his music as such. Bundick refers to the album's subject matter as "personal," calling it a "break-up album."[10] Tours supporting Ruby Suns, Caribou, and Phoenix followed the album's release.

Underneath the Pine and Freaking Out EP (2011)[edit]

Toro y Moi's second album, Underneath the Pine, was released on February 22, 2011.[11] The album was recorded at Bundick's home in-between tours while supporting Causers of This. Underneath the Pine marked a stylistic departure from the previous album in that it was made up of all live instrumentation and contained no samples. Bundick cites horror movie soundtracks, space disco, and film composers Piero Umiliani and François de Roubaix as inspiration for the album's sound.[12] Further, Budick states "...what influenced Underneath the Pine was finding stuff that I wanted to sample for Causers. A lot of the things I sampled for Causers ended up being the main musical inspiration for Underneath the Pine."[13]

In an interview with website At the Sinema, he suggested 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."[14]

On September 13, 2011 Toro y Moi released an EP titled Freaking Out, featuring a cover of "Saturday Love" by Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal.[15] The EP's sound was heavily influenced by 80's Boogie and R&B.

The band was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[16]

Toro y Moi performing in Camden in 2013

Anything in Return (2013)[edit]

In January 2013, Toro y Moi released his third studio album, Anything in Return, which he described as having a 90's dance and R&B sound. According to him, the album was "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."[17] The album was called "highly indebted to the late sacrosanct hip-hop producer J Dilla" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.[18] Bundick stated that he wanted to combine electronic production of his first record with the elements of traditional instrumentation of his second album.[19] The album lyrically focuses on Bundick's move across country to California with his girlfriend and the strain touring puts on a relationship.[20] In promotion of Anything in Return, Toro y Moi embarked on an international tour and made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[21][22]

What For? (2015)[edit]

In January 2015, Toro y Moi announced a new album What For? to be released April 7th by Carpark Records and shared a new track "Empty Nesters."[23]

In his home studio, Bundick utilizes a Roland JX-3P, Moog Voyager, Fender Rhodes, and various soft synths.[24]

Side Projects[edit]

Bundick makes electronic dance music and DJs under the moniker Les Sins. As Les Sins, Bundick has put out a series of 12" records on Carpark Records and Jiaolong Records.[25][26] Bundick stated that Les Sins "was just another way to make weirder music without having to feel I'm alienating Toro y Moi [fans]. So it's kind of nice to do whatever kind of song I want to do without having to worry about it being accessible."[27] Les Sins' debut full length album, Michael, was released on November 4, 2014 on Bundick's own Company Records.[28]

Bundick put out a collection of experimental "stream of consciousness" recordings under the moniker Sides of Chaz.[29] Releases have included a tour CD-R and a single, "Sweet Tea," put out on Fork and Spoon Records.[30]

On December 10, 2014, Bundick and Vinyl Williams released a collaborative interactive album available for download on Bittorrent which combined both audio and visuals. The album, Trance Zen Dental Spa, was brought about after Bundick and Vinyl Williams met in Seoul, South Korea.[31]

Band Members[edit]

Live[edit]

  • Chaz Bundick – vocals and keyboards (2008–present)
  • Jordan Blackmon – guitar (2011–present)
  • Anthony Ferraro – keyboards and backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Patrick Jeffords – bass (2010–present)
  • Andy Woodward – drums (2010–present)

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)

As Featured Artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Try"
(Nosaj Thing featuring Toro y Moi)
2013 Home
"Chaz Interlude"
(Travi$ Scott) featuring Toro y Moi)
2013 Owl Pharaoh
"Come Alive"
(Chromeo featuring Toro y Moi)
2014 White Women

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist(s)
"Feel It All Around"[33] 2009 Washed Out
"Repeated"[34] The Longcut
"At a Glance"[35] 2010 Body Language
"Alligator"[36] Tegan and Sara
"Fire Escape"[37] Fanfarlo
"Deadbeat Summer"[38] Neon Indian
"French"[39] 2011 Tyler, The Creator featuring Hodgy Beats
"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution"[40] Cut Copy
"You & Me"[41] 2013 Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle
"My Man"[42] Billie Holiday

Mixtapes[edit]

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

Other Appearances[edit]

  • "Still Sound" appeared on the season premiere of the 8th season of Entourage, "Home Sweet Home."[43]
  • "New Beat" appeared in the film Magic Mike.[44]
  • "Harm in Change," "New Beat," and "So Many Details" featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto V.[45]
  • Bundick sountracked a video, "ABC of Fashion" for British magazine i-D.[46]
  • "Rose Quartz" featured on the About Last Night soundtrack.[47]

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. 
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  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. 
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  37. ^ "Fire Escape (Remix EP) [+Video]: Fanfarlo". Amazon MP3. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
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  39. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (March 1, 2011). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Tyler, the Creator". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  40. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 5, 2011). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Cut Copy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  41. ^ "You & Me (The Remixes) [feat. Eliza Doolittle] – Single by Disclosure". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  42. ^ Battan, Carrie (June 13, 2013). "Listen: Toro Y Moi Remixes Billie Holiday's "My Man"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  43. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5395568/
  44. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5395568/
  45. ^ http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/grand_theft_auto_v_soundtrack_to_feature_ap_rocky_descendents_toro_y_moi_robyn_many_more
  46. ^ http://www.stereogum.com/1593941/watch-i-ds-abc-of-fashion-soundtracked-by-new-toro-y-moi/video/
  47. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826590/soundtrack

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