By Jay King
EDMONTON – There’s a term used when describing opposites: “worlds apart.” The term indicates those that are defined by radically different paradigms. In music, the term is infrequently used, yet applicable to the fusion of unusual genres or sounds into a cohesive whole. In the case of South London’s TroyBoi, and his knack for fusing a miasma of unique sounds and styles into his own signature pastiche, it’s perfectly suited.
Signature tracks “Mantra” and “Do You?” exhibit the varying cultural influences that permeate his catalogue. Thanks to a mix of Nigerian, Chinese, Indian and Portuguese ethnicities, there is a kaleidoscope of sounds that appear in his music.
“From being a baby it’s been imbedded in me,” begins TroyBoi, who resides in London and goes by Troy Henry when not on stage.
“My mom, she used to love watching Indian movies. She would watch them all day, every day. And in Hindi movies there are so many songs and it’s like a three or four hour movie. My mom would watch like two movies a day, that’s like eight hours. Can you imagine how many songs I was listening to as a kid?”
His father equally gifted him with a love for disco and funk, and now the sky seems to be the limit with where he can go with his Trap oriented sound.
After finishing up the last leg of his North American tour, appropriately dubbed Mantra, TroyBoi has humbly embraced his highly acclaimed, new found solo success over the last couple of years.
“It’s been amazing, really, being from London, and to be able to come all the way out here, to meet and greet my fans, it’s just really nice,” Troyboi explains. While he’s been involved with the collaborative project SoundSnobz (with best friend and fellow producer, icekream), being in great demand solo is something he’s humbled by and has been cultivating since the early 2010’s when he began producing, remixing, and releasing.
“This tour is specifically for the fans. For anyone who’s maybe never heard the music, this is the one for them.”
Even though he’s collaborated with the likes of Flosstradamus and Diplo, having another fellow producer be such a close friend has really meant a lot to Troyboi, and he is forthright in expressing so.
“He’s like my brother, right there. We have a whole bunch of tracks already, and we’re going to be doing a lot more. It’s been kind of hard to juggle everything, cause I’ve been away, and he’s been doing his own thing, as well. But once all the touring is over, and I’m making more music, that’s when we’re really gonna come with SoundSnobz, full scene.”
With an obvious appreciation for his humble beginnings and for clear vision of where he would like to go, TroyBoi’s ambition is sincere and focused.
“There’s so many things that are motivating me,” he says.
“From my actual goals, to the fans, there’s a lot that goes behind the drive and force to get me to these places, for sure.”
TroyBoi is performing in Edmonton during the Northern Lights Music Festival. It runs April 14th and 15th; tickets can be purchased at http://northernlightsmusicfest.com/.Northern Lights Music Festival, TroyBoi