For Lovers of Hip-Hop as a whole and everything Electronic:
Last weekend, on Sunset Blvd not too far from DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), there was a rare event happening in an unlikely place.
I only say this because had I not known where to go, this gem would’ve only been discovered by some random wandering Minion raver (this place had 3 rooms of music), who would’ve then alerted the other crowds in the main two rooms to come closer for a listen AND I would’ve seen this footage somewhere in the vast interwebs, during my late night munchie binges and youtube scouring.
The artist I was told to look out for?
He was the only East Coast artist at this L.A. showcase, full of West Coast DJ’s/Producers, so it was already set up perfect in my mind. Being there early I had a chance to catch a few of the other DJ’s playing and let me tell you…..wait….So I ate two homemade edibles prior to walking in….not sure why that matters but figured I’d throw it in….
Now, the DJ’s..first person I saw was a man who goes by the name, Shines. He truly has some chill hardcore thump of the surreal type. When he first started I thought, man this is cool but when can I feel it?? Then he drops the beat in a way I’ve never heard, like…NEVER HEARD. Off yet on….here and there but not lost, which immediately gets the crowd nodding and the energy just blossomed from there. The second was a gentlemen who calls himself Monster Rally. This guy loves Hip-Hop I can tell. No matter what world he travels to electrically, he always has something Hip-Hop stitched in the foundation and fabric. And again, the thump factor was real and alive with Monster Rally. Both he and Shines put on formidable beat sets.
Now as Monster Rally is coming to a close, I see MoonBounce setting up his equipment in anticipation for his set.
Monster Rally ends his set, as MoonBounce sets up his final piece of equipment.
Almost like clockwork…..like a switch has been flipped, the man became the entity and started commanding his console like the captain of a futuristic battleship. Loading original sounds, (he makes his own samples organically), flipping nobs, singing sounds and songs, punching the pads of his sampler and drumming til his heart’s content. Watching this man perform is definitely a treat and his sound has no real barrier…..but somewhere inside of me, as I watch and listen to him, I feel as if some of the Universal DNA that made up J Dilla resides in MoonBounce. That LOVE of the sound and the experience of making it something else and then making that an ingredient in something magical. If you haven’t yet……please take a moment to listen. I was thoroughly entertained all night and even more so when MoonBounce performed. He truly is needed in the realms of music and always pushing the limits.
Here is a video from that night from one of his songs that really made me feel Dilla, called “Shake”.
I expect to see this man for years to come. For any of those who wish to seek him out now or just see what he is about, below are some links.