After graduating high school in Palm Springs, CA. Tony moved to L.A., where he quickly landed his first major recording gig, collaborating with the songwriting hall of famer, Lamont Dozier. In addition to co-writing several songs, he arranged and played drums, bass, guitar and keys on various albums. During the same period, he also co-founded and played with the underground funk band General Caine, recording a number of albums. In '84 Tony began touring and recording with Chaka Khan, eventually becoming her music director. From this, he went on to record and tour with many well-known artists including Michael McDonald, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Was Not Was, George Michael, ABC, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Solomon Burke, and Smokey Robinson. Patler's credits also include film soundtracks and co-writing songs for Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan & LTD among others.