Tony Kanal

Tony Ashwin Kanal (born August 27, 1970) is a British musician, record producer, songwriter, and animal rights activist. Kanal is the bassist and co-writer for the American rock bands No Doubt and Dreamcar. His musical work outside of the band includes producing and songwriting for artists such as Pink, Weezer, Elan Atias and No Doubt bandmate Gwen Stefani, among others.

Tony Kanal
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Background information
Birth nameTony Ashwin Kanal
Born (1970-08-27) August 27, 1970 (age 49)
Kingsbury, London, England
OriginAnaheim, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Kanal was born in Kingsbury, a northwest district of London, England. Kanal's father Gulab and his mother Lajwanti "Lajju" are originally from India.[1][2] His parents emigrated from India to London, England, where Kanal was born.[citation needed] While most of his early years were spent in London, Kanal and his family also briefly lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Munster, Indiana, before eventually returning to London. At age eleven, his family once again moved to the United States, where they settled in Anaheim, California.[1] Kanal attended South Junior High School and Anaheim High School. Upon entering seventh grade, Kanal decided to join his junior high school concert band. Kanal's father suggested that Kanal learn to play the saxophone since it was the former's favorite instrument.[2] In tenth grade Kanal learned how to play the electric bass guitar with assistance from his schoolmate Dave Carpenter.[1]


Early beginnings and No DoubtEdit

After being invited to No Doubt's first official club show on March 14, 1987 by original drummer and fellow Anaheim High School student Chris Webb,[3] Kanal joined the band as its bassist at age 16.[4][5] After high school, Kanal enrolled at California State University, Fullerton to major in psychology.[1]

In 1991, No Doubt signed with Interscope Records and began recording their first full-length album.[6] Their self-titled debut was released in 1992, and that year they embarked on three U.S. van tours, playing clubs and theaters. Over the next decade, No Doubt released the albums Tragic Kingdom (1995),[7] The Beacon Street Collection (1995), Return of Saturn (2000),[8] Rock Steady (2001),[9] as well as two compilation albums, The Singles 1992-2003 (2003) [10] and Everything In Time: B-Sides, Rarities, Remixes (2004).[11] The band toured the world and earned several awards, including two Grammy Awards and 5 MTV Music Video Awards.

2004-2014: No Doubt hiatus, writing, and producingEdit

In 2004, after touring the U.S. to promote The Singles 1992-2003, No Doubt went on hiatus. During this time, Kanal began producing and writing outside of the band. That same year, Kanal produced three songs for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates.[12] Also in 2004, Kanal produced and co-wrote three tracks on Gwen Stefani's first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.[13] Kanal then produced Elan Atias's debut album, Together as One, which was released in June 2006.[14] Kanal again worked with Gwen Stefani for her follow-up solo album The Sweet Escape, released in 2006.[15]

He created several remixes, including ones of Stefani's "Hollaback Girl"[16] and Gang of Four's "Ether".[16] Kanal produced the song "Rent" for the ska punk band Pepper's 2006 album No Shame.[17]

In 2008, he collaborated on two songs titled "Sober" and "Funhouse" with Pink for her album Funhouse.[18] Kanal also co-wrote the song "Smart Girls" for Weezer's 2010 album Hurley.[19]

In 2010, Kanal co-wrote, produced, and performed bass on the track "Kiss You Up", recorded by Barbadian artist Shontelle for her second album, No Gravity.[20]

With Stefani promoting her second solo album, No Doubt began initial work on a new album without her[21] and planned to complete it after Stefani's tour was finished.[22] In March 2008, the band started making posts concerning the progression of the album on their official fan forum. Stefani made a post on 28 March 2008 stating that songwriting had commenced but was slow on her end because she was, at the time, pregnant with her second child.[23]

Kanal during No Doubt's 2009 summer reunion tour.

The band toured in 2009 for their first full-fledged band tour in nearly five years.[24][25] The North American 2009 Summer Tour was the band's largest tour, playing over 50 shows.

