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Afro Monk – Glitch-Hop Memoirs | Glitch Classics

time June 3rd by John-Michael authorTags: None

I’ve put together a mix that tells the story of glitch-hop to me. This mix features some of the most influential producers that inspired me to start this blog and become a DJ.

The goal was to showcase what I considered Glitch-hop. The recent definition of glitch-hop in 2014 is very different from what I called around 2009 era. Glitch-hop was much more related to hip-hop and remixes done in the 90-110 BPM range. The common theme was that there were glitched up edits and effects. Today it’s usually tied to what I call Midtempo breaks. It’s also become a lot closer to dubstep and even into a new subgenre of glitch-hop that we call neuro-hop. It’s a cross of the heavy aggressive dubstep music at a lower BPM than 140. This is of course my personal opinion but it’s worth noting that this mix features the early days of glitch-hop or even sometimes called laser bass.

One of the underlying reason I created this was to almost say good-bye to my DJ career. I’ve stopped taking gigs for the most part and no longer play every week. I’m burnt out. The past year and a half I was playing on a weekly basis for a minimum of 90mins. It was a blast but I’m exhausted and thought creating an old school glitch-hop mix would be fun. The early days I felt like I had no clue of what I was doing but knew what I wanted to do. This is me going back and creating a mix that’s a bit more polished and could listen to and reminisce of those times. Majority of these producers have evolved for obvious reasons and cool to hear these tracks and compare to their modern day music. It’s also going to be great to reference later to all the new people

I hope you enjoy this mix.

Nothing but love goes out to these artist. I can’t thank them enough for providing such incredible memories. I was going through a rough time in my life when I first started this blog and DJing. Music really got me through this pain and filled that empty hole.

Producers Featured: Virtual Boy, Samples, edIT, NastyNasty, EPROM, Ooah, ill-ēsha, ill.Gates, The Glitch Mob, Freddy Todd, Mimosa, MartyParty, Of Porcelain, Kraddy, Nosaj Thing, Pretty Lights, Nalepa, and Bil Bless

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Sonic Bloom 2014 | June 19th-22nd | South Park, Colorado

time March 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014 has moved to a new location, The American Safari Resort, and tickets are selling faster than they have ever sold over the 9 previous years.

I’ve been attending Sonic Bloom for over three years straight now. It has a special place in my heart due to the intimate nature of the festival and the fact that it is one of the main events in Colorado. Year after year the artist they book, the vibe created, and the community of people from all over come together to make it one of the premier summer festivals. I’ve done my fair share of traveling all over the US and believe that Sonic Bloom is the go to festival this year.

It has been awhile since I have writing about something and had decided not to write blog post anymore but Sonic Bloom I hold dear to my heart. This year I’ve decided to cut my festival travels down significantly but told myself that this is the one for me. Why? Tipper! The fact that there are TWO Tipper sets means there will be a chill downtempo set which is worth the cost of the travel and ticket easy. There are so many other talented artist worth mentioning as well but I can’t express how excited I am to see Tipper this year considering the new album just around the corner.

This year The Road to Sonic Bloom has officially kicked off. Here are the remaining dates and the talented artist that will be performing all over the States to help build the hype for the main event! I’ll be playing at the Miami, FL date so be sure to come out to The Nest =)

April 4th – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious

April 5th – The Nest, Miami, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious & Afro Monk

April 10th – The Parish, Austin, TX
The Malah, Janover & reSunator

April 11th – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious, Psymbionic

April 12th – Sons of Hermann Hall
Janover & reSunator

April 25th – Omaha, NE – Abbott Sports Complex
Kaminanda, Nadis Warriors, MuzzY, Marvel Years, Krooked Drivers

May 2nd – 3rd – The Unified Field: official SONIC BLOOM pre-party at Cervantes, Denver, CO
Opiuo, Random Rab, ill-esha, Zoogma, Janover & reSunator, Whitebear, Defunk & more TBA

Be sure to grab tickets ASAP since pre-sales and tier one tickets have already sold out! The one thing that really stood out to me about this year is that due to the new location you won’t have to worry about taking shuttles to and from the parking area since there will be car camping available. The location also features an indoor saloon with a bar and DJ booth for some of your favorite artist to entertain. I’d also recommend looking into VIP passes as this year they include tons of goodies!

