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Toyboy Vs Robin

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We love a good duo here at DT. Especially when a Robin is involved. Hence our love of fast rising pairing Toyboy & Robin. No, Bruce Wayne hasn’t snagged himself an older woman (at least to our knowledge) and changed his name accordingly, we are of course referring to house music’s own dynamic duo who have been taking the UK scene by storm with their infectious fusing of house with of garage, bass and everything in between. With 2013 single ‘Jaded’ thrusting them into the public conciousness, their current EP ‘Better Places’ on MTA Records getting plenty of love from DJs and music fans alike and big plans for the coming summer we thought we’d dispense with the rules and see the boys ask the questions as well as deliver the answers which led to us finding out more about them than we could have imagined! 

Robin For Toyboy:

What’s your favourite album of all time?

Don’t think I have an absolute favourite but Toro Y Moi – ‘Anything in Return’ was my soundtrack for pretty much the whole of 2013. Toro Y Moi has to be one of my favourite producer-artists, his music is so fresh but still really accessible. Growing up, Kanye West – ‘College Dropout’ and Dizzee Rascal – ‘Boy in Da Corner’ were two of my favourite albums, so they have to get a mention too.

What’s your worst habit?

I have a few sadly! Biting my nails, procrastinating. I’m forever putting things off until the last minute, and smoking. Smoking probably has to be my worst habit, though, Mum and Dad aren’t impressed. Remember kids it’s not big and it’s not clever.

Do you have any phobias?

Surprisingly no. When I was younger, I made the error of watching that film Arachnophobia, so for ages I couldn’t stand spiders. It’s all good now though.

What’s your favourite club track at the moment?

Nikola Gala – ‘Get Your Soul Back.’ I can’t help but play this when we gig at the moment. It’s one of those tracks that aren’t actually made up of loads of elements or parts but it just works so, so well. It always gets a great reaction whenever we play it too.

What’s your favourite song outside of the club realm at the moment?

Bipolar Sunshine – ‘Where Did the Love Go’. ‘Rivers’ was a big track too but I think his latest single just pips it. I’ve been a huge fan of his for a while now, even when he was in Kid British. I think him and fellow ex-Kid British member August & Us both have a big year coming up. We were fortunate enough to get in the studio with Adio [Bipolar Sunshine] not so long ago, so we got to experience his talent first hand.

Name the top 5 listened tracks according to your iTunes.

Jai Paul – ‘Jasmine (Demo)’

Toro Y Moi – ‘So Many Details (Remix ft Hodgy Beats)’

Chris Malinchak– ‘So Good to Me’

Little Dragon – ‘Twice’

Kris Menace – ‘Trusting Me’

It’s a bit of a mixed bag there. Have to say, though, I’m still not bored of “Jasmine”, don’t think I ever will be either, to be honest.

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been? …and one that you’d like to visit?

Tough question! I’ve been lucky enough to go to a lot of pretty cool places, especially in the last year but think it has to be Malta. I went there a few years back on a family holiday. Even though family holidays can sometimes end up feeling like more of a chore than a holiday, that one was great, I would definitely recommend it and would happily go back again.

The place I’d like to visit most? Easy… Cancun. One of my sisters went there for her birthday a couple of years back and the pictures just looked insane, I know a few people out there at the moment too and it looks like they’re having an unreal time. 

What’s the one song you wouldn’t want people to know you own?

I fear if I say it, no one will ever look at me the same again. When the time’s right I’ll divulge that info.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

New Girl. Zooey Deschanel is too much, even if she spells her name in a ridiculous way!

And finally, name one thing you’d like to achieve other than success from music in the future?

There’s quite a lot aside from music I’d love to get the chance to do and hopefully have success in. I think my most immediate priority is actually taking my driving test and passing it. Shameful I know, 24 and I’ve still got a green licence. To be honest I’ve never actually needed a car, so passing my test was never a priority but now I think it’s something I need to sort out and fast! 

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Toyboy For Robin:

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

Always a tough question as there are so many good musicians but if I had to say…

‘Dead’ – Marvin Gaye, undoubtedly one of the greatest singers of all time. I think my favourite record by him is ‘Inner City Blues’ – I once overheard my aunty talking about it so I did some digging, safe to say I wasn’t disappointed.

‘Alive’ – Drake. Not that he’s doing anything exceptionally different to anyone else out there, but I’m just a big fan. Yeah, he can be a bit moist at times and the memes have been far too enjoyable but deep down everyone can’t deny he’s a hit maker.

If you had to be marooned on an Island with anyone who would you choose?

Probably Bear Grylls. I really enjoy the TV shows and it seems like he’d be a good travel companion. Plus he’s ex-SAS, so we’d survive long enough for rescue. If I took a beautiful woman, she’d soon realise I wasn’t as manly as hoped and that would be catastrophic!

If you could have any super-power what would it be?

Most definitely the super power of flight. I think I’ve been watching too many Marvel films, but most of them can fly, so there’s gotta be a reason for that right? I could go away when I wanted and the views would be great!

What’s your best chat up line?

Are your parents terrorists? Cos you are THE BOMB.

I joke! On a serious note, chat up lines never get anyone anywhere do they?!

What really grinds your gears?

I generally try to not get pissed off at too much, but indecisiveness is definitely something that bugs me! That, and running out of garlic and herb dip when eating a Dominos pizza!

What’s your most memorable T&R memory so far for all the wrong reasons? 

Oooh tough question as 99% of the memories have been great! We did once play a show where they didn’t know ANY of our music, so we decided to play Julio Bashmore’s ‘Au Seve’, which also fell on deaf ears. I try to keep the complaining to a minimum though; this job is a privilege so there’s never anything to really get hacked off about! 

What’s your most memorable T&R memory so far but for all the right reasons? 

I think if it was to do with our shows then definitely playing at Everywhere Festival in Nottingham. We were playing really early (8pm I think) and assumed nobody would be there for our set, but the room was full within the first 10 minutes. It was really early in our ‘career’ so was a great, reassuring feeling. If it was to do with T&R on the whole, it would be leaving my job and us setting up our own studio – it makes it feel like a job, and gives an heir of self-dependency to go to ‘work’ which is always a nice feeling.

Techie music question… What’s your favourite bit of kit in the studio?

We just bought this new piece of kit called a Virus TI. Still getting to grips with how to use it all, but it’s actually really nice to touch knobs (…cue childish laughs) rather than clicking all day long with a mouse. Also, it has loads of cool stuff you can do on it, so it’s definitely breeding a lot more creativity from the pair of us. Once you get a little too familiar with a piece of kit or a VST you can tend to get a bit stagnant and frustrated with it.

If you weren’t a music producer/superstar DJ what profession would you most likely be working in? 

Well when I was younger I wanted to be a car designer. Then I went to uni and did a degree in English. But I’ve always loved psychology. In truth, I don’t really know what I would be doing, so I need to make sure this doesn’t go wrong in any way! I’d hope that some day I would work in the more business side of the industry. With running our label Cool Kid Music, there’s always a rewarding feeling of finding new talent.

What plans have you got music-wise for this year.

Just to keep writing more music and gig really. It would be amazing if at the end of the year we were in a position to think about writing an LP, but the most important thing for me is that we’re building a loyal and solid fan base. The rest of it comes second to that – for now the most important thing is that people are enjoying the music we’re putting out!

 Toyboy & Robin’s ‘Better Places’ EP is out now on MTA Records – buy it here and check it out below:

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