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Tokimonsta
Tokimonsta and Anderson.paak Coachella 2016.jpg
Tokimonsta performing at Coachella 2016 with Anderson Paak
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Lee
BornLos Angeles, California, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • DJ
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated actsAnalogue Monsta, Suzi Analogue, Flying Lotus, Thirsty Fish
Websitewww.tokimonsta.com

Jennifer Lee, known professionally as Tokimonsta (stylized as TOKiMONSTA), is an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles.[3] She has collaborated with Thirsty Fish,[4] Kool Keith,[5] MNDR,[6] and Anderson Paak. She has also remixed tracks by Andreya Triana,[7] Daedelus,[8] Jodeci,[9] and Justin Timberlake.[10] In 2019, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance / Electronic Album.[11]

Early life[edit]

Jennifer Lee grew up in Torrance, California.[12] She is of Korean descent.[3] She graduated from University of California, Irvine[13] with a degree in business and later worked for a video game producer.[14][15]

Lee was classically trained as a pianist. She first started working on electronic music while in college, when she participated in workshops by Leimert Park's Project Blowed and Low End Theory.[15]

Career[edit]

Lee was invited to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010.[16] She was the first woman to sign to Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label and released her first album, Midnight Menu, in November 2010 on Brainfeeder.[17] She was rated the #1 Hottest Los Angeles Lady DJ by LA Weekly in December 2010.[18] She released the EP Creature Dreams, also on Brainfeeder, in 2011.[19] The next year, she released Boom, an 11-track collaborative project with Suzi Analogue as Analogue Monsta.[20]

In 2013, her second album, Half Shadows, was released on Ultra Records.[21] In 2014, she released Desiderium on her own Young Art Records.[22] She returned to the Red Bull Music Academy that same year as an alumni lecturer.[23] She produced Gavin Turek's You're Invited in 2015 on Young Art Records.[24] On September 9, 2015, she announced on Twitter the release of her solo album Fovere and she will be out on tour in support of her new album starting November 9, 2015.[25]

Name[edit]

The name Tokimonsta originates from the Korean word for rabbit (tokki), which she took from a Korean's children's song "San Toki"[26][27]

Personal life[edit]

Lee was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease in late 2015. After undergoing two brain surgeries, she briefly lost language and comprehension skills. Once these were regained, Lee eventually began work on her latest album Lune Rouge, despite not being able to fully understand music. She has noted that this album was her most personal piece of work due to the difficulties she experienced prior to making it.[28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Midnight Menu (2010)
  • Half Shadows (2013)
  • Desiderium (2014)
  • Fovere (2016)
  • Lune Rouge (2017)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Bedtime Lullabies (2008)
  • Cosmic Intoxication (2010)
  • Creature Dreams (2011)
  • Los Angeles 8/10 (2011) (with Mike Gao)
  • Boom (2012) (with Suzi Analogue, as Analogue Monsta)
  • You're Invited (2015) (with Gavin Turek)

Singles[edit]

  • "USD / Free Dem" (2010) (with Blue Daisy)
  • "Mileena's Theme" (2011) (for Mortal Kombat)
  • "Darkest (Dim)" (2012) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Go With It" (2013) (with MNDR)
  • "The Force" (2013) (with Kool Keith)
  • "The World Is Ours" (2014)
  • "Realla" (2014) (with Anderson Paak)
  • "Steal My Attention" (2014)
  • "Drive" (2014) (with Arama)
  • "Pinching" (2014) (with Iza Lach)
  • "Saw Sydney (Pharrell 'That Girl' Flip)" (2015)
  • "Hemisphere" (2015) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Surrender" (2015) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Put It Down" (2015) (with Anderson .Paak)
  • "Don't Call Me" (2017) (feat. Yuna)
  • "We Love" (2017) (featurin MNDR)
  • "I Wish I Could" (2018) (featuring Selah Sue)
  • "Strange Foot" (2019) (featuring Ambré)[29]
  • "Dream Chorus" (2019)[30]