Keep checking back for the final announcements of artist and possible gives aways! This poster is for the 1st and 2nd wave of artist announcements. Believe it or not they still have additional artist to add =D

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Welcome Georgette to the team!

time February 19th by John-Michael authorTags:

I’m proud to announce a new writer to the team, Georgette! We have been friends for a few years now and she has been a big supporter of since the beginning.

Georgette is quite active in the music community as well as runs an incredible adult community, BohoCrush. I highly recommend checking it out! She recently started to DJ and thought that this was a perfect place for her to showcase all the amazing music she runs into.

I’m really looking forward to her posts because I know they won’t be limited to just music. Georgette has close ties to people into fashion, art, photography, and more. Historically this sites focus has been about music but I know she’ll add some flare to the site.

Not to take the spotlight off her but I just wanted to chime in and say thank you to all of you who have supported us over the years. The site no longer pumps out as much content as it use too but I’ve brought on new writers to help keep the site alive. We might not be posting as much anymore but we try to bring you the best of the best when we do showcase music. I personally have taken a hiatus from writing as my focus has been on my career but I may start putting some stuff together =)


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Welcome Sofia to the AfroMonk Team!

time November 20th by John-Michael authorTags: ,

Introducing the newest member to the staff, Sofia!

She’s a good friend of mine from Texas that I totally adore. Sofia is one of those people who will always bring a smile to your face no matter how terrible of a day you’ve had. She has tons of energy and highly motivated. You can find her in Austin, Texas raging all the EDM parties.

Sofia is a co-owner of Yatra Productions. They are local to Austin as well as Colorado. This past year they held a small festival called ALLOVEUS which showcased tons of incredible talent and art. They have tons of plans for the future and if you’re local to Texas be sure to reach out to her.

I think Sofia will added diversity to the website as her musical taste aligns with the overall vibe. She is also always pushing fresh new bands and producers that are up and coming. I haven’t kept my ear to the ground as much and think she’ll be a valuable addition to the team as she expands her experience as an event promoter.

I’m not going to hide the fact that the website has sort of died off and a big reason is due to the fact that I don’t write as much. To be honest I’m ready to retire from the blog. There are lots of projects I’m working on as well as focusing on my career. Many close friends have been reaching out to me for reviews and coverage but I’m going to say this is the perfect opportunity to reach out to Sofia and the rest of the team.

This is also a call to writers who are interested in contributing to the website. Ideally I’d love someone who writes consistently. There are lots of artist who I’m still in contact with and will push their music to you for review. This does mean access to loads of awesome music before it’s released. Please leave a comment or e-mail one of the lovely women who currently write for the site (I’m hoping this gets this more motivated as well) =D

I also want to thank everyone who has supported and been a follower of this website. It’s incredible how much this website transformed my life. Thank you for reading and listening <3 JM

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Omega | Fearless EP

time October 21st by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

I’m such an Omega fan boy. This guy is the mad scientist of our community. The amount of talent and knowledge he has is incredible. Chris is also one of the most loving humans I’ve met. The music he puts out is HUGE and gets quite intense compared to what I’m use to listening too. What’s also interesting is how gnarly his music can be but he’s in full control and sometimes you can hear his giddy laugh during his sets. It’s almost as if Omega has this dark evil nature but his true nature is almost shy by how massive his sound comes off.

Omega is by no means a new kid on the block either. He has be an integral part of the rising Colorado electronic music scene. You might not see him out as often but don’t worry he’s working inside his lab creating and mastering tunes. One thing that many people don’t know about yet is his project YuYu (1/2 Omega, 1/2 Cualli). If you’re not that into these aggressive massive basslines and live more for the funk you’ve got to keep your ears out for the YuYu material. It’s more along the lines of live instrumentation. You’ll have to hear and see it to understand.

You don’t usually find such explosive dubstep on this blog but I have nothing but respect and love for my friend, Omega. Check this out and support music. Major shout outs to UnMess for such amazing album art on this one!

