Originals Remixed Presents Tokimonsta
Celebrating our long-standing roots within Jamaican culture, we’ve joined forces with the mighty Trojan Records to present four international DJ Producers notorious for their musical individuality.
With recognition to four cities across the globe that encompass a diverse heritage of sounds, ORIGINALS REMIXED is coming soon to bring you four exclusive downloads from LA, Tokyo, Naples and London. Our Producers: TOKiMONSTA (USA), Mighty Crown (JAPAN), Riva Starr (ITALY) and Toddla T (UK) spin The Pioneers’ original track.
Introducing one of four masterful music makers joining us this season, we are proud to present one of the most cutting edge members of a growing group of LA based electro producers. TOKiMONSTA joins ORIGINALS REMIXED to represent LA sounds and female beat makers across the globe.
Here are a few words from the lady herself:
First of all where did the name TOKiMONSTA come from?
"Toki," means "rabbit" in Korean. Whereas, "monsta" is just a silly abbreviated form of "monster." Toki was a nickname in my family when I was younger, so I came up with TOKiMONSTA as an artist name, somehow.
Where do you currently live and/or spend most of your time?
I live in Los Angeles, CA.
Who's been your biggest inspiration style wise?
My mother is my biggest style inspiration. She's always had a unique style and was a fashion designer back in the 1960s. A lot of my vintage collection is her old wardrobe.
How would you describe your music?
I would say its hip hop that had turned left at the road when the rest turned right. It met up with electronic music and they strolled down deeper into the forbidden.
Has your music direction changed over time?
It's changed a lot of the course of time, but I'd call it an advancement.
Who are your big influences past and present and who should we all be looking out for in the future?
One of many past influences is jazz player Charles Mingus. Current influence would be all my peers here in LA on the Brainfeeder label. Who we should be watching out for in the future is a guy named Jonti.
As well as being talented with a drum machine and other gadgetry you are classically trained in the piano. Do you use this training within your music?
I do use my classical piano training in my music, but it is only one factor in many that goes into a song. I definitely don't overplay the whole "classical piano" style in my music.
There are not many women beat-makers. How does it feel representing females in what you do?
I feel proud representing female beat-makers. It's also a lot of pressure because I feel as though my music can be judged more critically as a gender minority in this field of music. Regardless, I believe every person should pay attention to the music and not me.
What do you listen to at home?
I listen to a lot of hip hop, old jazz and prog rock on vintage vinyl, indie bands and tons of interesting electronic music from all different walks of life.
Was there ever a record that when you had listened to it changed you?
Wu-Tang Clan - 36 chambers. I suppose at the young age I was at when I first heard it, I didn't realize music could be so raw and chaotic. The lyrics and beats felt so untamable. I Loved it!
Who has changed your perception about music?
J Dilla - Donuts. This album taught the listener that you can listen to hip hop beats without a rapper and it can still be interesting. It showed that songs could be 60 seconds long and still grab you.
Apart from being a musician how do you like to spend your time?
I really love cooking and preparing meals. It's something that I feel is another form of creativity. With music, the sensory aspect focuses on your hearing, with food, it's with your sense of taste.
Are there any fresh, new talents that we should watch out for?
Watch out of Jonti, Jonwayne, Suzi Analogue and Shlohmo.
Could you mention a top tune for 2012? Which works well in your mixes?
I've been really enjoying ASAP Rocky's music. He has one song called "The Bass," that I love putting in my set.
What do you think of Clarks Originals and what it’s been doing with musicians?
I think what Clark Originals is doing with musicians is great. It's the art of fashion meeting with the art of music. The necessity of both is obvious and it's good to have one build up the other.
Why do you think Clarks Originals has been such a huge part of music culture and style?
I think it's a matter of great creative choices that build upon individual thinking and not a group mentality. Clarks Originals attracts independent thinking music lovers that want to set themselves apart with something classic and original.
Are you a Desert Boot or Wallabee fan and why?
Yes! I loved the Wallabees at a young age because of Wu Tang. They have songs about them. Desert Boots I love because they are so classic. It's one of those wardrobe pieces that will never lose its worth.
Keeping things fresh throughout the coming months, we’re releasing a remix for free download every month, while our four artists show you around their home cities of London, Naples, Tokyo and LA in four exclusive documentaries and interviews.
Stay tuned to clarksoriginals.com for TOKiMONSTA’s exclusive documentary and remix- released here from 24th September.
Check out TOKiMONSTA’s soundcloud here