Andrew Toy is a professional drummer/percussionist based in the Washington DC area who has built a reputation as a dependable and creative drummer who is hard-working and easy to work with. His timekeeping and feel are solid and his drumming has a more eclectic and experimental bent when called upon.
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As a solo artist, Andrew uses percussion as the starting point for composition and sonic exploration. Using live production techniques, Andrew twists, distorts, and re-arranges the sound of the drums to create soundscapes that are at times cinematic and introspective, at other times intense and driving. By re-imagining the process that music is typically created, Andrew has crafted a sound that is inspired by IDM, minimalism, ambient, post-rock, and experimental music, yet has a life of its own.
Andrew began drumming at the age of 9 and retains the same youthful passion for the instrument as he did back then. As a sideman and accompanist, Andrew has had a very rewarding career thus far. His drumming has enabled him to travel the world as a cruise ship drummer; travel the USA as a member of varying Celtic, roots, funk, and rock bands; and establish himself as a go-to drummer and educator in the Washington DC area. His most recent collaborators include Pigeon Kings, Lisa Said, Piper Jones, Eli Lev, and Jump Dance Convention.
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