Tones And I: Blowing Up In Byron

Hot new Byron Bay (by way of the Mornington Peninsula) performer Tones and I, aka Toni Watson, has experienced a meteoric rise to acclaim this year, triggered by her rapturously received debut single, ‘Johnny Run Away’, which she honed while busking on the streets of her new home town.

Having blown up big time (the song is sitting on 3.5 million plays on Spotify and counting), she’s just released a follow up single, ‘Dance Monkey’, another catchy slice of electro-pop which is sure to see her stocks continue to rise.

Taking time out from her ever more hectic schedule, Toni chatted with us about the past few months.

What’s life been like over the past few months since your debut single went mega?

The last few months have been surreal. I have experienced so many amazing things and met heaps of inspiring people through just releasing one song. The best thing about it has been seeing all the support from the public, and proving that busking is the way of the future when it comes to finding up and coming artists.

Are you currently working on any more new material?

Yes, I have been working on music throughout my busking journey and will continue to record and release music throughout this year and beyond. I am very particular when it comes to the final masters of my music so I just need to make sure all the songs are right before they are released.

What’s your musical background prior to Tones & I? 

I was a pub singer. I would sing for three hours at pubs alongside a guitarist. It wasn’t the most fulfilling time for me, but as long as I was still singing and being creative I wasn’t crying at night. I didn’t know I would be able to take it this far, so there was a point where I thought that this was as good as it was going to get.

‘Johnny Run Away’ and ‘Dance Monkey’ are available via all the usual channels. Visit for news and updates.

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