If you’re looking for an exciting and unique sound—maybe something with fresh, otherworldly sounds, fruitful with wonky style, and basslines that cover any tempo—then look no further than the Ohio-based DJ and producer . Since his first dip into the world of production in 2010, Toadface has turned what began as a hobby of creating experimental sounds with his friends into a full-fledged career. If there is one thing to take away from Toadface’s creative contribution to all things bass music, it’s that there is no telling what the promising producer has cooking in the studio. With that said, one thing is for certain: Toadface continues to push the envelope and challenge the boundaries of bass music time and time again.
Having just released the 12-track Bugs for Breakfast LP on as well as launching into a nationwide fall tour, Toadface is determined to prove his future is brighter than ever! In the midst of all of the excitement, we caught up with Toadface and chatted about the Bugs for Breakfast LP, the inspiration behind it, his journey through the production world, and what’s next. To get the behind-the-scenes details, check out our exclusive interview with none other than Toadface himself and download/stream the LP here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us! How’s life been treating you?
Very good! This year has been a major level up for me from the last and I am still adjusting to how great and exciting everything has become.
Let’s jump right into the project. Congrats on a massive release! How has Bugs for Breakfast been received by your fans?
The reception has been incredible so far! Everyone has a different favorite track, so I think that’s a good sign that it’s a well-rounded LP and not a couple hit singles and some filler tracks.
Bugs for Breakfast is such a huge body of work. Tell us a little bit about the 12-track journey you’re hoping to take listeners on with this project.
I still wanted it to be heavy because I love heavy music, especially while I exercise, but I also wanted it to be extremely unique and maintain a psychedelic atmosphere all the way through. I spent two years working on these tracks on and off while finishing up some other works and touring, and really wanted to cover as much ground in the left-field bass category as we possibly could. I also wanted to get as many collaborators on the project that shared similar visions as me and I couldn’t be more happy with the end result.
You’ve really come to perfect your distinct sound while maintaining diversity throughout the project. How have you been able to come to this place artistically?
At every show I play, I always go out into the crowd to experience the other artist sets to gain inspiration. Then I take the inspiration and try to add my own twist and unique spin on it. I think my music stays true to myself and that’s why it has a consistent vibe; because it’s who I am. I grew up going canoeing down the Miami river so I think growing up that way has influenced the overall swampiness of my personality.
Tell us a little bit about where you looked for inspiration when putting the album together.
My biggest inspirations are Yheti, G Jones, Bleep Bloop, The Widdler, DMVU, Of The Tree’s, Space Jesus, Freddy Todd, and Tsuruda. I always feel like if I can make a track that sounds like all of them put together along with some naturally swampy elements, then the track is heading in the right direction.
Do you have a favorite track off the LP?
Every track was a favorite at one point or another, but my current favorite is ‘Cronenberg.’ We started the track on my computer while we were all doing the Far From the Tree tour. When I got back, I spent another large chunk of time on it before sending it to Yheti, and he did a really great job of cleaning it up. When I was finishing that track, it was one of those moments of clarity where I kept getting new ideas for new techniques and every idea was landing, so it just all came together very nicely.
What was your favorite part of producing the album?
Making the promo video was a very fun time! We did three different shoots, one in the woods and two at my house. It was a great experience creating a character to go with the art so it could be a more well rounded piece that the fans could enjoy.
Let’s take it back to basics. How did you initially get involved in production?
I started producing around 2010 while I was still in high school. My older brother Yheti was starting his career and wanted to teach people how to write music, so he wasn’t the only one in our small Ohio town that was doing it. It started out as a hobby and a way for our group of friends to bond with each other. We started writing new beats to impress one another and try to make the weirdest and most interesting tracks as possible.
Then I went to college to become a Computer Scientist. I got good grades, but I wasn’t really enjoying myself and never felt like I really connected with the people in the school, and I always felt like a loner. In my junior year of college, my brother offered to take me with him on tour to open for him, at this time I could tell my production was touching people on an emotional level and I knew this could potentially be my only chance to pursue it. So, I dropped out of school and the rest is history. Best choice of my life!
What’s next for Toadface?
I’m about to embark on my first nationwide headlining tour, which I am very excited for. I have a Guccimen remix coming out before the end of the year that’s a big tune that’s been getting rinsed by Space Jesus, Freddy Todd, and Yheti. I also have a new EP I have been working on that I am really proud of as well as a remix for Psymbionics that I think the fans will really enjoy.
Before we wrap things up, are there any shoutouts you’d like give out?
Yes, I would like to shout out all my brothers that are coming with me on tour this fall: Sfam, Eazybaked, Milano, G-space, Mystic Grizzly, and Sayer. All these dudes make amazing music and everyone should check them out if they haven’t already!