London’s fast rising producer duo, Toyboy & Robin, have been infectiously fusing the sounds of house music with slices of garage, bass and everything in between.
Raised on a healthy diet of Garage and 90’s RnB & Hip Hop, Toyboy & Robin started gaining admirers early last year when they released the ‘Loving You’ EP and the singles ‘To The Top’ and ‘No More Sunshine’.
We caught up with Toyboy & Robin prior to their appearance at Everywhere which takes place on Sunday May 5th in Nottingham.
dollop: Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to speak to dollop, how are you? Where are we speaking to you from today?
Robin: No worries at all! Thanks for having us. I’m currently behind a desk…I currently work in music PR to pay the bills!
Toyboy: Rob’s lying, he’s living the dream, he has no bills! I’ve just got back to the office after checking out a venue. Now sat behind a desk too, we’re such rockstars.
dollop: From the hook driven nature of your music its clear your tastes lie outside of just house music and in the realm of RnB/Hip Hop and Pop Music. Is having a strong song-like structure integral to your tunes?
T: To be honest, I personally never realised our tracks had a song-like structure until a few people picked up on it. I think the main thing that’s integral to our tunes is keeping them interesting. One thing that’s become pretty noticeable to us DJ’ing over the last few years is people can get pretty restless easily these days so rather than dragging tracks out we decided to keep them shorter so people hopefully don’t get bored of them.
dollop: What first drew you in to Dance Music?
R: Actually it was my friends. They were always playing Hed Kandi stuff whilst I was knee deep in RnB and hip-hop. I hated dance music but slowly but surely I got sucked in. I guess that’s why our music now is still so Rnb-centric
T: I’m the same as Rob, I never really got dance music in my early teens it wasn’t until I got to about lower 6th that I started to understand why all my mates loved it so much. Of course now I’m a big fan.
dollop: How do you see your sound growing in the near future, what ambitions do you have for your music?
R: The plan is to start working with vocalists rather than sample. As for our sound, I think we just always wanna do what feels right and fresh – as well as stay with current trends. Music is just like fashion really – new things become cool and you have to try and stick with trends whilst staying true to yourself. Ideally when the time is right, writing an album is a big ambition of ours.
dollop: You’ve been quoted as saying that the current popularity of Disclosure and music of that ilk is only beginning to approach its peak. Where then, do you see it going, and how do you think Toyboy and Robin could figure in all of it?
R: Ahh yeah, I feel once the doors are opened to the mainstream world, the popularity of the genre will grow substantially. People like Disclosure and Duke Dumont have definitely opened the doors to the new wave of UK House music and I think it’s only a matter of time before people like Bondax start hitting the charts. I definitely see the scene getting big in USA when EDM dies out. Where we figure in it…who knows?!
dollop: Will ‘Cool Kids’ continue to be the main platform for your music or are you looking to put your music out on a wider range of labels?
T: We’ve always had a clear vision for CKM but we do feel it is very important to be on other labels as you’ll hit new markets and pick up new fans. Also signing to new labels shows other people that A&R’s / Directors believe in your music. Not everything will always run through CKM, but we do definitely see it as a home for some of our music.
dollop: I’ve heard a live show is in the works. What kind of set up will this employ and what kind of result are you going for with it?
R: As of right now…we haven’t started anything. But I imagine it will be a case of re-creating our music via Ableton. We’ve always liked the idea of running different melodies of our tracks on top of different drums etc. But it may end up being more…hopefully we’ll know sometime in the near future!
dollop: What’s in the pipeline release-wise for the rest of the year?
T: We’re just finishing our next single, then hopefully a couple of EP’s. We imagine it’ll be a 2-track late Summer followed by a 3 or 4 track nearing the end of the year.
R: Yeah plus no doubt there will be a few remixes.
dollop: You’ve both got day jobs-has it become a challenge to balance those with musical commitments?
T: For me, it really has. The trouble is my fulltime job is something I really enjoy doing, I only started it a few months ago and never imagined I’d be as busy with it as I am but I really can’t complain. At this point in time some people are struggling to find work let alone doing something they enjoy. I’m fortunate that I’m getting to make a living from 2 jobs that essentially started out as hobbies not so long ago.
R: I think as time moves on it will get increasingly harder. However, day jobs give security where music doesn’t necessarily and I would hate to struggle to make ends meet…student life isn’t one I wish to return to any time soon! Haha.
dollop: You’re making your dollop debut at EVERYWHERE this Sunday. How are you looking forward to it?
R: Excited would be an understatement. We’ve always wanted to play at dollop but to be on this lineup makes it even better! The gig of the year thus far…but I can’t see the lineup being outdone any time soon!
T: Yeah I echo Rob’s thoughts, been a big fan of what the dollop guys do for a while now so to get to make our debut at this show is unreal. Cheers for having us guys.
Toyboy & Robin’s latest track ‘Jaded’ was released at the end of April and is available now – exclusively on Beatport.
(Words: Christian Murphy).