Five Questions: Toyboy & Robin
18 Dec 2012
"The duo are currently one of the most exciting new prospects in electronic music, building their sound from a love of House and Garage, with a fair amount of RnB and credible pop thrown into the mix. Jake Coombes fired over five questions to the producers so we can all get to know them a little better..."
You may not have heard of Toyboy & Robin yet but after an impressive end to 2012 you'll be certain to know their name as we get into the New Year. The duo are currently one of the most exciting new prospects in electronic music, building their sound from a love of House and Garage, with a fair amount of RnB and credible pop thrown into the mix. Jake Coombes fired over five questions to the producers so we can all get to know them a little better...
So, we've got to ask about the name…why Toyboy & Robin?
They’re just our nicknames really. We’ve seen a few people picking up on the whole Batman & Robin thing but, truth be told, we weren’t trying to be that clever, we pretty much went for the name cos of the ease of it. You should hear some of the other names we initially thought of going with… shocking now we think about it!
How do you two know each other and what got you in the studio together?
R: We met in our first year of university up in Manchester. Both being from London, and realising we had really similar music tastes growing up, we got on straight away.
T: Rob started off as a DJ and I was always more of a producer. It wasn’t until our 2nd year that we started Djing together and then last year we decided we might as well produce together too seeing as we both had the same musical ideas.
We're hearing some great house and two step from you guys! What are the key influences?
Cheers guys! Our main influences are 90s Rnb & Hip Hop and Garage really, also the odd disco tune here and there too. We both have older brothers that got us into the likes of Belle Biv DeVoe, Jodeci and Ginuwine when we were younger then as we grew older those got replaced by the likes of So Solid, Artful Dodger etc. I think Rob even went as far as to “write some bars” when he thought he was going to be an MC…
We've seen the rise of the producer duo recently, how does it work for you guys – are you a live act, strictly DJ’s or a bit of both?
At the moment we’re just doing DJ sets but we’re going to start working on the live aspect in the near future as we see ourselves being more of a live act than strictly DJ’s.
With your label Cool Kid Music growing and your music becoming widely more loved and recognised. What we can expect next from Toyboy & Robin?
With the label and our own tracks, our aim is to put out material that’s fresh and just a bit different from everything else that’s being done, We’ve got a few more remixes dropping and a few studio sessions with some up and coming artists planned too, so you should be seeing another EP from us at some point as well.