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Tony Kanal

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Tony Kanal (born Tony Ashwin Kanal, August 27, 1970) is an English-born American musician and record producer. Kanal is the bassist for rock band No Doubt and produced Together as One, the debut album of reggae singer Elan Atias.

Early life

Kanal’s father Gulab is from Sukkur, and his mother Lajju is from Bombay. His parents moved from India to London, England, where Kanal was born. He lived in London until age eleven, when his family moved briefly to Indiana and then settled in Anaheim, California. There, his parents opened a store named “Kanal’s Gifts and Fashion”. When he was young, Kanal wanted to become a doctor.

Musical career

Kanal’s father suggested that Kanal learn to play the saxophone since it was the former’s favorite instrument, so he bought one for Kanal. Kanal later learned how to play the bass guitar from his schoolmate Dave Carpenter. After seeing one of third wave ska band No Doubt’s early shows, he joined the band as its bassist. Kanal stated that his parents were ultimately supportive of his decision to pursue a career in music; however, they had wanted him “to go into a safe profession” and often reprimanded him for devoting so much time to music, sometimes at the expense of school.

Kanal enrolled at California State University, Fullerton to major in psychology. In October 1991, No Doubt hit the studio with help of producer Dito Goodwin. Even though unhappy with the result, the band toured in support of the album but No Doubt did not gain any popularity outside the West Coast.

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