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Toro Y Moi: An Etsy Music Collaboration

Feb 17, 2011

by kilas

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

dave_phone.jpg The intersection of art and music has always fascinated me. Having run an independent record label for over 15 years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a handful of musicians whose creative palette extends well beyond writing and performing some of my favorite jams. These artists aren’t just song makers but also designers, screenprinters, woodworkers and painters. Their craft manifests in the same garages, studios, and kitchen nooks that nurture the indie entrepreneurship and DIY mentality of the Etsy community. Yes, music and Etsy go together like Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, and Hall & Oates.

With this in mind, we are thrilled to bring 24-year-old musician and graphic designer, Chaz Bundick to Etsy. Performing under the moniker Toro Y Moi, the Columbia, South Carolina native rose to the fore of the music blogosphere in summer 2009 with hazy bedroom recordings, pulling from a wide range of influences — French house, Brian Wilson’s pop, ’80s R&B, and Stones Throw hip-hop.

Toro Y Moi will be releasing their new album on February 22, 2011, and to celebrate they’ve teamed up with Etsy to present limited-edition, hand-screened tote bags designed by Chaz himself and packaged with digital download cards of the new album. This unique collaboration will be available exclusively on Etsy. To whet your appetite, Toro Y Moi is offering a free download of their song, “New Beat.”

Catch the band on tour as they perform in cities around the world throughout 2011, and check out some of Chaz’s favorites in the Related Items below.

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74 comments

  • kilas

    kilas said 6 years ago

    Soooo excited about this!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Nice tunes : ) creative people are so talented!

  • iWALLS

    iWALLS said 6 years ago

    Great Story! I love the tote bags too!

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! I love how the musicians are also designers woodworkers etc. It seems like most musical people are also very creative as well!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    like the chocolate whipp and the old bike

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Blending auditory art with visual art makes a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    I have to say that very first imagine invokes a huge amount of weirdness in my belly - I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing a new artist with me. I am impressed. Much luck and success in the future to Toro Y Moi.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Great music. Can't wait to check them out at SXSW! Love etsy sharing music.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    Very cool--thanks for sharing with us!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Very creatative. Like the vintage items shown. Thanks for the article.

  • SuperflyLullabies

    SuperflyLullabies said 6 years ago

    maaaaaaaajor "like".

  • kjgrigoriadis

    kjgrigoriadis said 6 years ago

    Wow! Can't wait till the 22nd to hear it!

  • jascamille

    jascamille said 6 years ago

    Not bad.

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    Great tunes!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Really cool to see this on Etsy!

  • 22ndandChatty

    22ndandChatty said 6 years ago

    Here's to creativity! Very soothing music. Good luck!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 6 years ago

    love this. :)

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 6 years ago

    Good to see music and Etsy tendriling around each other more!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    Time to plug in the old speakers to the dinosaur of a computer and get out of my music box (haha, music box.) Help, I can't stop listening to Elvis Costello! Please keep introducing me to new musicians...especially if they sound like Elvis Costello.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Love it! Good work!

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 6 years ago

    ooooooooh

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    How awesome! The ARTS! The entire spectrum...where are our dancers? Thank you so much!

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 6 years ago

    simple and nice coffee brown.

  • yellingandlaughing

    yellingandlaughing said 6 years ago

    This is such an excellent collaboration! I am so happy to see Etsy taking part in a project like this, especially with such a great artist (musically and otherwise).

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    I have to tell you when that picture popped up I jumped at first lol!

  • softspoken

    softspoken said 6 years ago

    Yay for Colatown, Chaz, n' Etsy!

  • FlatOutFun

    FlatOutFun said 6 years ago

    Well Done inviting & fun! Keep On Rockin`

  • CathodeBlue

    CathodeBlue said 6 years ago

    Cool feature! Definitely want to check out. (& thanks so much for featuring our letterpress numbers!)

  • ChristinaThomasArt

    ChristinaThomasArt said 6 years ago

    Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 6 years ago

    How wonderful :) I like this band! Great job guys

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Nice picture!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    yay toro y moi!!!

