The Music of DJ Tone Is the Next Natural Step of Latin Music
What makes the sounds of DJ Tone, an award-winning Puerto Rican musician, so unique and original is all of the blends and swirls in its texture. He takes his Latin roots and injects them with a “cool, eclectic selection of techno-cumbias and the edgiest side of reggaetón.”
“I take away everything I hear, but I make it to my own style music — from hip-hop to Latin to dance. I make my own edits and my own music and my own remixes,” said DJ Tone. “If there is something there that I don’t like, then I add more of my own music to add more emotion.”
Antonio Guerra, which is Tone’s real name, was voted the Number One Club DJ in San Antonio two years in a row, which helped him earn the prestigious title of People en Español’s No. 1 DJ in the entire state of Texas. He started spinning at age 14, and after a solid seven years of musical and self discovery, he hit the downtown Houston scene, going on to become one of the most influential Latin-American DJs.
An amazing thing about DJ Tone’s style is that he still has love for vinyl. Touching on his affinity for records from artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, First of tha Month, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and Music for the People, he said, “You have to go through some work to get all those records, those aren’t cheap. So I don’t want to let them go.”
Though his taste is clearly eclectic, it’s very forward thinking.The musicality of DJ Tone’s music is only the next natural step since digitalization seized the music industry. The same way analog synthesizers evolved into their more practical digital incarnations, so too is it only natural for traditional Latin music to progress into a form like Tone’s electronic dance music-Latin fusion.
Even country music can’t stand the test of time. Songs like Swedish EDM artist Avicii’s “Hey Brother” and former-country star/current-pop star Taylor Swift’s electronic-sounding “I Knew You Were Trouble” have caught the ear of country fans. In fact, “Hey Brother” made it all the way to Number 59 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, which shows that people were willing to consider the song a country tune, despite its obvious EDM aesthetics.
“It’s always been an art form, it’s a lifestyle,” said Guerra. “You can’t play the same sets all the time, it’s about being diverse.”