If you are a fan of Geelong’s nightlife scene, there is a 100 per cent chance you have encountered Togar. Whether you’ve seen him playing week in, week out at clubs such as Bloom, Uno and Basement, or killing it on the doof scene, there is no denying that he has put in a lot of hard work mastering his craft over the years.
But, what you probably didn’t know is that he has also been working extremely hard behind the scenes to get his producing up and running. Now a week from the release of his debut EP ‘Slow & Pretty,’ Tory Garwood, aka Togar, is set to make major waves in the electronic music scene.
Speaking of ‘Slow & Pretty’, Togar is seriously stoked about what’s to come.
“I’m pretty stoked about it,” he beams. “I’ve worked really hard on it for about a year and I feel that since I have been making music, these are the three tracks that will help to push me forward to convey the sound that I have been trying to craft for so long. That’s kind of what ‘Slow & Pretty’ is meant for, for the traction to start happening a bit more and to hopefully help my sound to expand in the future.”
Expanding on why he chose the three tracks that comprise the EP, he said, “I chose these three songs because they are so different from one another. It gives me the freedom in the future to make a down tempo track, or to make a house track or make a break-beat with lounge percussion. It’s given me the means to make whatever I want from her on in.
“I don’t want to be bound by any specific sounds that are associated to genres, so because of that I wanted it to be a pretty varied EP,” he continues. “My plan for all of my music is to constantly hit different sounds and emotions so that I’m never stuck in a spot being tied down to one sound, and I think ‘Slow & Pretty’ is allowing me to do that.”
With ‘Slow & Pretty’ being released through label up and comers, Clipp.art, Togar drew mention to his love of the family dynamic’s that are found with DIY labels.
“Clipp.art was really random when it happened. I had been posting a lot of things on Instagram and Clipp.art had randomly followed me and I discovered that they were a new, up and coming House/Electronic music label. From posting gigs that I was playing, they offered me if I wanted to play one of their first shows with Coeo and DJ Boring, which I was never going to say no to.
“I feel really good about them. They are still up and coming, but they are putting in a lot of effort to create a real family dynamic within the label, which I’m really into as well, I’m really into the community side of music.”
In support of his EP release, Togar will be headlining a launch party at Geelong’s own Bloom the week before he jets off to play ‘Why Not Festival’ in Darwin alongside the likes of CC:Disco and Sleep D. Speaking of his launch party he excitedly said, “I think it’ll go really well. There is a stacked line-up for the night and it includes some people who were pivotal in helping me get too where I am, so it should be an unreal vibe!”
You can catch Togar this Saturday at Bloom, Geelong at 10pm. Check out his FB at www.facebook.com/togarmusic/
Written by Alex Callan