IN THE SILENT DISCO . . .
For Massachusetts bred lyricist/producer Tonio Sagan (formerly Cheatcode), progression in music was gradual. What started as a quest to find dope beats to rap on transformed into a love for production. Digging for samples became an appreciation for the great records of the past. An aspiration for originality evolved into sound design and synthesis manipulations. Tone releases are the result of an ever expanding love for the process of creating and recording music. Whether appearing as an emcee or producer, the aim is to keep the party moving with a conscience.
In 2007 the young Rapper/Beatmaker formed Massachusettes hip hop group the Problemaddicts, in conjunction with Mystika Music, the production company that would release their music, a partnership with long time friend and musical teacher, Deejay Theory. Tone and Deejay Theory co-produced the Problemaddicts debut release the first step that same year. In 2008, Tone conceptualized and released his first mashup project “The Dark Side Of Oz”, under the Problemaddicts franchise. In 2010 he collaborated as an Emcee in the duo Moke & Tone and released “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”, boasting production by Team Genius, the production collaborative of Tone, Garrett Sawyer and Jason Metcalf. Tone was present for every mixing session with his engineer Garrett at Northfire Recording Studio learning the art of studio mixing.
“Being the control freak that I am, I had to be there. It was a blessing in disguise. Osmosis, when I finally bought my own copy of protools I knew how to navigate the program with ease.”
Growing from a thickly accented hip hop background, Tone has carried the ideas and concepts of the genre with him to his latest stage of modern production and performance. Sagan seeks to implicate much more than just hip hop inspiration though; fusing in an expansive blanket of various modern, and sometimes future electronic music techniques, his sound has become impossible to pin down to a single, encapsulating phrase.
A frequent collaborator, with the likes of beatbox deviant Honeycomb, among others, Tonio Sagan continues to develop musical relationships and further press the boundaries of his own sound. In 2016, Sagan was officially announced as a member of Wakaan, the newly founded label from renowned artist Liquid Stranger.