First off, “Toy Toy”? Are we talking about the South African form of song and dance/ protest? Or what is the inspiration behind the brand name?
Well Toyi-toyi is the traditional form of peaceful protest dance from South Africa, but originally from Zimbabwe used by Zimbabwe Peoples Revolutionary Army. I kinda just came up with it because it was a play on words, quite playful, but it is a club night where people dance, and dance in protest against the norm or what is considered acceptable. So seemed fitting.
You’re a large part of the organisation behind the event, how does it feel being able to perform under the name Dogstarr, as well as drive everything behind the scenes with such a big event?
From the early days, where we just wanted to play music with our friends to our friends, it has always felt great. Being a weekly event it takes careful forward planning and we are all very pedantic and uncompromising about all elements of the night, from the line ups, to the design, through to the dancers experience on each night. It has taken nearly 6 years but we have an amazing family who all have integral roles in ensuring the quality of each night is world class. This along with running the venue AND club is a dual battle each day.
But it’s an amazing feeling to perform at TOYTOY, it’s my home, and where I feel most comfortable playing.
Why do you make music?
I haven’t made music is a while, but i make music because it’s another creative outlet for me.
I used to draw as a kid, now i like to draw with sounds.
Other than music-related stuff, what do you want to get out of 2017?
That is a very good question, and has made me think a bit about my answer. I am usually consumed with running this business and hardly allow myself time to focus on other interests and balance. So i’d say what i hope to get out 2017, is a more balanced lifestyle, get back into the outdoors and other hobbies i have, which i have neglected over the last 3 years.
We always think about things like, “How can we use street style photography to change the world?” or things like, “How can we use festival coverage to change the world?” so we’re going to a pose a similar question to you because we believe that there’s always something you can do to improve peoples’ lives in the areas that you are passionate about. I ask you, “How can we use music to change the world?”
We can go on about how music brings people together where, culture, colour, creed all don’t matter when you lost in the music. But i am not, that is very idealistic and too hippified for me. We all know this world is fucked, from the financial system to politics. The system is inherently flawed and will never do right in it’s current form. It all has to burn to the ground for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes. Music can be a form of expression, anarchy, symbol of non-conformitism, angst and liberation. So in our intent when making, or playing music, let not our intent be governed by the flawed system we subscribe to everyday of our lives, because that is our only escape…