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Toyboy & Robin: ‘More Focused Than Ever’

London based DJs Toyboy & Robin are really churning out the quality tracks as of late.

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Toyboy & Robin have been around of the scene for a few years now, and the quality of music the duo produce is outstanding. More recently, they have released a three track EP ‘Levitate’ which showcases the music the duo can produce, ranging across a number of different sounds. Bringing this all together, they are beginning to really enforce themselves on the scene, with numerous shows coming up this Summer and across the UK. Keep an eye out for them, they are set for bigger and better things.

So kicking things off, tell us a little bit about the background of Toyboy & Robin, how the duo came about? Was it something the two of you both wanted to do, get involved within dance music?

T: Things initially came about towards the end of Uni for us. We used to play b2b at a bunch of nights in Manchester but it wasn’t until our last year there that we thought it would be cool to become an actual duo and be able to play our own tracks in our sets too.

We were always big fans of the electronic scene there, regularly hitting clubs like Sankeys & the Warehouse Project to see our favourite DJ’s play, so that’s what really inspired us to want to get involved.

The different sounds which you bring to the scene involves Deep House, Tech House, Disco, the works. Was the underground scene the main aim? And what was the key influence in getting involved within the underground scene?

T: Yeah, I think the underground scene was what we gravitated to the most. We’ve always been influenced by all kinds of music and different artists/producers, which we guess is reflected in our music… With the scene becoming more accessible in the last 2/3 years I think we started to be perceived as a little bit more of a commercial act, but I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily correct…what we’ve always tried to be about has remained the same.

R: Yeah I suppose it’s easy to get typecast and arguably a little bit lost between what you want to make, what your fans want you to make and what is going on in the current climate. That said, I think we’re now more focused than ever and have a clear understanding of what we want to achieve.

You also happen to hail from London, a key city in the world of dance music. The last few years has been hard across the UK in general, never mind London. How have you watched the dance music scene develop within London over the last few years?

R: I’d say London is so big so there’s never a truly concentrated set of artists doing one thing. If you take for example the way Hot Creations blew up out of a bunch of artists hailing from Leeds, I don’t feel that’s happened for a while in London, not since dubstep perhaps. That said, the deep house thing is over, and tech house is on borrowed time, so it’s exciting to see where the scene will go next.

On to the music and you have recently released the ‘Levitate’ EP, a three track masterpiece. Tell us a little about how the EP came about and the individual tracks?

T: The EP came about and was inspired by our final trip to Ibiza at the end of last summer. The idea for Cala Llonga (which was also the name of the area where our villa was) was started out there, and finished the same week we got back to London. We made Levitate & Tristis pretty much straight away after that.

We’d tried to make the EP a reflection of our time out there, from hitting various parties & clubs, to chilling pool-side at the villa, to the sense of sadness/nostalgia that kicked in when we were leaving and when we got back to UK. We hope we managed to achieve that.

Was there a production process you followed within the studio, which pieced together the tracks, or did it just come naturally and build up on ideas?

T: It all came really naturally to be honest. There wasn’t really a set process, we just kind of built on the ideas we had and let it all flow instinctively.

In terms of producing or DJing, would either of you have a preference as to which one you would rather do?

R: It depends totally. There are days you pull your hair out in front of the computer, and there are days it all comes together. Nobody is immune from bad gigs either, so not every DJ set is the ‘Tomorrowland-esque’ packed festival that your Mum thinks you play every weekend!

T: I love that we’re able to do both so I don’t think I could personally choose one over the other.

And also being a duo, have you had difficult spells working with each other, in the studio or behind the decks?

R: Not particularly; obviously in 4 years there are bound to be differences of opinion but nothing that lasts!

So with a three track EP under your belts, what can fans of Toyboy & Robin expect to see over the next few months in terms of new music?

R: We have a new 2-track release coming out on Regression Sessions’ new label, and we’re sitting on a fair few other tracks too. It’s just about timing and making sure they make sense in our release schedule. As mentioned, our influences are quite wide, so we’re not going to churn out 10 identical tech-house bangers over 6 months. With music consumer’s veracious appetite for new music, there’s a fine line between quality and quantity, so hopefully we tread the line well!

Is there anything else you are looking forward in the coming months as well, in terms of new shows, performances etc?

R: Yeah quite a few actually! We’ve got a little mini tour with the Regression Sessions crew, playing Manchester, Bristol, London and Leeds, as well as Secret Garden Party and We Are Festival.

Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an upcoming talent looking to break onto the scene?

T: It’s a bit of a cliché but definitely make music that you want to make and do so as originally as possible. In this industry it’s hard to completely shut out what else is going on, but definitely try not to get caught up in what everyone else is doing.

You can download the ‘Levitate’ EP here.

For more information on Toyboy & Robin:
https://www.facebook.com/toyboyrobin
https://twitter.com/toyboyrobin
https://soundcloud.com/toyboyrobin

Toyboy & Robin.

