Get to know Toby Wells, a Central Coast performer who’s just released his super-alluring debut single ‘One Of The Things’.
Toby’s vocal is gorgeous; incredibly warm with such a sweet tone. And the song itself is instantly likeable, fusing acoustic pop with gentle production and a super sweet hook. We love it.
So, naturally, we wanted to get to know a little about the guy behind the track.
So kick back and delve into the world of Toby Wells.
01. Name : Toby Wells.
02. Where are you based? Central Coast of New South Wales.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve always been noisy I’m told. My first guitar was given to me on my 11th birthday and I was hooked. I didn’t start singing until I was about 14. My singing teacher at school will tell you how much of an effort it was to get me to sing in front of people. But I gradually got a bit of confidence and then singing and became my whole life pretty much.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Honest, emotional, musical, authentic, passionate.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound is kind of John Mayer meets mainstream pop. Full of layered synths and vocals inspired by artists like Charlie Puth.
I played in rock bands when I was younger so I guess that’s where it started. Over time I realized the potential and the possibilities that come with production so I started to incorporate more and more of that into my music until it developed into what it is today.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? I did piano lessons when I was six. At the end of year concert I was so nervous and refused to go onstage. I ran away and hid until the show was over. It took a long time to shake those nerves.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Thirsty Merc, John Mayer, Charlie Puth, The Fray.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Those Eyes’ – Thirsty Merc, ‘Treasure’ – Bruno Mars, ‘When She Loved Me’ – Sarah McLachlan, ‘Thank U, Next’ – Ariana Grande, ‘I Will Do Anything’ – Elaskia, ‘Carnival Heart’ – Max Jackson, ‘Still In Love With You’ – Dragon. This list isn’t in order and is also ever changing.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? My car. I’ve got a mad little sound system going. It’s also good when I’m driving alone and can really, properly listen.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling…
Happy : Bruno Mars, Thirsty Merc, Peking Duk, Kasey Musgraves.
Sad : Michael Buble, John Williams, The Fray, The Script.
Introspective : Thirsty Merc, Tame Impala.
Exhausted : Michael Buble.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? ‘Slideshows’ by Thirsty Merc.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I wear a dressing gown (robe) for around 90% of my life.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Race car driver. Or a mechanic. I like cars!
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Stay positive. My father Gareth Wells has been through so much in his life. He’s been through some really difficult things but he can always be found smiling about something, because if you are a good person there will always be something to smile about.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Playing at the Sydney Opera House for Encore 2018.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I have been a huge fan of Ian Moss since I was 14. I was playing at a local venue less than five mins away from my house in late 2019 and he came in, sat down and had lunch! He came up after my set and said some really nice things. Just a crazy coincidence.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Shawn Mendes.
He’s got it all sorted.
18. Tell us about your latest release. ‘One Of The Things’, my latest single, is about how quickly the world progresses and leaves you in the dust! It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends because as soon I catch on everyone has moved to the next thing. It’s my first single and I’m so stoked to finally have music out in the world.
It was recorded in Rod McCormack’s studio ‘The Music Cellar’ on the Central Coast and produced by Rod McCormack. Rod and I have been writing and recording together for years now and have become good friends.
Musically its quite simple with lots of vocal harmonies, layered guitar and synths. It’s OUT NOW everywhere!
19. What do your future plans involve? I have a few songs that I’ll be releasing over 2020 but it’s all top secret at this stage!
20. Where can our audience catch you live? Nowhere at the moment due to Covid 19. Hopefully that will soon change.