The Twilite Tone grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the mid 80s and early 90s. Surrounded by the diverse range of sounds the city offered during that period, Tone embraced the abstract and the concrete, walking the line between deep house (Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Andre Hatchett, Lil Louis) and hip hop (Schoolly D, Divine Force, Sir Ibu, Ultramagnetic MCs).
Starting off in the mid-80s as a house and hip-hop-obsessed Chicago teen, Khan quickly moved from casual observer and hobbyist to creator, shacking up with the likes of Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (better known as Common), Dion Wilson (No ID), often noted as Kanye West’s mentor), and others.
In 2000, Khan started Great Weekend, a party which featured a genre-defying mix of DJs, musicians, and artists, and has DJed at the Mister Saturday Night and I Love Vinyl parties in NYC.
He is currently the music director and DJ for Common. In 2003-2004, he moved and further cultivated the Great Weekend party in L.A. while establishing a cult following for the event and accompanying mix CDs . The Twilite Tone relocated to New York in 2008 where he brought his Great Weekend parties to the legendary nightclub APT. Along with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, Khan was also a founding member of the Mister Saturday Night party at Santos Party House.
"You’ve got to grab the listener and drag him (or her) into your world… command his attention and leave him wanting more. There’s no room for error, no half measures, no second chances… the first track up has to KILL IT!!! Who ya gonna call then? Easy, Anthony Khan aka Ynot aka The Twilite Tone aka Great Weekend." - Gilles Peterson (British-based Swiss DJ, owner Acid Jazz Records and Brownswood Recordings)
"When it comes to Chicago producers, Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Khan is a legend. He's the man responsible for crafting Common's sound, producing the first three albums from the rapper, gave No ID his name, and produced for Kanye West." - Latifah Muhammas (Hip-Hop Wired)
Responsible for Common's first three albums, and now working as his creative director, Khan has clocked more than two dozen years in the music industry.
As of recent, The Twlite Tone has provided production for John Legend, Big Sean, Pusha T, Kanye West and others. He co-wrote 3 tracks on Cruel Summer including the lead single “Mercy” which reached No.1 on Billboard’s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and US Rap Songs Charts and went 2x Platinum, “Don’t Like.1”, and “The One.”
Khan is also credited with giving No ID his name. No I.D. is his birth name, Dion, in reverse. A rare house record (1015) he made with No ID under the name Dion & Tony has been celebrated with a high-profile reissue on a compilation on Rush Hour records. Subsequent releases as Great Weekend, The Twilite Tone, Master Khan, and other incarnations, have followed on UNO, Throne of Blood, Wurst, Do-Over, Brownswood, and more.