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Li, Christina (June 28, 2012). "L.A. Beatmaker TOKiMONSTA: "People Think I'm Some Cutesy Anime Princess"". SF Weekly.
  2. ^ Wunsch, Jessica (April 9, 2013). "Exclusive: TOKiMONSTA Talks Keeping Up With Boys Before Half Shadows Album Release Party". Vibe.
  3. ^ a b Kakaire, Christine (September 28, 2010). "RA: Breaking through: Tokimonsta - Interview". Resident Advisor.
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 28, 2011). "Thirsty Fish - Watergate". Exclaim!.
  5. ^ Cooper, Duncan (February 6, 2013). "Video: TOKiMONSTA f. Kool Keith, "The Force"". The Fader.
  6. ^ Martins, Chris (March 25, 2013). "Watch MNDR and Tokimonsta Hijack a Man's Dreams in 'Go With It' Video". Spin.
  7. ^ Fallon, Patric (January 20, 2011). "Andreya Triana "Far Closer (Tokimonsta Remix)"". XLR8R.
  8. ^ Teh, Terence (February 16, 2011). "Daedelus & Tokimonsta Head to Head". Dazed Digital.
  9. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn (May 25, 2012). "Jodeci "Freek N' You (Tokimonsta Frickinyoo Remix)"". XLR8R.
  10. ^ Sacher, Andrew (March 21, 2013). "TOKiMONSTA releasing new album, playing shows, remixed Justin Timberlake (dates & streams)". BrooklynVegan.
  11. ^ "Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA". GRAMMY.com. 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  12. ^ Benson, Kristin (May 25, 2011). "Tokimonsta: Draw From The Opposites". L.A. Record.
  13. ^ Bain, Katie (April 4, 2013). "Tokimonsta Leaves the Nest". Los Angeles Weekly.
  14. ^ Cliff, Aimee. "Five things you should know about TOKiMONSTA". Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  15. ^ a b Schiewe, Jessie. "Tokimonsta Mixes Hip-Hop and EDM for the EDC Masses". Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  16. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  17. ^ Deviant (November 7, 2010). "Review: TOKiMONSTA - Midnight Menu - Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic.
  18. ^ Benson, Kristina. "Top 5 Hottest L.A. Lady DJs in 2010". Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  19. ^ Diver, Mike (May 18, 2011). "BBC - Music - Review of TOKiMONSTA - Creature Dreams". BBC Music.
  20. ^ Martin, Andrew (July 25, 2012). "Album Premiere: Analogue Monsta "Boom"". Complex.
  21. ^ Weigel, Maxwell (April 11, 2013). "TOKIMONSTA: HALF SHADOWS". In Your Speakers. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  22. ^ DeVille, Chris (September 19, 2014). "Stream TOKiMONSTA Desiderium (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum.
  23. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". www.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  24. ^ "Listen to TOKiMONSTA and Gavin Turek's Slick Mini LP 'You're Invited'". Vice. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  25. ^ "T᷈O᷈K᷈iM᷈O᷈N᷈S᷈T᷈A᷈ on Twitter". Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  26. ^ "TOKiMONSTA on Instagram: "The "toki" part of my name is based on a Korean children's song called "San Toki"—which means "mountain rabbit." I commemorated this song…"". Instagram.
  27. ^ https://www.dummymag.com/features/quick-catch-up-tokimonsta-interview-2014
  28. ^ Geffen, Sasha (September 12, 2017). "TOKiMONSTA Lost Speaking and Musical Abilities After Brain Surgery. This Is How She Regained Them". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 16, 2018. That’s not to say that this is a happy album, but the whole process of creating it was very cathartic for me. It’s my most personal piece of work.
  29. ^ Bein, Kat (March 1, 2019). "TOKiMONSTA recruits Ambré for the chill 'Strange Froot': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 19, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  30. ^ "Dream Chorus by TOKiMONSTA on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  31. ^ Middleton, Ryan (2018-10-25). "Moby, Tokimonsta, DJ Tennis, DJ Seinfeld contributing to George Fitzgerald 'All that Must Be' remix album". Magnetic Mag. Archived from the original on 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2018-12-14.

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