Canadian producer Tone Depth has gone from strength to strength in recent times. The Montreal powerhouse, founder of Fauna & Flora and a leading light at HOSH’s fryhide imprint, is fresh from debuting a new track on Tale Of Us’ burgeoning imprint Afterlife. We were lucky enough to get a chance to catch up with Tone Depth in the middle of touring from Ibiza to Cairo and beyond. Check out the full q&a below!
WWD: Hey Tone Depth, it’s good to have you chatting with us today!
Hey guys thanks for having me, it’s my pleasure.
WWD: Where are you in the world right now? And what have you been up to recently?
At the moment I’m working in studio in Cairo, Egypt between gigs in Europe and this area.
WWD: Tell us, what does a regular day look like for you?
On a good day I wake up very early. I get most my work done in the morning so noon I usually have a working idea to listen to and then continue my afternoon finishing up any music that I’ve started.
WWD: You’ve been pretty busy since 2017 with a great number of release on Noir, Suara, fryhide and your own imprint Fauna&Flora. Of your recent releases, are there any that you are particularly proud of?
I would say that my latest music on fry hide is showcasing a newer sound that I’ve been developing so it’s been exciting to see a good response from people.
WWD: Fauna&Flora has been putting out some serious EPs recently, with great works from the likes of Misty, Sonic Future and more. Can you tell us who might be releasing on the label in future? And are there any plans to do a label showcase any time the soon?
Fauna&Flora is a family of tight artists so within the family everyone is cooking up new release for the coming months. Most notably Chemyn has been working hard on his first album which is now almost ready and Misty’s has his next EP about to drop. We have already done a few label showcases in Montreal and a few other cities so we plan on having more in the near future.
WWD: For artists in the modern era, what do you think are the most appealing aspect to operating your own imprint?
I think the most appealing aspect is having your own control and a tight family who share the same vision. A lot of artists have a hard time finding a home that fits their style especially if the music they make is unique and forward thinking. A lot of labels don’t like to take chances outside of their own mould so creating your own label and your own niche is important to make music progress with interesting new flavours.
WWD: Your most recent track has been release on Afterlife. Quite a big honor. Was it a goal for you to release on Tale Of Us’s label ?
It wasn’t a goal for me to begin with but things organically went that direction. I always loved what they do, so I was happy to see them supporting my productions recently. We eventually got in touch and they were interested in signing some music so it made perfect sense to me. They’re definitely at the top of their game in the industry so it was my honour to have them recognize my work.
WWD: When is your recent and upcoming releases?
I recently released on Afterlife and have another release on Fryhide coming soon.
WWD: Are you protective of your music library when it comes to sharing promos with other artists?
I wouldn’t say I’m protective, more selective. I think it’s important for artists to have their identity when they play. When I DJ I’m playing a lot of unreleased material thats fresh for the crowds ears so I usually let the labels I’m on send out the promos and then share it at that time with a few close people in my circle.
WWD: Do you have any production rituals? If so, do tell!
My main ritual is trying to wake up at sunrise and get straight to work with a clear mind. I used to be a night person so keeping a disciplined schedule has helped my productions a lot.
WWD: What do you think are the essential ingredients for fostering a long-term bond between an artist and their followers?
I think the main thing is to always do your best, give your all and keep bringing people fresh music that they can enjoy and make memories to. When someone has a great time and your song is the soundtrack to that memory, then I think the most important aspect of the job is done.
WWD: Outside of music – One change you hope to see in 2018?
I think the biggest change I would like to see is people to stop and realize how much social media is doing damage.
WWD: As an established DJ and producer, and for any up and comers looking to break into the scene, do you feel production is as important, if not more important, than being able to DJ? Or are both as vital as each other in today’s scene?
Yes if you want to be a successful DJ outside of your home town then you have to produce music. When people all over the world are exposed to your sound and enjoy it, then naturally they will discover you and book you.
WWD: Touring wise, where can fans catch you soon?
This summer is a busy one and so far it will see me touring Egypt, Greece, Ibiza and many more destinations to be announced.
WWD: Thanks for talking with us Tone Depth !
Thank you it’s my pleasure.