Toby Forage, a.k.a. Foraggio, has loved music for a very long time. As a kid, he’d set up pillows on his parents’ makeshift couch and play what he thought were drums. Later in his early teens, he built his own kit out of chairs and traffic cones, impressing visitors to the house so much that his long-suffering Mum was somehow persuaded to buy him his first proper drumkit, a Premier APK that he loved to death.
Foraggio played in bands with stars to be like Fil Eisler, now better known as composer Izler (Revenge), but while he never reached the great heights of Fil as a musician after switching to studies and a career as a journalist, he’s never lost the passion to connect with and share the sounds he loves. He still plays in bands when he finds the time, most recently Kristian Jackson, Fuzu, Glance and new project Outsider, an emerging collaboration with fellow Englishman abroad Simon Figliuzzi.
A voracious appetite for music discovery and appreciation led Toby to repurpose his blog Light+Shade to a destination to post on new songs, musical stories, reviews and more. He’s still buying drums, most recently a Gretsch, to go with the guitars, ukeleles, bongos, djembes, keyboards, electronic toys and other random instruments in his home.
“Light+Shade is a brain dump for me,” says Foraggio. “I always get so excited when I hear new music or experience live shows that fill me with joy. I feel it’s only right to share this with the world so it, too, can feel the same joy and approach every new day with a bright smile.”
Foraggio’s other interests include photography and travel. His work in the sports world also means he’s got a healthy love for that pursuit, too.
“I just hope people enjoy Light+Shade for what it is,” he adds, “my guide to music that I think can really make your heart and mind feel good.”
Foraggio now lives in Sydney, Australia.