My 6: 57PM
Want to try something different? How about a 'mandarin rap' CD? Don't understanding Mandarin? No problem. The music and creative uses of samples actually allow you to 'see' and 'feel' the songs. Give it a shot and you won't be disappointed. TONE is an American-born musical artist who releases his first album in Taiwan. From recording acoustic guitar tracks on a 4-track recorder in the 9th grade to performing in alternative rock bands in high school, TONE has been honing his drive for music songwriting and production for many years. Upon winning a Chinese music competition in 2002, TONE began pursuing the art of pop and hip-hop production. His influences include Radiohead, The Beatles, John Lennon, and Kanye West. TONE's first single, '6:57am', immediately attracted many new fans and received industry acclaim. The song was written (music and lyrics) by TONE; in 6:57am, TONE describes in his own words the various phases of his musical journey as well as his philosophies on life. A week later, TONE's ballad, titled 'Purple Ring', hit the airwaves and also became a favorite of many new fans. In this song, TONE incorporates a tape-rewinding sample to symbolize the song's time-travel-love-story theme. Another popular tune, "The Deepest Heart', is a stripped-down acoustic ballad that demonstrates TONE's guitar skill and raw vocal talent.