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Meet Tone Troy, A Multi-talented Artist who Is Rewriting History In The Music Industry

Known to bring out the “powerful dance music experience” anywhere he steps, is none other than a multi-faceted artist, Tone Troy. He is a Platinum and award-winning artist who has become immersed in the ever-House Music scene of New York City. From firefighting throughout Manhattan to performing on some of the biggest electronic music stages in the world, he has quickly surged up the ranks as one of New York’s premier music producers. His musical taste is shaped primarily by the surging presence of Brooklyn nightlife.

His familiar yet new-age sound comes with unstoppable force as he releases his high-energy hit “show me”. His commitment to the musical history of the past and present has led to a collection of productions that are guaranteed to have a crowd emotionally invested from start to finish.

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Listen to “show me” on Spotify:

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Hello there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Tone Troy – Writing music came a bit later into my music career weirdly enough. So I was DJing in Brooklyn for a few years before I decided to give the production a try. Thankfully my background in digging for music helped in creating a bit of a sound for myself.

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

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Tone Troy – I think this really came to light after my first gig in London. Fortunately, my music has taken me to places I never thought I’d go to. I saw my name on a poster outside of this club I was going to play in Shoreditch, and it was such a surreal moment. I knew then what I wanted for this and what I wanted for myself.

 

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Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Tone Troy – Well, I am currently balancing a life working actively in music and as a firefighter in NYC. There are a lot of sleepless nights on both sides of the coin here. My music is unique in the idea that I never want any of my songs to sound the same. I want to one day be able to do an open-to-close set with just my music and have every song have the right place at the right time in the story of the set. I’ve had songs that are perfect for a daytime brunch, and tracks that only work at 3 am in a basement. I want to be able to write a complete story with my prior works and have each song sound like it’s from “Tone Troy”.

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Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

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Tone Troy – As of March, I dropped a little passion project EP that’s an ode to some more old-school house. That is a 3 track EP called “Show Me”. Definitely not geared for club play, but something I made in my off time and enjoyed enough to want to get people to hear it.

Next track I’m very excited for. I have a collaboration with Kyle Kinch on one of my favorite labels. Our track is called “Pheromones” and it is definitely going to shake up the clubs. I’ve been a fan of Kyle for a while and we connected on IG. I think we banged the track out in like a week. It came together so perfectly and I can’t wait to see how it is received.

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Can you give us a brief insight into your upcoming projects?

Tone Troy – After the track with Kyle, I have another one coming out with my friend Will OB on Purple Tea in May. Waiting on a few other contracts to be sent on some other tunes so I can’t open up on those just yet, but one label interested is one I’ve been trying to get on for a bit. Outside of the records, my collective “The Assembly” should be kicking off our boat party series in NYC sometime in May/June, and that’s always a good time. I’m very excited about the warmer weather this year!

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What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

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Tone Troy – Take it day by day. Don’t overwhelm yourself. At the end of the day, your creativity needs to thrive for you to succeed. Give yourself space when needed, and know when it’s time to work.

 

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What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) that you are passionate about?

Tone Troy – Fitness and video games. Ironic because they don’t go hand in hand at all.

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Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

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Tone Troy – This isn’t a competition. There is room for everyone in this industry. Connect and make a team. A rising tide brings up all ships.

 

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How can our readers follow you online?

Tone Troy – Follow me on Instagram – @tonetroy

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Austin Martin & The Herd: Music with a Mission – Feeding America, One City at a Time

Imagine this: a tattooed cowboy with an urban edge, penning his next big hit. Nearby, a modelesque guitarist strums riffs while sketching stage designs, a rock ‘n’ roll drummer with dreadlocks practices incessantly, and a bass player tirelessly showcases his talent. This isn’t a movie scene; it’s the reality of Austin Martin & The Herd, a trailblazing country rock band, taking the music world by storm.

Austin Martin & The Herd, a band that stands out with their unique sound and style, is a force to be reckoned with. Led by Austin Martin on vocals, Marko Romain on guitar, David Bedell on drums, and Paul Anthony on bass, they bring over two decades of collective experience to the table. Their music, a harmonious and improvisational blend often compared to the Mötley Crüe of country music, guarantees an unforgettable, dance-filled night for their audiences.

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In 2024, Austin Martin & The Herd used their success as a platform for a more significant cause. In the face of economic challenges in the US, they dedicated their eighth national tour to a noble mission: Feeding America. By teaming up with food bank affiliates in each state they visit, the band surprises two families in every city with a week’s worth of groceries, selected through engaging social media campaigns. They aim to raise donations, combat food insecurity, and inspire others to join their community outreach efforts. Moreover, the band actively volunteers at 30 food banks nationwide, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to making a difference.

