The Budapest band AGAVOID was founded in 2015, experimenting with elements of electronic pop, trip-hop, experimental and dream pop. The band works as a trio with a singer (Puskás Dalma Tamara), bass guitar producer (Kristóf Huszár) and keyboard player (Kriska Bálint). In October 2015, the debut EP Tamper / Ignore was released, in December the single "After" and the music video for it were released. In 2016, their first LP was released under the title CĀSUS, as an active participant in the following years they performed in Budapest and at several festivals. In 2017, they released a new single under the title Moldavite, together with the accompanying video clip, it was internationally premiered on the NOWNESS site. In 2018, they appeared on Anima Sound System's jubilee remix album, for which they prepared a complete revision of the track Open Your Eyes. Their song Fragment was released at the beginning of 2020, which was included on the Telekom Electronic Beats compilation disc. The band's second LP titled STRATUM was released in November 2020, followed by two video clips for their tracks 'Aviate' and 'Pearl'. With their first Hungarian-language track, Átfedés, they appeared on the PLUTO Sound compilation album. In 2021, they won the Klipszemle Sound Recorder special prize with their song Aviate.
Music in his blood: exceptional artist x vocal virtuoso
An unmistakable style that reflects the spirit of the times and seeks to evolve with it – this is what characterizes Lou Asril’s music from the very first moment. The basis for his musicality is a classical piano education and early stage performances, culminating in the winning of the prestigious Joe Zawinul Award at the age of 17. His first single – DIVINE GOLDMINE – was released in 2019, catapulted straight to #1 in the charts, and brought him prominent playlist placements as well as award nominations (Best Alternative at the AAMA, FM4 Award). Collaborations with producer AgaJon (BERLIN, PRETTY CITY), sound artist Zebo Adam (HEAVEN), a highly acclaimed live performance at the Austrian Amadeus Music Awards, as well as further live performances (Glatt&Verkehrt Festival, poolbar Festival, and many more) followed.
Numerous styles have found their way into his work so far: In addition to initially predominant soul & RnB, pop, hip-hop and electronic music are strong influences which still allow him to explore his own style and to develop in various directions.
In the creation of the current EP RETROMIX21, Lou Asril has outgrown what he calls the “younger, more restrained” image of the soul artist, leaning more into his electronic music inclinations and incorporating elements from hip-hop to rap. His tone becomes sharper, the melodies edgier, the sound bolder and the topics addressed marked by a greater sensitivity.
Where the journey goes from here is unclear. But in his work, Lou Asril increasingly sketches the mystery that is him, and gives us his music as a possible key to the enigma in which he wraps himself.
Writing songs has always been quite natural and ever-present in Toby Whyle’s life. And he’s written plenty of them over the last decade. However, what’s new is the realisation that songwriting is one of his few means to slow down the bright and fast-paced world surrounding us. Driven by the urge to create and develop something new, he started to write again. And suddenly, this feeling of being able to pause time came out more intense and immediate than ever.
In this way, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist manages to stand back from the constant rush, carving out space to move freely at his own pace. “Each song is an empty room, and I can decide for myself how I’m going to furnish it. It might get rather chaotic with stuff piled up to the ceiling, then again there’s almost nothing in it”, he describes his approach to songwriting. For him, creating melodies, crafting music and lyrics is not just a means of reflecting on situations he finds himself in but also a tool of handling them. Toby’s music strives to affect and inspire people in all the different phases in life, as his songs are also a result of the diverse situations he’s gone through.
Aesthetics and craftsmanship play a crucial role in Toby Whyle’s creative process, from crafting songs, recording and producing them, and building and maintaining a particular visual language. He aims to create high-quality and exceptional music that enthuses and delights people, which sparks energy and conveys a certain feeling.
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