“When I am spinning at an event, I always read the vibe of the room and select the appropriate songs. Based on the crowd reaction, I’ll know if I should let the song play out or if it’s time to push the party to new incredible heights!”
Tim Tones was born of the Hip Hop and early EDM circles of music in upstate New York. From the beginning, his love has always been being behind the wheels of steel, whether it be perfecting scratch routines, rocking a party or hosting an event. Getting his start in the urban environments of downtown Rochester, the word “Soul” has never strayed far from his mind. Perfecting scratches and mixes for countless hours in his parents basement, a dedication unmatched is apparent in the approach “Tones” takes to his craft.
As he introduced himself to the club scene of Rochester, Tim Tones became an experienced and acclaimed deejay, finding the right fit for any crowd laid in front of him at the moment. When rocking a party , Tones reads the vibe of the room and appropriates the proper track selection, knowing when to ride, and when to push the party to new, incredible heights. It is this heightened nuance that has landed him residency gigs at some of the most heralded and artistic venues in Rochester, which include Pearl Nightclub, One Nightclub, Bug Jar and The Dubland Underground. Tones also for 5 years has been a go to Dj for Red Bull USA in upstate NY, rocking parties on the side of Ski mountains in sub zero temperatures(with turntables!) to the dirt bike courses of Unadilla National Raceway, where Tim Dj’ed the Red Bull VIP area for 2 consecutive years at this nationally televised event where 200,000 plus people were in attendance. Tones is a diverse party rocker to say the least.
Tones takes it on himself to be a community leader. Recently heading a series of shows to raise money for the Rochester City Skatepark Project, where his work led to one of the biggest contributions by an independent source. It is these musical and organizational abilities that allow Tim to also thrive in a private party setting, where scheduling and follow through is needed along with a superb musical selection accompanied by an upbeat postive personality (by Gordon at dresshead). Tim is approachable, friendly, and cares about the outcome of any party or event that he is involved in, with a passion that is unmatched.
A true musician at heart, Tones grew up loving the guitar and the music of the 60’s and 90’s. One day the Beatles could be in the discman, the next it could be A Tribe Called Quest. High School introduced him to the turntables, which have been his love for 12 years. Tones has a serious ear for production and composition, being fluent in the guitar and the drums, amongst other musical instruments. This musical sense has led him to collaborate with other locally acclaimed artists leading to releases such as “Soul Slingers”, and Genesee Life, Compilations which feature Tim’s production and also mixing skills. These releases received critical acclaim on the The World Famous Roots Band(Jimmy Fallon Show) web site called Okayplayer.com. Tones has also collaborated with the famed Brown Bag All Star Crew out of the indie New York City scene, along with other notable NYC musicians. It is this appreciation of musicality that allows Tones to jump flawlessly and seamlessly through genre and era when rocking a party, and also to know which cuts to play, and which to hold off on.
Tim Tones has opened up for a pleathora of National and Regional acts in his career so far. Tones has shared the stage with Legendary Rapper Slick Rick, World Famous X-Executioner battle Dj Roc Raida, Dj Revolution of the World Famous Wake Up Show with Sway and Tech, acclaimed “mash up” party rock deejay” Girl Talk”, Rap Group Slaughterhouse, Dj Nu Mark and Charli 2na of Jurassic 5 to name a few.
We are so happy that we chose Breakthrough Entertainment for our wedding! DJ
Tim Tones was amazing to work with and kept our guests dancing through the
night. We also rented a photo booth from the company and our guests loved it! The
props were all brand new and so much fun. Mike, the owner of the company, was
consistently involved in our planning process and we could not have asked for more.
We would absolutely recommend Breakthrough to all of our friends and family for
their events. Thanks so much Tim and Mike!
-Stephanie & Zach