Originally from the Mornington Peninsula on the outskirts of Melbourne, Tones And I travelled to Byron Bay early in 2018 to take her chance at busking. Overwhelmed by the size of the crowds she attracted, Tones quit her job to move there permanently, living in her van as she looking for a bigger opportunity in music.
Tones’ rise has remained phenomenal ever since – and now she’s going global. Over the course of just three tracks, she’s already exploded beyond 65 million streams on Spotify alone and closing in on 100 million across all platforms making her Australia’s biggest breakthrough artist of 2019. That reputation is expanding across the continents too, with Tones exceeding 9.8 million monthly listeners
Now Tones introduces herself to UK audiences with her new single ‘Dance Monkey’. It’s high calibre, modernist pop with Tones’ soulful vocal gift giving it a timeless quality. It’s already a smash hit in Australia, where it hit #1 on all of the key charts: ARIA singles, Spotify,
“I wrote this song about being a busker,”she explained in an interview with triple j. “There were a lot of times when I was busking there were a lot of people in your face, like ‘More, more! Go again, again, again!‘ I really respected the people who supported me through busking, but there were times when it was really noticeable that people were so used to being able to swipe to see something different to entertain themselves that the patience had diminished.”