1 Song, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I'm a busker,” Toni Watson (aka Tones and I) tells Apple Music, and her music reflects the experience of someone who's spent a long time living in vans and hostels. “This has all happened to someone that is just busking on the street.” And by this, the Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriter means writing Australia's first homegrown chart-topper of 2019. “My manager warned me that ‘Dance Monkey’ wouldn’t be a big track like ‘Johnny Run Away’ [her debut single]. Then all of a sudden it became my biggest hit. I had people singing it back to me at Splendour in the Grass [festival] and it’s been on every single radio station in Australia.” The anthem is a first-hand tale of the expectations placed on performers with a catchy chorus lit up by Watson’s swaggering vocals. “I didn't write this track for radio. I wrote this song for the people at the Byron Bay hostel so we could all dance to it. People were trying to write songs to knock Lil Nas X off his perch; I didn't try to do that. I wrote this song before his song was even released. 'Dance Monkey’ showed me that I'm good enough. I have confidence in the songs that I've written and I'm not going to change anything.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I'm a busker,” Toni Watson (aka Tones and I) tells Apple Music, and her music reflects the experience of someone who's spent a long time living in vans and hostels. “This has all happened to someone that is just busking on the street.” And by this, the Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriter means writing Australia's first homegrown chart-topper of 2019. “My manager warned me that ‘Dance Monkey’ wouldn’t be a big track like ‘Johnny Run Away’ [her debut single]. Then all of a sudden it became my biggest hit. I had people singing it back to me at Splendour in the Grass [festival] and it’s been on every single radio station in Australia.” The anthem is a first-hand tale of the expectations placed on performers with a catchy chorus lit up by Watson’s swaggering vocals. “I didn't write this track for radio. I wrote this song for the people at the Byron Bay hostel so we could all dance to it. People were trying to write songs to knock Lil Nas X off his perch; I didn't try to do that. I wrote this song before his song was even released. 'Dance Monkey’ showed me that I'm good enough. I have confidence in the songs that I've written and I'm not going to change anything.”

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