Wednesday Mar 2020
Origins: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Genres: Indie Pop, EDM
Years Active: 2014 - Present
Australian pop singer Tones and I had immediate success when she began issuing singles of her danceable, haunting but still upbeat sound. While preparing for the release of her debut EP in the summer of 2019, she enjoyed two massively successful singles that streamed in the millions and were certified platinum.
Tones and I was born Toni Watson in Mornington Peninsula. In 2018, fed up with her retail job, she began busking in Melbourne and sometimes took special trips to the beachside town of Byron Bay to play songs for passing crowds. She quit her job when she became popular and even began winning busking competitions. She signed a deal with Sony-affiliated Bad Batch records in 2019. Her debut single, "Johnny Run Away," was released in March of that year and became a viral sensation, racking up streams and reaching number one on the ARIA singles chart. Watson's second single "Dance Monkey" was even bigger, eventually setting an Australian record for the amount of time at number one and topping charts in over 30 countries. Both songs were included on her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, which arrived in August 2019.