Tony Wedral will be releasing The Next Step on 21 January.
Speaking with TenEighty about the release, Tony says listeners can expect a lot of variety. “I really tested the boundaries when it comes to genres and I believe there is a song for every mood. Listeners can expect a lot of truth and honesty. 2015 was a pretty wavy year, so the EP gets this across with all of the songs.”
The Next Step will feature four pop tracks and is set for release on 21 January. Two songs have already been released – I Don’t Need To Know and Unlocked – and have been received well by fans, who knew little about Tony’s musical ambitions.
“There was always going to be an element of surprise because I kept this side of my personality very private for a long time, so I could write as many songs as possible, practice and express my personality online,” he explains. “However, the response has been incredible and I’ve had great reviews for both Unlocked and I Don’t Need To Know, and I’m honestly so humbled that people are already playing the songs as part of their daily routine and learning the lyrics.”
The Next Step will be Tony’s entry into the music scene, as he follows the likes of other YouTube musicians like Dodie Clark, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Emma Blackery and more. Upon release, Tony plans to begin promoting immediately, with six acoustic shows planned from 2-7 February at Baron’s Court Theatre in London.
“This will be a nice way for me to showcase the EP for the first time,” he says, “exactly how I wrote the songs initially, with just a guitar and me.”
While music will be Tony’s main focus from here on out, he’s quick to mention that he’ll still be uploading videos to his YouTube channel, which currently sits at 9,000 subscribers:
“I think, inevitably, I’ll always focus on music because it is what I’ve been passionate about from a young age and [I] will therefore keep creating and releasing music because I love doing it. However, making YouTube videos for me was never a job or a commitment as such. It was always something I wanted to do when I was in the mood to talk about a specific topic and express my personality, and that won’t change.”
He concludes, “I’ll always want to maintain that close relationship with the fans and express my personality to them, as well as my music, so making YouTube videos will still remain a part of my identity.”