In 2009, No Doubt made an appearance on the television series Gossip Girl, playing a fictional band called "Snowed Out" in the episode "Valley Girls".[26] They performed their cover version of the Adam and the Ants song "Stand and Deliver".[27] In 2010, the band performed at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the life's work of Sir Paul McCartney. Their performance was attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.[28]

In 2012, No Doubt released Push and Shove, their latest release. They celebrated the album by performing seven sold out shows in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheater.[29] In 2014 and 2015, they played the Global Citizens Festivals in New York City and Washington D.C. and headlined music festivals in the United States.[30]

2014-present: DREAMCAR and other bandsEdit

In 2014, Kanal and No Doubt bandmates Tom Dumont and Adrian Young, along with Davey Havok of AFI, formed the band DREAMCAR. They released their debut self-titled album through Columbia Records in 2017 and toured the U.S. to support it, including performances at the Coachella Festival.[31]

In October 2018, Kanal joined Danny Elfman during the encore of his three Nightmare Before Christmas shows at the Hollywood Bowl to play Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party".[32] On October 31, Kanal performed a set of 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with musicians Adam Levine, Chad Smith, Andrew Watt, and Darren Criss at Maroon 5's annual Halloween party in Los Angeles.[33]

In December 2018, Kanal played bass for The Offspring on their Australian festival headline tour. In January 2019, Kanal again joined the band for their tour in Japan.[34][35]

Personal lifeEdit

Kanal dated bandmate Gwen Stefani from 1987-1994. They continued to have a successful creative relationship after they broke up which led to many of No Doubt's songs, most notably "Don't Speak".[36] Many years later, Stefani co-wrote her song "Cool" about their relationship as friends for her 2004 debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.[37]

Kanal is married to American home designer Erin Lokitz.[38] On January 24, 2011, their first daughter, Coco Reese Lakshmi Kanal was born.[39] On November 22, 2013, their second daughter, Saffron Rose Kiran Kanal was born.[40]

Kanal is a vegan[41][42] and Animal Rights activist. In addition to promoting and speaking publicly about animal rights issues, he has supported animal rights organizations including Farm Sanctuary,[43] LA Animal Save,[44] and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and has done numerous hen rescues with Animal Place.[45][46]

Musical equipmentEdit

Kanal endorses Yamaha basses which he runs through Gallien-Krueger heads into Ampeg cabinets.[47]


No Doubt

Writing and producing creditsEdit

Title Year Artist Album Credits
"Hold Me Now" 2004 Wayne Wonder 50 First Dates: Love songs from the Original Motion Picture production, programming, keyboards[12]
"Ghost In You" Mark McGrath
"Slave to Love" Elan Atias featuring Gwen Stefani
"Crash" Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby. songwriting, production, programming, keyboards[48]
"Crazy" (remix) 2005 Alanis Morissette Non-album single remixer, programming, keyboards
"Hollaback Girl" (remix) Gwen Stefani featuring Elan Atias Non-album single remixer, programming, keyboards[49]
"Ether" (remix) Gang of Four ''Return the Gift'' remixer, programming, keyboards[49]
"Rent" 2006 Pepper No Shame production[17]
"Allnighter" Elan Atias featuring Gwen Stefani Together As One songwriting, production, programming, keyboards
"Don't You Go" Elan Atias featuring Tami Chynn
"Together As One" Elan Atias
"Feel My Pressure"
"We Won't Stand For This"
"I Wanna Yell" production, programming, keyboards
"My Kingston Girl"
"Girl" Elan Atias featuring Assassin
"Nothing Is Worth Losing You" Elan Atias production, programming
"You Don't Come Around No More" Elan Atias featuring Cutty Ranks
"4 In The Morning" Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape songwriting, production, programming, keyboards[50]
"Don't Get It Twisted"
"Paralysis" 2008 Scott Weiland "Happy" in Galoshes songwriter[51]
"Funhouse" Pink Funhouse songwriting, production, bass guitar[18]
"Sober" production, bass guitar
"Toxic Valentine" 2009 All Time Low Jennifer's Body: Music From the Motion Picture songwriting[52]
"Freak Out" Jeanette Undress to the Beat songwriting
"Bubblegum" 2009 The Stunners Non-album single songwriting, production, programming[53]
"Luvsik" 2009 Mozella Belle Isle songwriting, production, programming, keyboards, bass guitar[54]
"Smart Girls" 2010 Weezer Hurley songwriting[19]
"Kiss You Up" 2010 Shontelle No Gravity songwriting
"Push It" 2011 Jessie and The Toy Boys Non-album single songwriting, production, programming[55]
"The Big Bang Theory" 2015 The Makemakes Non-album single songwriting
"Drips Gold" 2017 Eden XO featuring Raja Kuman Non-album single songwriting, production, programming[56]


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