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Featured Producer Tone Jonez


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Marv

Tone what up fam!
 Tone
Man just enjoying life bro. God is awesome as always!

Marv

No doubt fam. I appreciate you chopping it up with me. You hard to catch up with lol!

Tone

Haha! I’m glad you caught me brother! Honored by this interview real talk family. Much appreciated.

Marv

For those who may not be familiar with you, can you tell the readers who you are and what you do?

Tone

Most definitely! My name is Tone Jonez and I’m a music producer based out of Atlanta, GA. I started out playing piano at age 3 and have been in love with music ever since! I’ve been doing music as my job professionally for the last 3-4 years and I’m just honored to be doing what I love everyday! It’s a blessing.

Marv


Ok who are some of the artists you’ve worked with?

Tone

I’ve worked on a lot of artist’s projects known and unknown, but most notably Lecrae (Church Clothes Vol. 2), Derek Minor (Minorville), Tony Tillman (Tillman Ep), D-Maub (The Missing Peace), B-Cooper, and many more.

Marv

Cool. So how is it doing music as a full time job?

Tone

Doing music Full-Time is very empowering. Not just from a financial perspective, but from a time standpoint. Over the past few years I’ve been able to spend a lot more time with my family than most husbands do in a traditional work situation. I’ve seen drastic benefits in my relationship with my Wife and my daughter. Having a successful family unit is a definitive mark of success in my eyes and being a Full-Time musician allows me to cultivate that.

Marv

I feel you bro. Do you ever have those slow seasons.

Tone

Absolutely. In any thing that you pursue in life, there will always be seasons where things aren’t as favorable as you like. But in those times, that’s when you get your greatest ideas and learn the most. Sometimes it takes a little fire under your rear to evoke the ideas that make you most successful.

Marv

I know it helps having the beat leasing at the same time though right.

Tone

Yes you’re right it helps a lot. Leasing is just another tool in the toolbox. I’ve found that having multiple strategies helps as an independent musician. It’s very rare for one strategy to be consistent all the time. But by having multiple strategies, you set yourself up for a much easier ride. It’s all about assessing what you have to offer and creating multiple strategies that other people can benefit from.

Marv

No doubt. Ever had any discouraging times as a musician?

Tone

I’ve had more than my fair share lol! Especially in the beginning. I went through many periods of doubt, stress, confusion, and many other things. I came to realize that my biggest source of discouragement was failure of acceptance/approval. I was constantly looking for somebody else to build me up and make me feel like I was worth something. But when I began to realize what God had already put inside of me, I made a decision to just be who HE created me to be and be confident about it. People naturally began to be drawn what God was doing in my life because I stopped allowing other’s opinions/thoughts minimize his hand in my life.

Marv

Amen bruh. What’s a day like for you in the studio?

Tone

First thing I do in the studio is handle any emails that came in over night then I get to the music. As far as coming up with concepts, I’m most creative in the morning so I try to bang out as many ideas as possible for the first 1-2 hours. I’ll throw those ideas in a folder then get the day started. Usually I just find whatever unfinished idea(s) resonates with me best emotionally at the time and work. Sometimes I just make fresh music on the fly. It really just depends on how I feel. My daughter comes in and dances to the music a lot so that makes the day fun haha! It’s pretty much music and customer service besides a few planned breaks and moments with the fam. I try to complete my work Mon-Thurs so I can relax with the fam on weekends

Marv

What are you using for producing these days?

Tone

My main tools these days are Maschine and Logic! I’ve been using Maschine for almost a year now and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made. It makes the initial process of getting your ideas out much faster and more. Highly recommended!

Marv

Mang I haven’t wrapped my finger around Maschine it yet. How’s the work flow?

Tone

The workflow is amazing! I actually didn’t like Maschine until they released the 2.0 software (which is totally different from the previous software). Maschine 2.0 and up is amazing. Great sound engine, very user friendly, and just feels natural. Everything is right in front of you. I’ve had a few hardcore MPC guys tell me I was crazy lol, but I’ve also converted a few to Maschine too! It’s a must have bro!

Marv

So what can we be expecting from you in the future bro?

Tone

Progressive music production and much more! God has blessed me with an array of talents that I will not be sitting on any longer. May he be glorified through it all my brother!

Marv

No doubt. Any last words for the readers?

Tone

Just want to encourage everybody out there to follow the passion that God has placed deep in their hearts. Especially to fellow producers. Be confident in what God has given you! Don’t look to left or the right comparing yourself with others. Keep learning, cultivating, and growing no matter what! With hard work and determination, the sky is the limit! Thanks again Marv for the interview! It says a lot of you that you took time out of your day to do this. Much respect and success to you my brother!

Marv

Hey bro thank you fam. And let me say, I have watched you come up in this genre. I have watched you come into your lane that you have mastered. I remember us talking us on the phone and me telling you it just telling it’s gonna taking that one banger and when it did mang oh mang the sky was the limit. So proud of you bro.

Tone

Yessir I definitely remember and appreciate those talks bro! They were fundamental in encouraging me to keep pushing. I know I have 50 million things going on and I’m harder to reach due to that lol, but always know that I appreciate and value every word you’ve spoke into my life man. No hollywood with me lol!

Marv

Thanks for getting up with me dude

Tone

No Problem. Thank you bro.


Marv

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