Ever since first catching the bug back in the breakdance days of the 80s, Toby Tobias has been a steady and consistent collector of many forms of music. DJing at after-hours clubs in London in the 90s, he honed his sound and ear while amassing a small hillock of equipment. During the mid-00s his distinctive and unique productions played a major part of reviving interest in discoid and electrofunk styled music amongst the party goers of the UK and further afield, and he has become known for consistently pushing the envelope in both his DJ sets and his productions.
Toby Tobias has been honing his production skills since the turn of the millennium. By the time he released on Rekids in 2006, Toby’s work was already of a high calibre – seeing releases on Low Pressings, Bearfunk, Odori and Hi-Phen. After the tremendous success of ‘A Close Shave’, the remix requests started to flood in – this resulting in Toby releasing on labels such as Beat Freeze Records, Brontosaurus ,and Dialect Recordings.
2008 brought another milestone, with Toby releasing his debut album ‘Space Shuffle’ to wide critical acclaim – receiving 4.5/5 from Resident Advisor and 5/5 from iDJ. The album features 15 tracks of disco influenced gems with a truly contemporary edge.
Discoid anthem ‘The Feeling’, featuring the silky smooth vocals of Kathy Diamond, was released as a single including remixes from John Daly and I:Cube. Again, this received massive praise and global support from DJ’s across the board. Further remixes from Tensnake and James Teej helped propel the ‘Space Shuffle’ sound to the forefront of pioneering dance music at the time.
Toby then got involved with 2 of his own labels Tracky Bottoms and Late Night Audio , which saw the release of his Macasu EP, featuring the almost ubiquitous Motor City Drum Ensemble remix .
Also, he has been involved with various vocal collaborations - with Brendan Reilly on the track Tomorrows bringing - for More Music , Michelle Bee on her debut for Under the Shade , and more recently Be Atwell - with whom he has recorded an array of tracks all of which will see the light of day soon, as Part of the long awaited second album on Rekids .2012 saw many strong releases again on More Music , Quintessential Music , Lets Play House.
DJ -wise - he s been collecting vinyl since the breakdancing days of the 80's , but didnt start til art college in the early 90's . His first residency in London . LateNightAudio ran for 3 years at the VERY underground late night club 54 . This was a great education in DJing as he and fellow resident Danny Clark booked and played with hundreds of guests over those years to packed dancefloors until the very wee hours .
He consequently then began to travel the world DJing as far as Russia , Lisbon , Japan , Italy , Croatia , Brazil and so on .
Toby’s music is truly unique – in a genre now saturated with generic, formulaic music, Toby is one of the few who can claim to have his own sound.
Look out for productions in 2013 on Throne of Blood , Burek , Delusions of Grandeur & Rekids as well as remixes on many fine labels.