An exclusive interview with London’s freshest trap export.
In a short period of time, TroyBoi has quickly risen to be one of trap’s finest. He’s got a collaboration with Diplo behind him and even bigger things ahead. He recently concluded a 3-city India tour that saw him raising roofs and dropping beats across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. While it may have been his first time performing in the country, it wasn’t the first time ToyBoi has been to India. In fact, TroyBoi even has some Indian blood from his mother’s side! Suffice to say, it was an interesting conversation with a talented performer.
What was the most memorable moment of your tour of India?
Honestly, the best part has been just receiving love from the people. It was my first time performing in India. Everywhere I’ve played so far, just to have my music known by people is an incredible feeling.
What are your expectations when performing in a new country?
It’s always different. It’s always unique. Every country has their own unique feel, their own unique vibe around it. But one thing that obviously connects everyone is the music. It’s very interesting. Each place that I’ve gone, every country has been unique. India has been a completely unique and incredible experience for me so far. It’s really wonderful.
What role does the internet have to play in the recent boom of electronic music producers?
Absolutely, the internet has a huge role to play in this. It’s through the internet that music is passed around so quickly and so freely. It’s the tool for the millennials, for the new generation. Even the old generation, they’re having to keep up with it because it’s moving so fast. So, the internet is a very, very important tool for music to spread.
Where do you think the future of electronic music is headed?
Music, in general, is only going to get bigger. Electronic music specifically is definitely a more rising, popular culture and type of music.
As a producer, how do you balance showcasing your productions skills and good songwriting?
Honestly, I don’t. I just do what I feel like I should do. I say this a lot of times to people – I make music for me. My music is my release. I really care about my art and the music that I make. So, everything after that, like when other people listen to it, it’s a blessing. It’s nice that other people can connect with it on this level as well. I just do. I don’t worry about it having to be a certain type of song or fitting a certain type of genre or category.
What can fans expect from your upcoming album ‘Left is Right’?
It’s my best work yet, I can definitely tell you that. I’ve always wanted to do like a complete body of work because all the music I’ve released I’ve just released for free or it’s just been singles. SO, for people who’ve never heard of me before and want to hear a catalog of music for me to showcase myself, this is definitely the album.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans are to stay consistent and to keep going. I can’t wait to produce more music. I’ve got so much, so many ideas at the moment. While I was working on the album I had to kind of stop myself. I’ve got many more ideas that I want to explore. The tour for my upcoming album ‘Left is Right’ is a huge graduation from the earlier tours I’ve done. So, it’s going to be everything that I have been doing but bigger and better.
When do we get to see you perform in India again?
Very soon! I can’t wait to come back. Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai have all shown me so much love. India has shown me so much love that I wish I could have seen some more cities. So, when I come back I’m going to make sure to do as many cities as I can. I’ll definitely come back here.