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One Artists's Delightfully Infectious Rise

When you find yourself in the frozen Midwest with only your talent to carry you, there's nowhere to go but up.

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A Virus That Needs No Cure

Toggo Ultrarock / Via Courtesy Eileen Shapiro

Pop star Toggo Ultrarock is a globetrotting crowd pleaser whose remarkable journey from his days with Scared Of Girls, through a harrowing 8-month disappearance from Hollywood, to resurfacing in frigid Minnesota, has now brought him back to the stage and studio. For Toggo, it was a story of overcoming huge challenges. "You mean other than ending up in Minnesota, flat broke, not knowing anyone, and single dad to a little boy? Not much," Toggo recalls. "I've faced huge obstacles, but the way I see it, I needed them. They made me strong, and they made me pissed. So pissed that I out of thin air, created a company just to finance my musical ventures, which ended up going viral."

Hybrid Genius

Toggo Ultrarock / Via allmusic.com

For Toggo, his determination to rise again led to his innovative merging of EDM and rock, creating a new, edgy, hip sound. "I've always been, and will always be a rocker, it runs thick in my blood," Toggo says, "but I also love pop and EDM, so my music ends up being a hybrid of all of it. People don't know how to categorize it, no one seems to be able to niche it, so the press came up with "EDM Rock" which I love!" As his latest album, Ultrarock shows, this electric blending of genres is just the very modern mix we need! Inspired by both classic and contemporary artists, Toggo is always evolving. "Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, all those guys. Then there's Freddie Mercury and Queen, Johnny Rotten/Sex Pistols, and Aerosmith," he rhapsodizes. "But then I also love current stuff, which means that a new song from me is likely to be a hybrid of influences, like it could be a mix of Queen, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and Alanis Morrissette. Like I said, it keeps changing - as long as it has a strong melody, uniqueness, and something new about it, I'm all for it.

Toggo On Tour

Toggo Ultrarock / Via Courtesy Eileen Shapiro

When Toggo isn't ensconced in his living room creating new music, he's on tour with his crew, flying everywhere to bring his fans what they crave. "We started out in Fargo," Toggo says, "next we're hitting a bunch of dates in the NYC area (that's tonight, where Toggo is performing for Aaron Paul's birthday), then we make a stop in Norwayfinally we do some dates in the UK before we return to the US. "

The Epidemic Continues

Toggo Ultrarock / Via Courtesy Eileen Shapiro

Soon, you'll be able to real all about Toggo's strange disappearance, and return to the stage in his book, Rock 'N Roll Virus, a revealing look at the struggles and triumphs of this groundbreaking musician. "It's still a work in progress, so it's not immediately upcoming," Toggo observes. "It's the true story of what happened to me a decade ago, how I disappeared under mysterious circumstances, lost everything I owned, and resurfaced in Minnesota to get my 'rock n roll revenge', so to speak. It is a really crazy story, very surreal, to the point where the reader might think I made a lot of it up. But it all happened, that's the crazy part." Crazy or not, there's no denying that Toggo's future is bright, and filled with song!

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