Tones And I admits she hates Dance Monkey

Singer Tones and I has made a surprisingly brutal admission about Dance Monkey, the world-conquering hit that made her famous.

Singer Tones And I made a surprising admission about the megahit that made her famous in a new interview, revealing she now “loathes” the song and dreads singing it.

The Australian singer-songwriter burst onto the scene in 2019 with the inescapable, self-penned single Dance Monkey, a worldwide number one hit that went an incredible 16 x platinum here in Australia, making it one of the best-selling songs of all time in our country.

Further big hits followed, with Tones – real name Toni Watson – releasing her debut album in July last year.

But in a new interview with Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgery, Tones revealed that a visit to Los Angeles to work on new music led to some frustrating sessions, as she was paired with producers and songwriters eager for her to replicate Dance Monkey’s success.

“I was in the room with men every day, which is fine, but there was like a few of them that had all worked together heaps before and so they just kind of start going off on a tangent,” she revealed of the sessions.

“And usually it was directed at Dance Monkey: ‘Okay, this girl had a hit with this kind of song, let’s go there’.”

But Tones said that why the song was “great” for her at the time, she didn’t “want to go there anymore.”

“I wrote that song on my own, not trying to do a single thing, and it happened, she said of the US top five hit.

“But I don’t want to just try to chase that song – I loathe that song a lot of the time. A lot of times I don’t want to sing it.

“I’m not gonna write another song like it … I just want to tell people how I’m feeling.”

Tones And I’s dislike of her own biggest hit may not come as a surprise to some fans, given she’s previously revealed she plans to quit singing altogether in just a few years.

“I’m not touring at the moment and I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be Tones and I for,” she said in a July 2021 with Hit NSW’s Breakfast with Gawndy and Maz.

“I mean, realistically I’m going to give myself another four years and then I want to be a songwriter. I feel like this is a lot and I want to keep writing music,” she continued.

“As soon as my mental health isn’t wanting to do this I’m stopping, I’m not pushing through this. I want to be happy and right now I am, but it can waver, and I wouldn’t continue it unless it was fulfilling me and making me happy.”

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