TORA stand out. In a country that boasts an ever growing and internationally acclaimed electronic music scene, the boys from Byron Bay have earnt their place as one of Australia’s most promising young acts.
The last few months has seen the boys play at Splendour in the Grass, and sell out shows on their first national headline tour - promoting their sophomore EP titled ‘Eat The Sun’
With their sounds having been compared to the likes of SOHN, Toro Y Moi and James Blake, TORA’s second EP Eat The Sun has received huge praise from across the globe.
North Coast, NSW
From playing cute gigs raising funds to help rebuild a local community garden, to smashing the stage at Splendour In The Grass, saying that Tora is moving forward in leaps and bounds is probably the understatement of the century. Check out our interview with this week's Unearthed feature artist.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed listening to, and so it slowly developed through combinations of influences, as well as many hours of trial and error and the process of elimination... Ideas usually develop within the computer, starting with beats and production, then live instruments and vocals. We then have the challenge of pulling them off in a live situation.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The biggest inspiration for us is hearing new music, because we often forget that there's an infinite pool of ideas to be manifested. This gets our creative minds juicing.
What can punters expect from a TORA live show?
We get pretty into it when were on stage, we don't take ourselves too seriously, so there's usually a bit of goofy dancing and silly comments throughout the set. We've been told that the songs sound more energetic and upbeat when we play live. Most people don't realise, but we have 3 vocalists and we play the songs with real instruments.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Don't burn your bridges.' - Dave
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bee Gee's - Stayin' Alive, accompanied by flare pants and living room choreography.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vancouver sleep clinic - Collapse. Hear it and weep. :'(
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
"Dat Schlump Funk" by Silentjay.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our local community garden burnt down a little while ago, and they put on a fundraiser to rebuild it. We played a little set to contribute. It was super cute.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Byron Bay music community that inspire you.
Our close friends Gabe and Cecilia are musical geniuses, and inspire us through their crafty originality.
Potato Potato never cease to amaze us either, and they're always keen to jam.
What are your plans for TORA in 2014?
We've got some exciting shenanigans planned for the rest of the year, now including our first ever show at Splendour in the Grass.
We just released "Eat the Sun" the first single from our new EP which will be out later in the year.
We are also super stoked to be going on tour with Miami Horror in september, which will include shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.View Profile Hide Interview