Amies was brought up in
Worcestershireand went to the University of Exeterin Devonand subsequently the University of Kansas, where he was awarded a scholarship in Art History. He declined the scholarship in favour of work in music TV in the UK at The Powerstation, where he was on the air with Chris Evans, Boy George, Steven Wellsand Suggs. He started DJing in art college in Cheltenham(he was in the same class as British artist Tim Noble) and after leaving the UK he worked behind the decks in Arizonaat top 40 radio stationKRQ alongside Jimmy Kimmel. He later worked at MCA Recordsin Los Angeles and then moved to work in the news department at MTV Europepartly thanks to work/appearances with Quentin Tarantinoand Traci Lordsat MCA.
Whilst at MTV UK he worked on the programmes "Alternative Nation", "Weekend Edition", "The Big Picture" and was the co-creator of the programme "MTV Hot" which later featured
Paul Tonkinson, Sara Coxand the German actor Christian Ulmenas hosts. He also worked alongside Davina McCall.
Amies later moved to MTV USA to host "
MTV Live" with Carson Daly. This show later became "TRL." He also hosted his own show, " Countdown to the Ten Spot". In 1999, he moved on to form the band Genius Stealswith New Yorkphotographer Brooke Williams, working with Moby, Romanthony, Darry Logan, Jim Sclavunosand Matt Verta-Rayamongst others. At this time he also hosted the anarchic US Top 20, most famous for the show that attempted to measure the length of Long Island.
In 2001, Amies moved back to the UK where he covered film festivals for FilmFour, worked for Radio 4 and became the host of three series of "
Lonely Planet Six Degrees". He now concentrates on photography, making documentariesand pop videos.
Amies recently has presented programmes on
Eat Cinema, BBC Two, BBC Fourand BBC World Service. He currently has a music show called "Outside" on Totally Radio.
* [http://www.tobyamies.com Toby Amies - Picturemaker]
* [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/lptv/presenters/toby.cfm Toby Amies profile] at the
* [http://www.eatcinema.com Eat Cinema website]
* [http://www.totallyradio.com/show_pages/shows.php?show=107 "Outside" page] at the
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