I have been travelling and performing for over ten years - playing over one hundred shows a year. My band and I tour throughout Australia, Canada, Europe and USA- performing at bars, cafes, restaurants, open air concerts, festivals, wine bodegas, hay barns.. you name it!
Our touring is really rather budget - we all pack into a van and off we go. The costs of touring are huge as an independent artist - this year alone I will spend over $20,000 on flights, nearly $10,000 on hiring cars and over $5000 on petrol. Iâm so fortunate that my amazing band mates also love what they do and are happy to do this for a small amount of money and the ‘experienceâ.
We work really hard on tour - driving on average about 7 hours a day, before getting out ofÂ the car and instantly setting up and sound checking, then checking into our accom,Â eating quickly and then going on stage to perform to all sorts of crowds. We do love what we do. But it is tiring both physically andÂ emotionallyâŠ and financially.
I have spent over $200,000 on recordings alone and I have produced 6 full length albums, a number ofÂ Eps and a couple DVDS. I will keep doing this as long as I can - there is a giantÂ ladder that I am trying to climbâŠ and the journey is really incredible. I do count myself lucky to do what I love, but I also know I deserve this with the huge amount of work I have put into my career for over a decade .
About Project Creator:
âTobyÂ âÂ whose voice seems to know no bounds fronts the one part orchestra, one part bonfire jam, one part circus with easeâŠâ
West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience canât be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.
âMusic is a cold beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Itâs a hot chocolate warming you on a winters day. Itâs like sky-diving over the Alps, itâs the heartbreak, the falling in love, then the heartbreak again. Itâs the excitement of really feeling emotions in their most raw state. Itâs travel, itâs culture. Itâs the one thing that can really bring us all to the same level. It bulldozes down all barriers. Itâs the soul of what i do.â
A prolific and powerful artist, music has always been Tobyâs driving force. Toby grew up in Western Australia and bases much of her work here, with strong ties in Canada, the USA and Europe, most notably The Netherlands where her motherâs roots lie. Toby has recently gained her Dutch citizenship and plans to spend more of her time in what she calls âher second homeâ. Over the past seven years Toby has captured the hearts of 1000âs of audiences across the globe. In the meantime, she has 5 albums, 2 live DVDs and several (hard to come by) Eps under her belt. Between her touring and recording, it is a rare occasion that she will spend any given time in one place, setting her up for some great song writing inspiration. Toby finds her anchor in her family, her life on the road and the people she meets and this shows in her song writing. She was born to perform.
Her new album âNobody Told Meâ, was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle with acclaimed producer Ryan Hadlock (best known for his production work on platinum selling album âThe Lumineersâ,Â by The Lumineers) and engineer Jerry Streeter. TOBY was honoured to work with the likes of Portland based Joe Plummer (Shins, Modest Mouse and Cold War Kids), bassist AdamÂ Trachsel and violinist Lauren Jacobson (both performed on the Grammy nominated albumÂ The Lumineers), and Josh Neumann on cello (Brandi Carlile, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). The Shins bassist Yuuki Matthews, and Seattle based players Charles WicklanderÂ (keys)Â and Kimo MurakiÂ (electric guitar, trumpet, banjo and backing vocals)Â also make their mark on the album. Perthâs own Daryl Eagle plays the haunting electric guitar line in the heart string puller, âThree Daysâ. The album is a result of a few life affirming years for the artist. The songs are simply Tobyâs take on life on the road, travel, dreams, love in all itâs forms, independence and everything in between. The album will be released in Australia in early 2015, and marks a real shift for the artist.
Tobyâs eclectic touring life sees her continue to spread her infectious musical vein across the globe, playing everything from sold out headline shows to impressive festival slots and supports, from barnyard gigs to canal boats and intimate bodegas for a lucky few. Her reputation as a must-see, emotionally charged live performance, intertwined with songs guaranteed to get you moving, precedes her wherever she plays.
âThe groupâs charisma and strong dynamic crafted several invigorating numbers, including an eclectic mix of hits and new tracks. Synchronising acoustic, electric and bass strums, Toby relished in her musicâs glorious glow. Vibrating the modest venue, the groupâs hearty and boisterous set made for a positive aura.Â As the mosh pit steadily grew, Toby enlivened the audience with explosive guitar riffs and her enthusiastic presence. Toby herself is worth the price of admission and then some. Enthralling everyone from drunken larrikins to timid critics, the singerâs powerful vocals established her immense talents. Her enthusiastic stage moves and blood-sweat-and-tears approach created a flawless Saturday night vibe, particularly during tracksÂ Last NightÂ andÂ Crash Landing.â (MUSIC MAGAZINE November 2014)
âThis track (STOLE THEM AWAY) demonstrates Tobyâs gift for storytelling, but how she manages to convey her narrative so well, is through her fantastic vocal deliveryÂ âÂ sheâs incredibly passionate and emotive in the way she tells her story, and itâs amplified by some fantastic country-rock driven guitar workâ. Kane Sutton (DRUM MEDIA 2014)
âWhat sets Toby apart from other performers mining a similar vein is her infectious energy, a kind of worldly appreciation of life that makes even her most melancholy songs thrum with a kind of joyousness.â (X-press Magazine January 2011)
âItâs a gifted singer-songwriter who is daring enough to remain this raw. Itâs the same reason why Tobyâs audience has found such a home in her musicâ THE WEST (Sept 3 2010)
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