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Afro Monk’s Custom Symbiosis 2013 Schedule

time September 19th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Symbiosis 2013 Custom Schedule (Google Doc)

Symbiosis 2013 FULL SCHEDULE

Thursday and Friday (Image)

Saturday and Sunday (Image)

Symbiosis 2013 Map (Image)

Symbiosis 2013 Albums

Category: Misc, News | commie No Comments » 4 Year Anniversary

time September 17th by John-Michael authorTags: None has officially been around for four years now. It’s crazy to think that it’s been that long now. I have to thank everyone for the support. I never imagined that this site would gain such a following over the years. During it’s peak the site was receiving 15,000 visitors a month. It’s not that much in respects to other popular websites. What counted was the community of people that made up those 15,000.

There haven’t been as many updates as of late and I have personally moved away from writing post myself. Tara and Molly are still getting some post done and hope they continue to post. This website will always remain live despite the lack of post. There is so much music on here that even though it’s dated it could lead to new discovery.

I’ve moved from spending a lot of time writing post on my free time to digging for new music and prepping live DJ sets. I’ve been lucky to have a hell of a team over the years to keep the site going. So much love goes out to PBJ, EA, Wubber Stumpper, Ed, Tara, and Molly. I don’t think this site will ever get back to the regular daily post schedule but time to time when something catches our eye or a major event is coming up we’ll post about it.

One thing that I have to say besides thanking the readership and followers of the blog is that anything is possible if you put your mind too it. I started this blog with a year or so of experience in my career as a SEO. I used that skill set and knowledge to build this simple WordPress site. It took me a few hours to build this site and over the years I’ve simply added a few widgets and tweaks. The reason I feel it was successful was because it was consistent. Almost every day I would post in it’s prime and share all sorts of music that I believe was not getting the press or coverage it deserved. I told a story about each of the artist because I only focused on people I had interacted with on the internet and in person. The site was founded on the idea of sharing music that was niche at the time. Over the years I’ve seen many of the artist I’ve written about become EDM stars. As cliche as it sounds, build it and they will come. You just got to have passion, unique content, and streamlined process.

Follow your dreams and keep it fresh!

Thank you.


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Daft Punk’s Get Lucky Fraud?!

time September 5th by John-Michael authorTags:

This is worth sharing.

This happens more than you think. I don’t even know what to think.

I thought.
Look I’ve heard many people say how this is a common chord progression in music. I get it. The problem lies in the fact that this is possible. It shows how artist like Daft Punk are as large as they are with a common chord progression. When I first heard this I freaked out. The video was recorded in 2011.

It just shows how the marketing and advertising push that the song Get Lucky had and still gets is insane. There’s that much music being made for this to happen and it’s that similar in my book that I had to show people.

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Afro Monk | Afrodisiac Mix Series

time August 17th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Afrodisiac is a collection of music that I felt needed to be created.

There’s a movement happening right now. I’m calling it Future Bass.

I’m in Love with it. It’s that feel good music.

I made a huge pile of some of my favorite tunes and cut it up into three mixes.

Expect a lot more of this. chill sexy background music.

This is for all the people out there who just want to vibe.

Thank you for all the support.



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Pressha | I’ll Take You There

time July 2nd by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Pressha is one of my favorite DJs period. There aren’t many that I’ll openly say this about. It’s hard not to post every single mix he puts out. It has been awhile and this new mix is lushish. Matt has been my go to for bumping bass music without having to worry about having a heart attack. The way he balances and mixes tracks is unmatched in the bass community.

Matt has recently started working on production with Humpfree Lowgart to create the dynamic duo, Slumber Party. You can get a small preview of their upcoming EP in this mix. I’m really excited to see these guys coming together to put out some original music.

I’ve recently started to move away from my traditional go to artist and music. The whole future bass thing has pulled me away from the west coast sounds. If there’s one person that I know that will continue to put out the type of mixes I do enjoy it’s Pressha. He has a very similar format for his mixes that I use to incorporate in mine: unreleased material, sexy bass, and big support to the homies on the come up.

I’m making my way to Seattle next week for MozCon and looking forward to spending some time with him. Random fact, this guy can cook one hell of a meal. Be sure to grab this mix and check out all of his previous mixes.

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