I specifically chose this song because of the progression of melodies and percussion and their development, like a story with a graceful yet slightly melancholy ending. In life, every joyful conclusion will be accompanied by a bit of sadness--Without feeling sadness or struggle, how else would someone understand joy?
Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, TOKiMONSTA(Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical piano. However, she has come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes through utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty noise. Through her musical creations, she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.
Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in avant-garde and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various large scale international radio programs such as: BBC Radio1, NPR, BBC World Service, J Wave, Studio Brussels, Radio Nova, KCRW, KEXP, to name a few. Subsequently, she has been featured in print by SPIN, Dazed and Confused, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, XLR8R, URB, Paper, LA Times, and more. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles. Additionally, Resident Adviser did a full feature on her for “Breaking Through”, a RA series which focuses on the next big emerging artist.
Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join crew/label BRAINFEEDER headed by Flying Lotus-celebrated as the most exciting LA music label by LA Weekly. In addition, she is also a 2010 Red Bull Music Academy alumni, allowing her to join the ranks of other elite taste maker alumni.
Her live performance is engaging as well as intricate―using a laptop, other pieces of instrumentation and multimedia to orchestrate a truly interactive experience. She is a fearless and energetic performer who tours regularly around the world from LA to NY, London to Tel Aviv, Singapore to Tokyo.