INTERVIEW: My Boyfriend



My Boyfriend creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.


Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?


My name is Tobias and I’m from “Australia”. I grew up in Ngunnawal country (Canberra) and have lived in Naarm (Melbourne) for nearly 4 years.


I have my family to thank as I’ve always been into music! I’ve always had an instrument in my hand from a young age. My passion for music definitely comes from my Dad.


How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?


My sound, like many others, is constantly evolving. I started out producing Hip-Hop, I then shifted to Deep and Tech House, to Nu-Disco, to Drift Phonk before finally settling on an Electro sound.


At the moment, I’m mostly mixing with Electro and Breakbeat. Some of my favourite artists to mix with are Yollks, Eastern Distributor, Manao, Cyan85 and False Persona.


How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?


I hope that the style I imitate will inspire more to step out of their comfort zones and experiment with their chosen genres. Many Electro artists have taken a Nu approach to the genre, mostly noticeable in the consistent change of kick pattern mid song to a four to the floor kick. The artists that inspired me to start experimenting with my music are the Bogotá legends themselves: Manao and Dagga (with an honourable to False Persona and everything that comes out of International Chrome)


What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?


Aside from my forthcoming EP, Algorithm, I'm not working on anything personal at the moment. Jowever I can tell you that BPS has some exciting stuff in the works for 2022...I just can't reveal any details yet. Hop on @backpocketslammers for any and all updates.


Where are you and what have you been doing now?


Currently I am still in Naarm and I’ve mostly been focusing on maintaining my mental health throughout the long lockdown we've had. While it has been challenging, I've taken the opportunity to work on my music every day of lockdown. This has given me time to experiment and play, which has been great. Other than that you can find me outside hucking a disc with my housemates :)


Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?


I would say that the thing that has changed the most about my sound throughout the past year is my new-found willingness to experiment, as I mentioned previously. When I started producing I was very stuck in my ways and my production was very formulaic, now I find myself playing around with new plug-ins and samples and are overall having a much more enjoyable time.


Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?


At first I was very worried that I would be harshly judged for the quality of the music I put out and as a result - while it is quite ‘out there’ - my first few projects felt very stiff and rigid. As I’ve grown as a person and as an artist I’ve realised that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and no matter what style of music you make, someone will be into it.


We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?


In my opinion the digital revolution has increased creativity immensely, and made music-making accessible to virtually anyone. The fact that something with little to no experience and knowledge can download a DAW and start producing right away is just mind-blowing. The fact that I was able to is mind-blowing. The number of genres that we can attribute to this immense creative shift is phenomenal.


BUY


Produced by Tobias Hall

Executively Produced by Hamish Nicolson

Mixed and mastered at Union Street Sessions

Artwork by Oliver Golding