Our latest Next In Line comes from and upcoming recording artist from Modesto,CA who goes by the name Tone Gunz. We learn about Tone Gunz’s influences in music, we also get into his family life. Tone Gunz also tells us about his current and upcoming projects. We get to also check out his video for his single “I Can’t” . Make sure to check this interview out and find out why Tone Gunz is our Next In Line.
24HHH: How did you come up with your Producer/Artist name? Tell us about it.
Tone Gunz: Tone Gunz It’s a play off of my name, Anthony Gonzales. When I was younger it was “Tony Gunz”, but everyone called me “Tone.” Eventually it stuck.
24HHH: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
Tone Gunz: I’m from Modesto, Ca, born and raised. As far as growing up there, its just a different atmosphere. Ever since I was a kid, I could remember seeing smokers up and down the streets. You become accustomed to things like that. I mean you had your good kids, then you had some kids banging in middle school, strapped and the whole shit. It can be a grimy city but I love it, and rep it to the fullest. Made me what I am today.
24HHH: Who were you raised by? Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings? Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music?
Tone Gunz: I was raised by my Mother and Step-Father until the age of 16, but after my mothers death I moved in with family friends for awhile. I have one brother and two sisters that I was raised with and another brother I rarely get to see. My childhood was pretty normal until around age 12. After the passing of my grandmother, I watched my mother and step father fight an addiction to pills. Life got crazy for a sec. Eventually my mom lost that battle. She passed when I was 15, I moved out a year later, and my life took a different path. Never knew my biological dad. He was always just in and out, here in there in our lives. Fighting his own addictions.
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
Tone Gunz: The impact on my music was and is crucial. I put a lot of my real life and real emotion into my lyrics. Experiences gave my a different view on the world, and gave me a lot of drive also. I mean, I’ve seen the bottom of the bottom. I’m trying to put me and mine in a better position.
24HHH: What age did you start making music?
Tone Gunz: I started writing music around age 12, but I didn’t actually try to record anything till I was like 16.
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
Tone Gunz: I’ve always been a fan of hip hop. I remember my uncle slapping E40 and Eazy-E in our apartment complex. I started rapping at school as I got older, battles, ciphers, more for fun then anything. I beat almost everyone and I was getting a lot of positive feedback from people hearing me. Decided I wanted to try to start writing and recording songs.
I think I decided that this is what I wanted to do was after I recorded those first couple songs. The feeling of having people slap my music and connect with it, genuinely like it, was addicting to me. It still is. I want to be the one to put my whole city on!
Check out Tone Gunz – Revenue Recovery [Mixtape]
24HHH: What artists/producers do you work with? Or rubbed shoulders with?
Tone Gunz: In camp, I stay working with my label-mates 40 cal Lil Ant. But I’ve worked with other talented artists from ca like, Livin Proof, Nina Loco, Young Sight and a few more. I am looking forward to networking with other artists is the near future, Just trying to stay busy…
24HHH: What else you got coming out? New Album? or Mixtape/EP?
Tone Gunz: I just dropped my mixtape, ‘ Revenue Recovery’, in July. I released a video off one of the tracks “I Cant”, look for it on you tube. I’m working on a follow up mixtape right now and I’m already a few tracks into my album. Looking forward to the people hearing it.
24HHH: Tell us about your newest single “I Can’t”, how did you come up with that, share us the story?
Tone Gunz: I released ‘I Cant’, as more of a statement track. Just to say I’m not going to be what “they” are. I see rappers everyday talking about this and that, and we know they haven’t ever did any of it. Me and mine are a different breed.
Check out Tone Gunz – I Can’t (Official Video)
24HHH: Any new travel plans, what you got going on?
Tone Gunz: No big travel plans yet. Hopefully planning a small, promotional tour in the very near future.
24HHH: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career?
Tone Gunz: Id say, to date, starting my independent label. Meant a lot to me that I took that step to go get it myself. I know I have bigger things to come in the near future. They’re gonna be forced to notice me. I’m gonna make them…
24HHH: Where can people find you?
Tone Gunz: I’m on facebook, face book.com/officialtonegunz, and I’m on twitter and instagram @tonegunz209. You can check out my music on Soundcloud and Yotube. Got a lot more material on the way.
24HHH: Where do you see yourself going in 2014 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
Tone Gunz: I see myself gaining momentum behind my name and label, and building a solid foundation for a very lucrative future. I see nothing but progression. I’m building my own brand and look. Call it cocky, call it conceded, but I know I’m DOPE. I’m reppping for a whole city.
24HHH: Any last words or shout outs?
Tone Gunz: Shout out to my family and brothers 40 , Mums, Tipz, and Ant. Shout out the whole Modesto and 209. And shout out to anyone who’s supporting me and the music I make. Tru Verz, We’re gonna make this thing crack….