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 6 years ago

    great story and fab article!! Thanksssss ^____^

  • LillysPaper

    LillysPaper said 6 years ago

    What is in his mouth!??

  • SweetAvenueJewelry

    SweetAvenueJewelry said 6 years ago

    That image is totally freeeeaking me out! What is it? Anyone?

  • blueberryblonde

    blueberryblonde said 6 years ago

    =)

  • PinkWaterWeasels

    PinkWaterWeasels said 6 years ago

    Yay Chaz! and Columbia! and ETSY!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 6 years ago

    Very interesting and great story!~

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Cool, etsy has always been music for me.

  • flabbergastbanana

    flabbergastbanana said 6 years ago

    whaaat! I discovered Toro Y Moi off youtube 4 months ago and I love his music! hats off to etsy for bringing us this collab. my love and respect for etsy has been refreshed!

  • catchalljewelry

    catchalljewelry said 6 years ago

    sick sound!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    I love seeing fellow musicians on Etsy. Such multi-talented people here!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 6 years ago

    Dreamy!

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 6 years ago

    Ugh this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I love me some Toro Y Moi. This is some of the best Etsy related news I have heard yet. Can't wait to snag one of those totes. Holy Macaroons!

  • ziggyiner

    ziggyiner said 6 years ago

    This song was/is free on stereogum.com several months ago. I downloaded it then and still rock it now. Love the song, and love the items!

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 6 years ago

    Great Story!

  • debyagore2000

    debyagore2000 said 6 years ago

    Yeah Toro Y Moi! And...if you want to see how great music and craft go together, come see them play after Crafty Feast in Columbia, SC on April 16th.. http://www.craftyfeast.com

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    Super cool band.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    the pug totes are cute cute!!! great tunes...

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Delicious glasses!

  • Chameleonite

    Chameleonite said 6 years ago

    Great collaboration! But what on earth is that in his mouth in the top picture? I just ate my breakfast and now feel kinda queasy.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    I love this!

  • thorougbredmotel

    thorougbredmotel said 6 years ago

    welcome to the future.

  • jasonmseger Admin

    jasonmseger said 6 years ago

    the song sounds really great!

  • amyfine

    amyfine said 6 years ago

    good luck!

  • d0rime

    d0rime said 6 years ago

    Cool!!I like it=]

  • shineinvitations

    shineinvitations said 6 years ago

    Ok, didn't read the article, but I'm entranced by that photo! Amazing!!! Great job to the artist!!! :)

  • FlashForward

    FlashForward said 6 years ago

    Awesome article! There is some great music coming out of Columbia, South Carolina...not that I'm biased or anything! ;)

  • boygirlparty

    boygirlparty said 6 years ago

    what a great idea / collaboration!!

  • MonsTreasures

    MonsTreasures said 6 years ago

    Does anyone know what the thing in his mouth is????!!!! I'm also intrigued. Love the music...!!!

  • ikore

    ikore said 6 years ago

    Breadfruit???

  • ashtreemeadow

    ashtreemeadow said 6 years ago

    Loving this! I'm from Columbia, SC as well. So glad to see success coming from our town!

  • marigoldlanewv

    marigoldlanewv said 6 years ago

    I create better with music...anything from Metallica to Yanni.

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 6 years ago

    I cant live without music!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    I would love to see them in their own little kitchen nook!

  • juln

    juln said 6 years ago

    It seems like he has a shop selling tote bags, not really different than tens of thousands of other Etsy shops. Can anyone explain what makes this a 'collaboration'? The thread asking about it on the forums was closed by an admin, but nobody answered the questions.

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 6 years ago

    That cover photo is amazing. I was always obsessed with the texture of grapefruits.

  • AbbieRichters

    AbbieRichters said 6 years ago

    The song was interesting and creative music video!

  • WakaWakaBeads

    WakaWakaBeads said 6 years ago

    love this. :)

  • EnduringElements

    EnduringElements said 6 years ago

    I have been a fan and I am still a fan. Nice to see you on Etsy! Keep that great music coming.

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