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Tobias De Maine
Tobias' love for music was partly born out of his father's record
collection; he fondly remembers the thrill of compiling his eclectic
tastes in music, encompassing everything from jazz to progressive
rock, on tapes when he was a pre-teen. In his late teens, Tobias was
introduced to electronic music in large part through what Warp Records
was releasing in the UK.
From an early age, Tobias followed his other passion of computers and
learned to program, starting with Basic. Rather than gaming, this
young mind was focused on using technology to create art. He was
inspired by the cinematic cut-scenes in between the action and learned
how to create the same kind of multimedia art through a combination of
engineering lectures on 3D graphics and audio and a good helping of
experimentation. At the same time, Tobias was an active visual artist
in Brisbane, running a gallery and studios, Modus Studios, with friend
and The Death Cobra drummer, Niko Vuletic.
Finding a focus and using his learnt expertise, Tobias went on to run
audio/visual group, OKO T, with his close friend Tamara Sladojevic.
Their business supplied electronic music festivals in Australia and
Europe with cutting-edge software designed to enhance the musical
experience with video art. They have visualised with many notable
electronic leaning musicians and bands, including Photek, The Streets,
RJD2, Money Mark, LTJ Bukem and Public Enemy.
Tobias had found part of his passion, but something was lacking. After
going through a life-changing accident in January of 2010 which he
broke his neck, Tobias decided it was time to play music
professionally. Since then, he has focused on music as a career,
forming two bands (the death cobra, colourrunner), co-writing,
engineering, and producing five albums, and playing lots of gigs. His
solo career is also active, with two albums that are nearing release
(due out mid-September).
Although he sees himself as primarily a guitarist, Tobias also employs
the use of technology such as live looping guitar, synthesizers and
vocals. He performs solo and with a band.
With an eclectic artistic background it is no surprise that Tobias'
creative endeavours as a musician are also varied. He plays everything
from electronic to progressive rock in his own mutant way, not
believing that artists should conform to any one genre of music.