Musical chameleon represents true diversity
CHAZWICK Bradley Bundick, better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, is an American recording artist and producer.
At age 29, his music has already evolved from the frontline of chillwave to a more funk and soul-derived electronica.
His stage name is a multilingual moniker he penned in high school, with Toro (Spanish for ‘bull’) and y (Spanish for ‘and’) joined by Moi (French for ‘me’).
So his name means Bull and Me using words from two languages.
But he has no heritage from either French or Spanish cultures. He is, however, a true representation of multi-ethnic contemporary America.
Bundick was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Filipino mother and an African-American father.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina in spring of 2009 but he was quickly signed by US label Carpark Records that same year.
Speaking from the US, Toro y Moi explained his Falls show will be more of a guitar-and-keyboard-based gig.
“The show it’s not so electronic, and we’ll be playing music from all my releases,” he said.
“It’s not acoustic, but the songwriting comes out more in live shows than in the studio recording”.
The musician said he was hard to label in one particular category of music because he needed to change his music regularly.
“I do love all sorts of music and all genres, but I feel like I need to change because I find it to be important,” he said.
“A lot of people never change, and change is good, but they are changing within the same genre but I like to do dramatic jumps, keep it interesting and keep people on their toes.
Toro y Moi does not think the constant change hinders his ability to grow his fan base and market his music.
“That’s the last thing on my mind,” he said.
“I feel like when it comes to music it’s either good or it’s not. No matter how much or how little it’s marketed, it will find its audience.”
At the Forest Stage, Falls festival, North Byron Parklands, on Saturday, January 2, 2016, from 7pm. For details visit http://byron.fallsfestival .com.au.