ANT ANTIC is the singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tobias Koett. Somewhere between pop and club, his signature sound is reduced and uncompromising, putting essential elements and ideas into focus by getting rid of everything else. It wraps melancholy mood in urgent songs full of hope and cruises among electronic pop and contemporary R&B sounds – carried by a distinctive voice that will stay with you forever.
Growing up in small-town Austria, Tobias got into music stealing Beatles records from his older brother, trying to learn and sing their songs. Having had the possibility to learn several instruments, it was also through his brother that he got into producing music on his first computer when he was 14. With British trip-hop artists as a gateway to electronic music, he started releasing songs on MySpace and got his first radio airplay at the age of 16.
During several depressing years trying to fit in at a mechanical engineering school, he found joy in playing music in an indie rock band and organizing festivals for film and music. The self-doubt induced by a constant feeling of not fitting in laid down the foundation of his songwriting in these years. Having finished school, Tobias moved to Vienna, where he got to work on a project with drummer and producer Marco Kleebauer. Pushing each other to become better producers and songwriters led to a deep friendship – and the foundation of ANT ANTIC in 2015.
After the release of the debut album “Wealth” and two years of touring and recording, Tobias decided to move to Berlin to pursue opportunities and work as a music producer. While Marco is no longer playing live with ANT ANTIC, he’s still working on songs with Tobias in the studio, and the two remain good friends despite the distance.
On the upcoming second album “Good Vids, Vile Times”, ANT ANTIC explores the never-ending flood of information raining down on us day after day. What does constant bombardment of information do to us? What’s lost along the way? In a brutally honest and relatable way, he ponders the answers to these questions. As a child of the first globally connected generation, Tobias observes how geographical boundaries are disintegrating and people consider humanity as one, while at the same time they’re struggling to come to terms with a reality overflowing with possibilities – slowly turning into superficial nihilists.