INTERVIEW : @DJMonumental ready to return to ‘the Far East’

The Dynamic Duo – J-Lie & DJ Monumental

Dubbed “the young genius from Brooklyn” the youthful @DJ Monumental is already making moves big enough in NYC to catch the attentions of trendsetters and promoters in the Far East.  Hear him spin and watch the handsome party person mingle with his mostly female fan base and it’s easy to understand why Tokyo taste-maker @NaoDiddy has chosen him as a brand ambassador for his popular Asia-based hip hop inspired Magic Stick apparel street brand.

Sneakerhead, ‘good health’ spokesperson and the most popular DJ under 25 in the New York metropolitan scene right now, the ambitious entrepreneur has received co-signs from colleagues such as Bow Wow’s Tour DJ and long-time friend DJ Jus to government officials like respected New York State Senator Martin.  Already getting booked regularly for gigs overseas in Europe and the West Indies,  DJ Monumental returns to Japan for a second time in 2012 to headline his first Japan DJ Tour.  The “Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12” kicks off on November 2nd and will include club play, in-stores and fan meet & greets across Japan.

Name: DJ Monumental
Occupation:  Trendsetter
Twitter: @DJMonumental
Website: DJMonumental.com

@TokyoTwilighter How did your first Japan tour come about? 
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m J-Lie‘s (New York movement Slowbucks first artist) official DJ, J got the call for Swag Family Legacy’s “Summer Music Festival” and the rest is now history
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@TokyoTwilighter What was the highlight of your trip?
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@DJMonumental That’s a really hard question. There were so many highlights. It’s a toss up between the  show at Espirit Beach House that turned into a foam party and the after party at Vanity Lounge for the Zepp Tokyo Show. GOOD TIMES!
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@TokyoTwilighter Where did you shop and what did you buy?
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@DJMonumental I didn’t get to do as much damage as I wanted because our schedule was FULL.  I was able to do a little shopping in Harajuku the day before we left.  I got a little carried away at Supreme, Undefeated, Bape and Kinetics.  I was able to find a lot of pieces which were sold out in New York. Good thing I didn’t have much time to shop huh LOL!
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@TokyoTwilighter How was the food, anything you couldn’t eat?
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@DJMonumental Being that I’m a man who L-O-V-E-S food, there wasn’t anything that I wasn’t willing to try! My favorite dish has to be OKONOMIYAKI! (a Japanese omlette) I’ve never had anything like it. Thank you J-Lie and Nati (J-Lie’s Japan road manager) for the introduction.
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@TokyoTwilighter What surprised you the most that went against your expectations of Japan? of Tokyo? 
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@DJMonumental Our driver D-Nice was listening to Chopped and Screwed music, that was probably the last thing I would of expected to hear in Japan.  Come to find out there’s quite a large following of southern Hip-Hop culture in Japan.
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@TokyoTwilighter What Japanese words or customs did you learn?
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@DJMonumental Arigato (thank you), watashi wa nihon ga daisuki (I love Japan) and my favorite HAI! (yeah).
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One half of the #DreamTeam

@TokyoTwilighter You were able to DJ in concert with @JLie and in the club as a headliner, how did the party scene in Tokyo compare to your NYC hometown?

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@DJMonumental Honestly, at times I would forget that we were in Japan.  I felt like I was home until I looked up and everyone had their camera phones out recording us.  Lol.  (DJ Monumental performed at Zepp Tokyo and spun at Shimbashi 300 Bar, Vanity Lounge and on Enoshima beach.)
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@TokyoTwilighter What songs that you spun got the biggest reaction?  
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@DJMonumental SHOTS! SHOTS! SH-SHOTS! Lol LMFAO feat Lil Jon – Shots, worked every time.
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@TokyoTwilighter Anything you didn’t get to do that you aim to get done next time?
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@DJMonumental I would love to visit more Japanese monuments, do some real shopping and take a ride on the train , it’s the  New York in me.
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@TokyoTwilighter When will you be back to Japan?
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@DJMonumental November 1st! for my very own tour.  The Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12
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Hometown Hero Japan Tour 12 Schedule

DJ MONUMENTAL “HOMETOWN HERO JAPAN TOUR” 2012

11/2 (FRI) “CEREAL KILLA” @ Erecktrik Jinja(六本木)
11/3 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                 @ Manhattan Records(渋谷)
11/8 (THU) “MAKE OR TAKE” @ UCess Louge(原宿)
11/9 (FRI) “FLY FRIDAY” @ Bar One(大阪)
11/10 (SAT) “MANHATTAN RECORDS INSTORE LIVE
                  @ Manhattan Records(大阪)
11/11 (SUN) B’S KITCHEN @ Sam & Dave’s(大阪)
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Contact DJ Monumental’s Japan promotion team the #JapanCrew @ILMPJapan for more details.
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Check out Dj Monumental’s favorite Tokyo-based clothing brand Magic Stick here

Talking about Tokyo: Interview with J-Lie

Jim Jones an J-Lie on set for the 'Get it On the Low' music video

Not following J-Lie yet?  Then jump on the band wagon before it turns into a private G6 cuz that’s the direction this rising star is heading in.  Most recent collabs include Kendrick Lamar, Jim Jones, Wacka Flocka and more. You can cop his project Local Tourist on iTunes now.

Name: J-Lie
Occupation: Musician
Twitter: @Jlie
Tumblr: http://jlie.tumblr.com
Website: www.j-lie.com

@TokyoTwilighter: How many times have you been to Tokyo? 

J-Lie: Just once earlier this year (January 2011). It was an amazing experience. I cannot wait to come back.

@TokyoTwilighter: What was the best part of your trip?

J-Lie wearing Slowbucks gear featured in popular Japanese hip hop magazine 411

J-Lie: Stepping my feet onto Japanese soil strictly for musical purposes was the best part of my trip. I’ve always wanted to visit Tokyo. I am really into fashion so visiting has always been on my bucket list. Growing up I never imagined I would get paid to come out there and enjoy the culture and people. God is great.

@TokyoTwilighter: Did you try any interesting food or snacks?

J-Lie: Okonomi – Yaki was amazing.  Also the crazy thing to me was that there was sushi in the 7-11. I definitely had to get some just to see the quality from a corner store… and it was GREAT!

@TokyoTwilighter: Where did you go party?

J-Lie:  I only partied at the places that booked me for shows and that was F-Bar and Vanity Lounge. Both were amazing but Vanity was my favorite – the panoramic view was unbelievable. I was very surprised at the Tokyo nightlife.

@TokyoTwilighter: What did you buy in Tokyo?

J-Lie: I really just bought a bunch of things for my friends and family – souvenir type things. But of course I had to buy the True Blue Jordan III’s. I still haven’t worn them but maybe in a year or so I will.

@TokyoTwilighter: Did you learn any Japanese?

J-Lie: I did but unfortunately I already forgot it.  I do remember domo (meaning Thank you)  though. I use it constantly.

@TokyoTwilighter: What do you DEFINITELY want to do next time you visit that you haven’t done yet?

J-Lie: I want to make more time to interact with my fans on a more personal basis. Not just show up to the venue , perform, and go to a VIP section.  After my trip I realized how many real fans I have in Japan and that I need to show them how much I appreciate them.

 

 

When J-Lie was in Japan earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet him to interview him for Alist247.  You can check out that interview here.

 

#np @Jlie ‘Champion’

Filmed in Tokyo, Japan