RBMA: Introducing… TOKiMONSTA
Our 8th and final Red Bull Music Academy 2010 candidate interview is with indomitable TOKiMONSTA. Seemingly on a path to global beats-domination, catching the ears of many taste-makers along the way, we caught up with her for a brief exchange before she entered the Academy. Please also take a moment to check out the other seven interviews that were previously published on the site, with Lunice, Kidkanevil, ANGO, Dza, Myele Manzanza, 00Genesis and Amenta respectively. But, here she is ladies and gentlemen, TOKiMONSTA…
Jus Like Music: Who are you and where do you come from?
TOKiMONSTA: My name is Jennifer Lee, but I go by TOKiMONSTA. I’m from the South Bay area of Los Angeles.
JLM: What do you do?
T: To the best of my knowledge, I believe I make music.
JLM: And why do you do it?
T: No particular reason, I’m just drawn to it.
JLM: So, what’s new?
T: Hmmm, nothing much. You know, asides from the RBMA, several show dates, and a few upcoming releases.
JLM: What do you hope to achieve at RBMA 2010?
T: I want to walk away with new knowledge, new bonds, and a new outlook on my life in music.
JLM: What music have you been feeling lately?
T: I’ve been listening to an eclectic mix of mid to late 90s jams. Like; Aaliyah, Dr Octagon, early Timbaland, DJ Krush, Dilla, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork.
JLM: And lastly, what’s the best advice you would give to an emerging artist?
T: Be true to yourself and don’t just try to sound like someone else. Set yourself apart and you will be noticed.