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Their current tour, “2024 Feeding the Herd,” underscores this mission. Their hit single “Country Drunk” has garnered attention on CMT, CBS, and Yahoo News, and their performance at the 2024 HMMA Awards in Hollywood was a standout. Fans eagerly enjoyed their performance at the CMA Awards after-party in Nashville on June 8, 2024.

Austin Martin & The Herd are no strangers to hard work. They are currently recording new music with top industry producers like Michael “Fish” Herring, Sam Hook, and David Blake Chatfield. The “2024 Feeding the Herd Tour” showcases songs from their forthcoming album, “American Brewed,” with over 50 scheduled dates. Noteworthy performances include:

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– 06/08 – Nashville, Tennessee

– 06/12 – St. Louis, Missouri

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– 06/29 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The band’s new music video, “American Brewed,” is set to debut in early June 2024, followed by their next dance hit, “Wrangler,” in early July. They also look forward to potential collaborations with the Wrangler brand, which a long-held dream. Austin Martin & The Herd drive social change through their community efforts, with “American Brewed” as an anthem of unity. The song celebrates the diverse cultures and perspectives that enrich American society, ensuring everyone feels connected regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status.

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Their journey has led them to discover their true purpose: giving back. This revelation fueled their passion and solidified their mission. Austin Martin and The Herd aim to inspire others by highlighting creativity and purpose through their music and philanthropy. Their goal is to use their platform to raise awareness about social issues and support their community, one plate at a time.

The band extends special thanks to their sponsors and supporters, including BRETZ RV, North County Ford, CBS News (Tegna affiliates), Stockman Bank, Shipton’s Big R, Target, Mayor Bill Cole, Coca-Cola High Country, Mountain Organics Dispensary, Waypoint Hotel, Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton, Fresh Bread Productions, Chatfield Entertainment, Bank of America, Wrangler, Toy Boat Productions, Hats by Parker Thomas, The Sojourn, Northwestern Insurance, Jim’s Western Wear, Springhill Suites in Great Falls, Anheuser-Busch, Heyward Marketing Lab, Kimes Ranch, Exhibit Ambush Consulting, Vincent Flood, and Lynnette Madsen.

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Follow Austin Martin & The Herd on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Proud supporters of the Feeding America organization encourage donations to support their efforts. Together, we can help feed America one plate at a time.  http://www.austinandtheherd.com/

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Transcend the Ordinary: 7 Must-Hear Tracks Revolutionizing Your Playlist

In an era where musical innovation reigns supreme, these seven tracks stand out as the harbingers of a new sonic era. From soulful introspection to comedic brilliance, each song offers a unique auditory experience. Add these gems to your playlist and elevate your listening journey.

Aleksi Glick – We’re Getting There Aleksi Glick’s “We’re Getting There” is a sonic journey of perseverance and hope. With soulful guitar riffs and heartfelt lyrics, this track is a comforting anthem for anyone striving towards their goals.

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Parlay Hunter – Workin’ & Winnin’ Parlay Hunter delivers a high-energy, motivational masterpiece with “Workin’ & Winnin’.” This track is the ultimate hustler’s anthem, combining gritty lyrics with an unstoppable beat.

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Stammers – Mother “Mother” by Stammers captures the essence of emotional vulnerability and rejection. Its dreamy, melancholic soundscapes and heavy distorted guitars transcend listeners into a different realm, making it a poignant experience.

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Barefoot Vengeance – She’s My Daddy Barefoot Vengeance brings laughter and melody together in “She’s My Daddy.” With influences from Lonely Island and Weird Al, this comedic track blends sharp wit and catchy tunes, guaranteed to bring joy to your playlist.

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Far From Gods – Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix) “Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix)” by Far From Gods is an introspective alternative hip-hop gem. Influenced by 90s hip hop and the lo-fi Bristol sound, this track features live guitars and a calming yet biting beat, perfect for any chill or lo-fi playlist.

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Charlotte Désilets – The Shadow of Your Smile Charlotte Désilets offers a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Her ethereal vocals and delicate instrumentals create a timeless classic that will resonate with listeners on a deep emotional level.

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Kofi Harmony – Radiance of Truth Kofi Harmony’s “Radiance of Truth” is a celestial journey through sound. Inspired by childhood memories and musical dreams, this track is a tapestry of nostalgic and cosmic melodies that promise to dance upon your waves and resonate with your soul.

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