Ahead of our massive First Birthday party, we've decided to put a spotlight on the artists bringing the heat on the night so you can get to know the stars of UNDR ctrl a little better. First up, FBi Radio sweetheart Adi Toohey talks crate digging in London and her out of control Uber addiction.
UC: Describe your on stage style?
AT: I tend to keep it pretty low key, just some dorky dancing when I can’t help myself.
UC: How did you celebrate your most recent birthday?
AT: My friends at Secret Garden Bar in Enmore let me take over the programming for a night and I had a good hang with all my loved ones. My sister made fairy bread!
UC: When is the last time you volunteered/donated to charity/did a favor for a mate?
AT: I volunteer on a weekly basis at our beloved community radio station FBi. On Mondays I produce Simon Caldwell’s longstanding Monday Sunset, and host the Saturday Sunset program from 6-8pm.
UC: What is the most undr ctrl and the most out of ctrl thing in your life right now?
AT: With the first semester of a Master of Teaching safely under my belt, I feel like I’ve got uni undr ctrl. As for out of ctrl, I think I’ll have to nominate my Uber usage.
UC: What has been your favourite party to play so far this year?
AT: Without a doubt the Picnic Seventh Birthday celebrations, back to back with my buds Rimbombo in a packed out Imperial Hotel.
UC: What are your 3 favourite tracks to play at the moment?
AT: Jack J – Atmosphere
I’ve been waiting a long time for this EP from Pender Street Steppers’ Jack J to be released.
Men From The Nile – Watch Them Come
Recently had my mind blown by Jay Daniel playing this old Roy Davis Jr production at Soul Control.
African Connection – Tiembelema
Groovy African tune from 1984.
UC: You’re on the Sunset Slot every Saturday night on FBi, how do you go about finding new music to play each week?
AT: I’m always on the hunt, and find things through a lot of channels – other people’s mixes and radio shows, Soundcloud, YouTube related video spirals, my Facebook feed and of course going digging for records.
UC: You’re also into record digging, what has been your best find?
AT: So many ‘Yessssss’ moments, but I once ordered a second hand record from Italy, which never arrived, and the seller wouldn’t give me a refund. Shortly afterwards I headed overseas and the first crate I checked out at London Record Fair had a copy sitting there for 3 pounds. It’s not worth much but it made my day.
UC: You’re gearing up to play your first Splendour In The Grass, can we expect to see you playing some more shows across the country this year?
AT: Stix and I have managed to piece together a little East Coast tour over the next two months that I’m super stoked for, including a trip down to Melbourne and all the way up to Townsville!
You can catch Adi along with the rest of the huge line up on Saturday 1st of August. Tickets available now through Moshtix via link below.