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What is your name and role within Skegss?

My Name is Toby I play the bass and sing a few songs.

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I live in a small town just outside of Byron Bay, there is a lot of musicians and creative people around here.

A good karaoke night on Friday at the pub also a good jam session on Sunday’s.  The music scene in Byron is really good at the moment too with bands like Mini Skirt doing gigo’s at the pub.

When and How did Skegss start?
In 2014 Benny and Jon had been playing for about a year as a 2 piece around here and then I joined the band with another mate.  Benny and I were living together for a few years before we started playing together….. I kind of just got up with them when they were playing at the Northern.
How do you usually go about writing music?
I write song really fast and on impulse, I just make a melody and try to kind of freestyle a verse. I don’t usually spend more than 20 minutes on a song.  Benny goes back to his and works on them for years sometimes, thats probably why I like his more lol.
What or who influences your sound?

I don’t know……  I like good melodies and stories.

How did you first start playing music?
I first got a drum kit and learnt how to play that so I could start a band straight away.  The first song we made up was called The Goon Room Song, the goon room is the room where we jammed. Very creative haha.
Your rippin debut album ‘My Own Mess’ is out now!! Where and when did you record?
We recorded it at the grove studios at the start of the year.
Favourite track from the album and why?
Up in the clouds. When Ben showed me that song I don’t think I felt the same feeling about a song since I heard him play LSD for the first time.
Your on the last legs of your Aussie tour and then heading over to Europe, how have the shows been so far?
Really good.
What do you find most challenging and rewarding when touring?
The most rewarding thing is being able to put something on and its makes so many people happy.  The most taxing thing is being drained mentally from feeling such crazy emotions all within a hour.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Gardening, Skateboarding, Surfing and reading.
What do the Skegss have planned for 2019?
We don’t know yet.  We have the laneway tour and hopefully a few more tours?
Favourite food and place to hangout?

The Bahn Mi joint in Byron that is near the RSL.

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