ALTER EGO – Toby Tobias UK / Split Secs L A / Jimmy B / Rob G / Ivan Ruiz at The Great Northern
From his fledgling days of being an eleven year old breaker to smuggling in a renegade sound system to Glastonbury in the early 90s , to his own Tracky Bottoms and London Housing Trust labels, Toby has quintessentially always been about the music. Though he got his first proper break contributing a remix for the Bear Funk label in 2004, it was his 2006 release, A Close Shave, on the newly minted Rekids label that really helped launch him into wider recognition.
It was the Rekids connection and a simultaneous residency in east London basement Club 54 that really helped develop his DJ craft, and DJ tours to Japan, Brazil and Berlin’s Panorama bar helped shift things in an upward direction.
Since then the purveyor of anything from Balearic boogie to sub aquatic house has notched up a heavy list of releases, two full-length albums and many remixes and re edits. Not to mention many collaborative and side projects you may or may not know about – yet… watch this space.
He currently holds a monthly residency in Soho, London with Phonica records (who he has a close alliance with) and every month hundreds converge on a hidden garden in the heart of Soho for something the area hasn’t seen for many years. Toby also has a new night, Rain Forest, developed with Piers Harrison of Soft Rocks, where they get to experiment with more soulful ethereal sounds – this is taking shape around London and their first visits beyond are forthcoming in July.