Amon Tobin: diverging on a whim

Epilepsy was dancing. It was dancing all around me that night. Pleasure in my chest and sweat glistening on my brow. They were all standing too close, I wasn’t on drugs. The music moved me in a way a temperamental lover would. One instant I loathed the insanity of it all but just as I turned to walk away it pulled me in once more, offering method and melody to its madness.

Such a pace.  A rapid hearts’ murmur and an attack that never subsides.

I was at an Amon Tobin set. I imagined I’d perish there. Perish amongst the youngsters nudging into me as they seized and stepped around the discrete dance floor.

I didn’t die. In fact, I subtly enjoyed it. Save for the fact that I hate venues that have bottle service, I enjoyed it, likely more than the youngsters.

Must be that Brazilian flare lent to the samples. The way the set entrances is outer worldly. He’s a traveler and a keen sense of the universe has lent influence to his already abundant and vast experience.

But, enough about my casual dive off the deep end and more about the artist that managed to trap me in a room full of friday night dance club patrons. Tobin, he’s a magician. Igniting what he produces to constantly fill the set with desperate lows and out of reach highs.

Tobin introduces an audience to all facets of electronic music. His set is also ever-changing and seemingly always on the verge of something wholly new altogether. Transitions are interchangeable and he has the ability to effortlessly mix between psychedelia and trip hop in the blink of an eye. Mechanical, levers, pulleys. I miss those days. His Lynchian endeavors led me here, an artist who suppresses the urge for normalcy yet allows for crowded masses to come together. Something…one thing, for everyone to enjoy.

Tobin began his career on a lark when he sent a demo into Ninebar records, a London label seeking new talent. They signed him and he spent the following years releasing mind-numbing tracks on 12-inch vinyl. Soon after, Ninja Tune records signed Tobin and re-released Adventures in Foam his first, full length, album that had been internationally praised. Each year that passed gave fans another chance at his efforts as he perpetually deviated from what had come to be expected.

Most recently, Tobins’ influence is heard on the Splinter Cell 3 soundtrack and his two fingers set will continue to capture the young, the timid, the old, and the unique in venues worldwide.

May his transience and ever-yielding passion continually allow him to strive for the bold and brazen beats that allow a dimly lit room to shutter in amazement.

Tobin is currently wrapping up a tour featuring his Two Fingers set, a collaboration with Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman. Production techniques that surpass expectation were tightened up with diverse genre-bending earphoria ,the resulting tracks are worth a listen.

-Holly Jones, Editor, On Tour Magazine