Images Courtesy of Toro y Moi
“When I take photos, I like to look for something timeless,”
Columbia, South Carolina: The capital of Southern hospitality, Cola-Town, call it what you will. Chaz Bundick calls it home, and he’s happy to be back for a home-cooked meal after a 19-city tour with Islands. The 23-year-old started writing songs in 2001, when he came up with the name Toro y Moi. “It really didn’t have that much meaning when I was 15, but now I keep finding out more things about how the name can relate to my life.”
Bundick counts his parents’ record collection as an influence, with the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Specials as standouts. “I stole my dad’s copy of the blue album by Weezer when I was eight,” he confesses. In seventh grade, he started playing guitar and would play along to his father’s collection.
His blog, “Lessons of the Poor and Lonely,” showcases his photography and design. “When I take photos, I like to look for something timeless,” he explains. The same glow characterizes the music, evoking ’70s soul and ’60s pop, without crossing the retrospectively ersatz line, with touches of freak folk, Daft Punk and Dilla.