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Meet Toro Oro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toro Oro.

Toro Oro, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as a group.
In high school, Izzy (drums) and I (Ian) played together in a band called “The Ombres”. However, I stupidly quit, knowing I would be moving to LA for college. Once up there, I realized just how damn boring it is not being in a band. After a sad night all by my lonesome, I text Izzy to see what he’s up to. He tells me he’s moved from Simi Valley to Bakersfield, a long drive from my empty dorm in Westwood. Like a beautiful orange blossom turning into a delicious citrus fruit, our brains converged and bloomed a great idea: “Why don’t we make a band together”. As our facetime call was nearing three hours, we locked eyes, synchronized breaths, and said, “OK”.

Off we went scheming and planning on what we thought was the greatest idea of all time. We recruited our old friend, the multi-talented music major who goes by the name, “Russ”. Unbeknownst to us, he was preparing for a recital for his class at CSUN, but still made time for our call. What a nice man.

Now, we had guitars, drums, and keys, but we still needed something so moronic, it was a surprise that we couldn’t find it earlier. A bassist. We spent days on end searching for some idiot to just play these four-stringed instruments, even if they could only play one at a time. Instantly, Izzy had remembered something. He knew of the gnarliest bassist this side of the Arroyo Simi. Our very own Man with No Name, except he had a name. His name was Charlie.

Now, all together, we combined our various and diverse musical backgrounds and tastes to make songs that remind you of a simpler time. That time is the early 2000s.

Toro Oro: the band with a new take on a familiar taste. Like Coke Cherry. mmm I love Coke Cherry.

We’d love to hear more about your music. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We make music. Some call it rock, some call it punk, some call it indie. We call it Citrus Magic, a label that doesn’t bring up preconceived notions of what music should sound like (thanks to Strange Case for that idea).

We have no takeaways, we have no deeply seeded message that we hope our fans can figure out and live by. We just write music that sounds good to us, hopefully, the audience can appreciate our simplicity.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
It has been increasingly easier and easier to put yourself out there with the age of the internet. Many artists are independent, often having a few hits before signing anywhere. Even now, there is a whole genre dedicated to artists who made hits from their home studio. People even pay studios the simulate the lo-fi sound that already dominates the airwaves. Talent will bleed through any recording quality you may have. Of course, pure talent doesn’t instantly breed success. Luck will always be a factor in this industry. With that being said, the internet has made it much easier for up and coming artists like ourselves to sell themselves to the world.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We play live shows often. Right now, we play locally, from LA to SLO county, but will play anywhere you ask. We are just eager to play.

You can catch us playing anywhere from small venues to house parties, and while you’re there, you can pick up some cool Toro Oro merch. Stickers and T-Shirts are reasonable prices, we really just want our name to be out there, not your money (but money is nice).

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