Toyboy & Robin have been around of the scene for a few years now, and the quality of music the duo produce is outstanding. More recently, they have released a three track EP ‘Levitate’ which showcases the music the duo can produce, ranging across a number of different sounds. Bringing this all together, they are beginning to really enforce themselves on the scene, with numerous shows coming up this Summer and across the UK. Keep an eye out for them, they are set for bigger and better things.

So kicking things off, tell us a little bit about the background of Toyboy & Robin, how the duo came about? Was it something the two of you both wanted to do, get involved within dance music?

T: Things initially came about towards the end of Uni for us. We used to play b2b at a bunch of nights in Manchester but it wasn’t until our last year there that we thought it would be cool to become an actual duo and be able to play our own tracks in our sets too.

Toyboy & Robin.

We were always big fans of the electronic scene there, regularly hitting clubs like Sankeys & the Warehouse Project to see our favourite DJ’s play, so that’s what really inspired us to want to get involved.

The different sounds which you bring to the scene involves Deep House, Tech House, Disco, the works. Was the underground scene the main aim? And what was the key influence in getting involved within the underground scene?

T: Yeah, I think the underground scene was what we gravitated to the most. We’ve always been influenced by all kinds of music and different artists/producers, which we guess is reflected in our music… With the scene becoming more accessible in the last 2/3 years I think we started to be perceived as a little bit more of a commercial act, but I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily correct…what we’ve always tried to be about has remained the same.

R: Yeah I suppose it’s easy to get typecast and arguably a little bit lost between what you want to make, what your fans want you to make and what is going on in the current climate. That said, I think we’re now more focused than ever and have a clear understanding of what we want to achieve.

Toyboy & Robin.

You also happen to hail from London, a key city in the world of dance music. The last few years has been hard across the UK in general, never mind London. How have you watched the dance music scene develop within London over the last few years?

R: I’d say London is so big so there’s never a truly concentrated set of artists doing one thing. If you take for example the way Hot Creations blew up out of a bunch of artists hailing from Leeds, I don’t feel that’s happened for a while in London, not since dubstep perhaps. That said, the deep house thing is over, and tech house is on borrowed time, so it’s exciting to see where the scene will go next.

Toyboy & Robin.

On to the music and you have recently released the ‘Levitate’ EP, a three track masterpiece. Tell us a little about how the EP came about and the individual tracks?

T: The EP came about and was inspired by our final trip to Ibiza at the end of last summer. The idea for Cala Llonga (which was also the name of the area where our villa was) was started out there, and finished the same week we got back to London. We made Levitate & Tristis pretty much straight away after that.

We’d tried to make the EP a reflection of our time out there, from hitting various parties & clubs, to chilling pool-side at the villa, to the sense of sadness/nostalgia that kicked in when we were leaving and when we got back to UK. We hope we managed to achieve that.

Was there a production process you followed within the studio, which pieced together the tracks, or did it just come naturally and build up on ideas?

Toyboy & Robin.

T: It all came really naturally to be honest. There wasn’t really a set process, we just kind of built on the ideas we had and let it all flow instinctively.

In terms of producing or DJing, would either of you have a preference as to which one you would rather do?

R: It depends totally. There are days you pull your hair out in front of the computer, and there are days it all comes together. Nobody is immune from bad gigs either, so not every DJ set is the ‘Tomorrowland-esque’ packed festival that your Mum thinks you play every weekend!

T: I love that we’re able to do both so I don’t think I could personally choose one over the other.

And also being a duo, have you had difficult spells working with each other, in the studio or behind the decks?

R: Not particularly; obviously in 4 years there are bound to be differences of opinion but nothing that lasts!

So with a three track EP under your belts, what can fans of Toyboy & Robin expect to see over the next few months in terms of new music?

Toyboy & Robin.

R: We have a new 2-track release coming out on Regression Sessions’ new label, and we’re sitting on a fair few other tracks too. It’s just about timing and making sure they make sense in our release schedule. As mentioned, our influences are quite wide, so we’re not going to churn out 10 identical tech-house bangers over 6 months. With music consumer’s veracious appetite for new music, there’s a fine line between quality and quantity, so hopefully we tread the line well!

Is there anything else you are looking forward in the coming months as well, in terms of new shows, performances etc?

R: Yeah quite a few actually! We’ve got a little mini tour with the Regression Sessions crew, playing Manchester, Bristol, London and Leeds, as well as Secret Garden Party and We Are Festival.

Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an upcoming talent looking to break onto the scene?

Toyboy & Robin.

T: It’s a bit of a cliché but definitely make music that you want to make and do so as originally as possible. In this industry it’s hard to completely shut out what else is going on, but definitely try not to get caught up in what everyone else is doing.

For more information on Toyboy & Robin:
https://www.facebook.com/toyboyrobin
https://twitter.com/toyboyrobin
https://soundcloud.com/toyboyrobin

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