Tat Tong

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Tat Tong
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Background information
Birth nameTong Hong Tat
OriginSingapore, Singapore
GenresPop, rock, R&B, dance, Hip hop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer, music executive
Associated acts

Tat Tong; born Tong Hong Tat;[1] is a Singaporean record producer and songwriter who works in Los Angeles and Singapore. His discography has gone 20x platinum, with over 20 #1 hits out of over 60 Top 20 hits worldwide,[2] and he is a member of production-writing duo The Swaggernautz with American Idol Season 10 alumnus Jovany Javier.[2] He is presently signed to Universal Music Publishing.[3]

Early life[edit]

Growing up in Singapore, Tong studied piano and composition at Yamaha Music Foundation.[3] In 2001, he accepted a scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces to study Computer Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and following that, worked in the Republic of Singapore Navy for 6 years[3] before transitioning into a full-time music career in 2011.[4] At Cornell, Tong sang in the Cornell University Glee Club.

Current career[edit]

Tong co-produced and co-wrote Troye Sivan's "Happy Little Pill"[5] from his 2014 TRXYE album, which was certified Gold in Australia,[6] charted at #1 on iTunes in 55 countries,[7] and reached #5 on the Billboard 200 chart,[8] making him the first Singaporean to have an entry in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.[9] He also cowrote American DJ Elephante's single "Age Of Innocence" featuring Trouze and Damon Sharpe which charted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Dance charts.[10]

In the Latin music space, Tong co-produced and co-wrote the Mandarin remix of "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring JJ Lin, together with Jovany Javier.[11] He also co-produced and co-wrote CD9's 2016 album "Evolution" with Jovany Javier as well as Luis Salazar of The Dro1dz,[12] which was certified platinum[13] and charted at #1 in Mexico.[14] Tong's global credits with The Swaggernautz also include work with Santana, Pitbull, Project 46, A-mei, Karen Mok, Show Lo, 2PM, Vanness Wu, Coco Lee, JJ Lin, and Kit Chan.[2][4][10]

Tong is also a speaker and co-host of the Gamechangers Music Seminar series,[15] and is a noted producer in the contemporary a cappella community.[16]

Awards[edit]

Partial Discography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Repertoire Search". BMI.com. BMI.com.
  2. ^ a b c Tan, Dylan (July 1, 2016). "Playing to a global beat". The Business Times. Singapore Press Holdings.
  3. ^ a b c Tan, Jeanette. "S'porean Navy scholar with computer science degree makes mark in international pop music and EDM". Mothership.sg. Mothership.sg.
  4. ^ a b Mathews, Kevin (February 26, 2016). "Local music producer-songwriter Tat Tong and DJ Declan Ee find success in US". TODAYOnline. Singapore Press Holdings.
  5. ^ Malinda-White, Kyle. "Troye Sivan's Debut Single Is Composed By A Singaporean". PopSpoken. PopSpoken.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2014 Singles". ARIA. Australia Recording Industry Association.
  7. ^ Stern, Bradley. "Troye Sivan Shoots To #1 On iTunes (In 55 Countries!) With Debut EP, 'TRXYE'". Idolator.com. Idolator.
  8. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "Troye Sivan's 'Youth' soars into Top 40". FUSE. fuse.tv.
  9. ^ Mathews, Kevin (November 19, 2014). "Six tips to get that No 1 hit". TODAYOnline. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Tan, Dylan (December 4, 2015). "Making the Cut". The Business Times. Singapore Press Holdings.
  11. ^ Fonseca, Selma (November 20, 2017). "Luis Fonsi and JJ Lin Team Up for 'Despacito' In Mandarin and Spanish: Exclusive". Billboard.
  12. ^ "CD9 regresa con fuerza con "Evolution"". Vivelo Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "CD9: new album Revolution is out now". Juice or Cider. Juice or Cider. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Puesto #1 del #Top100MX del 18 al 24 de marzo 2016..." (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Twitter. April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "BMI Writers Talk Business at Gamechangers Music Seminar in Beverly Hills". BMI. BMI.
  16. ^ Rapkin, Mickey. Pitch Perfect: The Quest for A Cappella Glory. Penguin. p. 86. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Zachariah, Natasha Ann (September 25, 2016). "Gentle Bones wins two prizes at Compass Awards". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings.
  18. ^ Chen, James (September 12, 2017). "Results from the 22nd COMPASS Awards". MusicAsia.