Tones and I give up music after Dance Monkey’s worldwide success
Tones and I prepare to say goodbye to her career as a live performer and work behind the scenes in the music industry instead.
The 27-year-old, known for her global hit Dance Monkey, said Gawndy & Maz she plans to step away from the stage due to the negative consequences on her mental health.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to be Tones and I,” she said, adding that she wanted to become a songwriter for other artists in the next few years.
Take a step back: Tones and I prepare to say goodbye to her career as a live performer to work behind the scenes in the music industry instead
‘I mean realistically I’ll give myself another four years [of performing] and then I want to be a songwriter, ”she continued.
“As soon as my sanity doesn’t want to do that, I stop. I’m not pushing through it; I want to be happy.’
Last week, the singer revealed her first year of stardom made her feel “rude” and unattractive.
Retirement: The 27-year-old, known for her worldwide success Dance Monkey, told Gawndy & Maz that she plans to step away from the stage due to the negative consequences on her mental health.
The musician, real name Toni Watson, became an overnight success with the release of her single Dance Monkey in 2019, which went to No.1 across the world.
But eventually she found herself struggling with crippling self-doubt and anxiety.
She told the Carrie & Tommy Friday radio show: “People kind of want you to hate yourself a little bit. [When you’re] in the street no one cared what you looked like.
“I never looked at myself and thought of anything. And during this whole first year [of mainstream success], I thought, “I’m disgusting, I’m not handsome, I’m just disgusting, I should hate myself. ‘”
Genie: Tones and I recently revealed that her first year of stardom made her feel ‘disgusting’ and unattractive.
Tones said she had to work hard to get out of this negative thinking.
‘I was like, “No you shouldn’t think like that, don’t be stupid. Don’t reject your integrity. Don’t change a thing about yourself.”
“But it was long and I don’t think anyone is prepared for it. I was really caught off guard.
“Not being able to go to the grocery store on your own because I have really bad anxiety.” Not being able to go to the streets, which was my ultimate goal at the start.
“Things that I can’t do that people think you can do, because I’m anxious. “
Bad attitude: “I never looked at myself and thought of anything. And during this whole first year [of mainstream success], I thought, “I’m disgusting, I’m not beautiful, I’m just disgusting, I should hate myself,” she said on the Carrie & Tommy radio show on Friday.
Tones and I just released their debut album, Welcome to the Madhouse.
On Friday, she spoke to today’s entertainment reporter Brooke Boney about the creative challenges she faced while recording the album last year.
The Fly Away star explained that she felt pressure to finish and release her album by a certain date, which impacted her writing and creativity.
Better attitude: Tones said she has to work hard to get out of this negative thinking
The hitmaker said her debut album was due out last year, but decided to postpone it because she didn’t think it was ready.
She revealed that eight tracks she had written weren’t good enough for her, so she ended up reworking them.
“I was writing for the album in such an unhealthy way. This song is over, no matter how good it is, put it on the album,” she said.
“I was going to be completely honest with this album, be completely open and raw and that’s what I did,” she proudly added.
How it started: Tones and I started street in Byron Bay in September 2017. It was during her days as a street artist that she met talent manager Jackson Walkden-Brown.