New York producer Tone Spliff is making his mark on the underground hip hop community. Inspired by classic hip hop producers such as DJ Premier and Pete Rock, Tone is currently promoting his new compilation Authentic featuring Krumbsnatcha, Copywrite, Murdoc, Apathy, Royce Da 5’9, Special Teamz and more.
We had the opportunity lately to catch up with Tone and see what he’s all about. Hit the jump to see what went down…
Where you reppin:
Upstate/Central New York….Utica to be exact.
What up peoples, my name is Tone Spliff, or just Tone works.
Where did the name Tone Spliff come from?
Well my first name is Anthony, so its a shortened version instead of “Tony”… and also its a simile for “musical tone”….and Spliff, well i’ll leave that one up to the readers.
Main musical inspirations:
DJ Premier, numero uno….hands down. Then of course theres Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Alchemist, Marco Polo, Evidence, Moss, Mr Green….if your making a dope beat, your pretty much inspiring me.
When did you fall in love with hip hop?
Back in the early 90’s, when I was 13….first cassette tape was 2 Live Crew “Banned in the USA” haha…..then I started getting into djing, buying vinyl, my first record was Mobb Deep “Shook Ones” back in like 95.
Current projects we should be looking out for:
I’m currently working on my follow up to Authentic….its going to be hard to follow up, but its sounding amazing so far. Im leaking info on my myspace blog about artists im working with. I just leaked that Craig G will be featured on my new compilation….and heres another leak just for this spotlight: EMILIO ROJAS!!!!! (now im gonna have to make a new blog post when this goes up lol)
Previous work that we should know about:
My compilation Authentic…. all my production and scratches, with tracks and collabs from: Tizz, Krumbsnatcha, Copywrite, King DOM, Murdoc, Baby Blak, Apathy, Royce da 5’9, Special Teamz, Born Talent, King Magnetic, Rise, Irealz, Planet Asia, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Jukstapose, Chaundon, Braille, Wordsworth, Okwerdz, Skyzoo & Pace Won. Peace to all of them btw. Peep the video for Krumbsnatcha “Do It For You” b/w Born Talent “Respect Is Due” directed by Pacool of Chancleta Films.
What’s your equipment setup like?
Real simple, MPC 500 (travel size), 2 Technics, Rane ttm57sl, Macbook Pro (that actually is shitting the bed, i need a newer model)….i do my mastering at J.A. Castle Recording Studios, its truely an amazing studio.
If you had to pick one song that defines your career to date, what song would that be?
Gang Starr “Work” off Moment of Truth….just popped in my head, cause im working hard right now.
Why should the readers and fans give you a shot and listen to your music from here on out?
Cause I’m just like you. I can tell the heads that come to KevinNottingham.com are real hip hop appreciators. I started checking your site, cause of Premo Wednesdays lol…. so I know your site will have a true following of the type of music I like to create.
What’s next for you?
Continue to connect with artists (if any are reading and want to be involved, contact me)…and just continue to work my normal job, and make some hip hop that real heads can and will appreciate.
Any shout outs or last words?
Shout out to all fans and new fans, Tizz, Rezenebe, Steve at PUMP management, my family and friends, Kevin Nottingham, DJ Eclipse, ughh.com, all the blogs and websites that posted my album (which is free at www.tonespliff.com anyway) lol….and everyone else I forgot.
Settin The Stage (feat Special Teamz)
Inside Out (feat Skyzoo, Copywrite, and Pace Won)
Act Like You Know Me (feat Baby Blak)