Locals Only - TOI ‘Essence’

Publish Date
Thursday, 22 June 2023, 4:19PM

Get ready for the ride. TOI is back in business with soulful new single 'Essence'

Wellington seven-piece TOI return to their soul/R’nB roots on their brand new single, a smooth, soulful tune with hints of funk, ‘Essence’ tells a story of love that’s lost its way but there’s also an uplifting message of hope that shines through. 

'Essence' the first single from TOI's upcoming full-length album came to life after the band locked themselves away in a newly built home studio - Te Māra Studio

The room has an awesome vibe. It was so good having a space with no time limits or restrictions,” says guitarist Jules Blewman.

“It meant we could keep working when the momentum was there. So with this tune, Conway Jeune, lead guitarist and I started around 10:30 pm and we were writing until 3:30am.”

From there, ‘Essence’ was taken to Ben O’Leary from Drax Project, who worked his magic on the production alongside the band.

“Ben has been a supporter of TOI since day one and he’s a close friend, not to mention an all round legend and nice guy. The whole process was very natural and laid back - just some homies hanging in the studio having some laughs and creating some music. Ben’s skills on production truly were invaluable for the end result of how this track sounds,” says Jules.

TOI has traveled the breadth and width of the country performing their own headlining shows; playing killer sets at festivals and sharing stages with heavyweights such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ocean Alley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire, L.A.B. and Tash Sultana.

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