INTERVIEW: Tone Malone
How would you classify your music?
I would primarily classify my music as R&B, Soul, and Trap-Soul. I don’t feel I fall into one genre of music, I take influences and styles from all genres and make it fit the message and sound I’m trying to convey.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Wow, there are so many! A few of the most influential for me are Prince, Boys II Men, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
It’s important that my fans feel the passion and heart in my music. I want people to be able to relate to and connect to the stories and messages in my songs; to feel the pain, the joy, and the love…all at the same time.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
The market in Sacramento is improving for local artists, there is still a lack of support in some areas but the talent is definitely there. It’s encouraging to see the way many local artists are starting to work together and collaborate for the greater good.
What is the best concert you have been to?
Been to a lot of great concerts but I have to say a Prince concert in the Bay Area if I have to pick one.
What do you like most about playing live?
The energy I draw from the crowd and the band when performing live is what makes it special, there’s no other feeling like it.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
Everyday Is Your Day (The Wedding Song) is probably my favorite song right now, went through a lot to get this record done and it holds special meaning to me.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
My musicianship has evolved over the last couple years. I have been working a lot on the piano and plan to pick up the guitar next. Being able to play the songs I sing and write my own music is important to me. Also, working with a talented team and a top engineer has strengthened my studio and in-booth etiquette.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
What’s next for you?
I’m praying that the sky’s the limit! I hope to be able to show people how to respond to life issues and send positive messages through stories in my music. Definitely more production, more song writing, and arranging on deck for myself and other artists.
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