I first heard Tonnon’s music when he was recording under the name Tono and The Finance Company. I was hooked. Kiwi drawl, everyday stories, the vernacular was funny and real and there were sharp hooks too. Through a couple of EPs he arrived at a very good full-length album. And then the Finance Company was liquidated, so to speak and the arrival of his debut solo album, Successor. I loved that record – and though I’d only met Tonnon very briefly at that point I did enjoy a great phone interview with him.
So it was great to sit down with him to talk through all of this stuff – particularly his approach to music and songwriting and then also how he has taught himself some of the business/admin side of The Music Business.
Hopefully we’ll hear a new album from him later this year, but if you’re new to his music you’ll hear lots of song-snippets throughout this podcast.
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