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Tones has known since his first experience at a music festival that he would one day play a pivotal role in the electronic dance music (EDM) industry. Through the application of his entrepreneurial skills to his newfound interest, he has achieved significant success in the field and is only just getting started. The man is doing well in life; he has secured performances in Las Vegas, Scottsdale, and Dubai and received praise from notable figures such as Snoop Dogg, Randy Jackson, and Floyd Mayweather.
Over the years, the Arizona-based talent has perfected a spine-tingling blend of house and disco that has become his hallmark sound. As he continues his hot streak of mesmerizing releases this 2023, Tones is back for his new single, “Feel The Heat.” This tech-house masterpiece was painstakingly constructed to transport listeners to the euphoric atmosphere of a live concert. The song captures the twilight hours before nightfall and builds to an electric climax, setting the mood for an unforgettable night of dancing.
Now that Tones is getting ready to tour the world and set up his second overseas engagement after performing in Dubai last year, he has promised fans a flurry of new releases to keep them satiated. “I have about 12 unreleased records, including collabs with Cashew, Damon Sharpe, and Kendoll that are set to be slated here soon.”
On a side note, Tones’ contributions to the community extend beyond his musical endeavors; he is also an entrepreneur and a member of the Mental Health Advisory Board of Directors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. How, though, can Tones keep his own sense of happiness and fulfillment going? “The story we have around a subject shapes our happiness and overall well-being. Some of the “worst things” that have ever happened to me in hindsight, I wouldn’t trade for the world because they ended up being the best thing to happen to me,” the DJ explained. He went on to say that one benefit of growing older is learning to see even “bad” things as gifts.
To learn more about Tones, including his thoughts on the evolution of dance music in the future, read the full interview below.
Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?
I have about 12 unreleased records including collabs with Cashew, Damon Sharpe, and Kendoll that are set to be slated here soon.
Additionally, I’ll be traveling the globe and working on lining up my second international booking since playing in Dubai last year!
Q: What are your thoughts on the meaning of success, and how do you define success for yourself?
I believe success is defined by growing and giving. I think to be happy I have found that I need to be growing every day and also be giving to others— my time, energy, money, etc. I define the success of my day by how much I grew that day and gave.
Q: What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?
A hummer golf cart to drive to the gym and back.
Q: What's the most memorable fan encounter you've ever had?
At EDC Las Vegas, I had a fan who somehow got past security to come up on stage. I ended up telling security it was cool and let him stay up on stage and jam with me and the team up there. Gotta love the energy!
Q: Where and when would you go if you could travel back in time to any moment in history?
I would love to attend the first EDC ever just to grasp and concept of how much it’s evolved with how much the genres of dance music have grown over the years.
Q: If you could only listen to three songs for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?
“Papi Chulo” by Troyboi, “In For It” by RL Grime, and “Waiting For Love” by Avicii
Q: What is your philosophy on happiness, and how do you strive to maintain a sense of happiness and well-being?
I believe happiness is a choice. For me, the meaning of free will is the ability to choose our perspective on things. The story we have around a subject I believe shapes our happiness and overall well-being. Some of the “worst things” that have ever happened to me in hindsight I wouldn’t trade for the world because they ended up being the best thing to happen to me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better in the moment to look at a “bad” situation as something good and a gift.
Q: How do you see dance music evolving in the future?
I think dance music will be a never-ending evolution — that’s the beauty of the genre. You can sample or remix any sound, song, or moment of any genre into dance music. I would say it’s constantly evolving even right this second and will only continue to do so for eternity.
Q: If you could switch lives with any other celebrity for a week, who would it be?
Dillian Francis, I feel like he has a lot of fun with life.
Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled?
If goofy was real, how tall would he be in real life?