Passion helps band scale great heights
Broomehill’s Toby Batchelor has turned his musical passion into a career, playing the bass guitar in the award-winning band POW! Negro.
Batchelor, who now lives in Perth, in 2015 joined the six-piece band which has since created a heavy fan following Australiawide.
Mixing sounds of hip-hop with psychedelic and jazz, their on-stage presence, described as energetic and soulful, is what makes them stand out.
Music had been a part of his identity since his teenage years, when he was head boy at Katanning Senior High School in 2013, Batchelor said. “I started playing guitar when I was maybe 13 or 14 or so, never properly learning really, and from there started making music at home on my laptop,” he said.
“I've been making music on my laptop ever since, that’s how everyone in POW makes music and it’s a big part of how we write.”
POW! Negro recently won the Western Australian Music awards for most popular new act and most popular live act as well as featuring on the cover of the latest Rolling Stones magazine.
“We got back from an Eastern States tour about a month ago and it’s hard to say anything has topped that and we’ve been lucky enough to play with some of our idols,” Batchelor said.
The band is doing a number of shows around Perth over the next few months, as well as playing at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland at the end of the year.
“We have a pretty eclectic sound, I think, and interesting things happen on stage. Nelson our MC draws all the artwork around POW himself, which is really cool.”
POW! Negro showcase their high-energy style.
Toby Batchelor playing at Chevron Festival Gardens.