by Sam Spence
Columbia-raised musician and Toro Y Moi creator and frontman Chaz Bundick, best known for his full embrace of the indie-hipster "chillwave" musical trend that's brought acts such as Beach House, Real Estate, Washed Out and even Frank Ocean to your Spotify players and Band Camps sat down with NPR last week to discuss his newest album, "Anything In Return," which came out in January.
Hailing from Columbia, S.C., Bundick, 26, creates music under the name Toro y Moi. He says that growing up, his parents introduced him to the sounds of the '80s, from UB40 to Elvis Costello. And they also introduced him to the piano.
"My mom starting off as, like, a stricter Asian parent made me take piano lessons at 8 years old, and at first I didn't like it," Bundick says. "I did learn how to read, but when I was 12 I told my mom I wanted to quit piano. And so I started guitar."
Before Bundick made his most recent stop in Charleston last September, he talked with the City Paper about growing up in the South Carolina music scene:
"I feel like the scene, it's very small, but it's really strong," he says, not just of Columbia, but of South Carolina in general. "If you want support, you'll get it. There's a lot of people there that are going to be for what you're doing, because everyone knows that South Carolina is not known for its music scene, so they want to keep pushing to make it better."
A January SF Weekly cover story led off declaring Bundick embodies the genre, that he's "so goddamn chill," a sentiment his label's owner Todd Hyman attributes to his Palmetto State roots:
"He's a pretty laid-back guy — I think growing up in the South usually helps that kind of attitude," Hyman says. "A lot of artists, they'll have managers and lawyers and you have to go through all these other people. It's not like that with Chaz — I can just call him or e-mail him anytime."
Check out the NPR interview here, or listen below.