LA BEAT QUEEN, TOKiMONSTA, ON OUR CHOICE SUMMER FESTIVAL
TOKiMONSTA's glitchy beats have crawled out of the LA electronic underground and into the spotlight, moving from Brainfeeder to Ultra for the the release of Half Shadows. Case in point: her shows in the city are so mobbed out that we had to high-tail it to the desert to catch up with our favorite she-jay at the eclectic camping festival, Lightning In A Bottle. (Think: part Burning Man, part Coachella.)
Not unlike how TOKiMONSTA, aka Jennifer Lee, got her start; festival producers, The Do LaB, nurture a hyper-creative community that promotes earth-based wisdom and learning by doing. This year LiB upped the ante booking a massive cross-section of leading experimental producers, and relocated north to a park in Bradley, CA.
So naturally, when we heard wind of this majestic union we packed up our recreational vehicle in search of the soundtrack for "the journey within".
How has growing up in LA and joining the Brainfeeder family influenced your musical sensibilities?
It's heavily influenced me, but I can't pinpoint how. All I know is that if I lived anywhere else, I don't think I would be making music.
What do you think about Lightning in a Bottle?
Lighting in a Bottle is a fun festival. This was my first time playing, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The line up was great, especially on the stage I played.
How would you describe your sound?
My music is hip hop and soul, yet very much electronic. I believe it is a culmination and interpretation of all the music I grew up listening.
How do your recent tours of Asia and Europe compare to the States?
It's really interesting to see how people react to your music in different places. The energy always depends on the show and not the location.
How’s it feel to be a girl in this industry?
I feel fine as a woman in the scene. Part of my drive to succeed comes from not victimizing myself because I'm different.
There was some magic happening during your show at LiB. Did you have any surprises for the audience?
Playing new unreleased music is my favorite way to surprise the audience. The overall energy of the set was fun and positive. We all just got wild together.