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

Tokyo is #Swagg : Interview with @RoscoeDash

Roscoe Dash, Kalio, YT and DJ Kuttthroat on stage at Yokohama Bayside

While most may see Roscoe Dash as an internationally demanded ‘hook’ man, recent releases including  ‘Awesome’ and ‘Good, Good Night’ have drawn the attention away from just his hooks capturing listeners from beginning to end with his versatility and clever wordplay.  More than a rapper, the budding entrepreneur has a lot of big projects in the works.  Stay tuned for a brand expected to be as innovative as his music.

Name: Roscoe Dash
Occupation: Rapper
Twitter: @RoscoeDash
Website: http://www.RoscoeDash.com

@TokyoTwilighter : When did you visit Tokyo?

July 15-18 of this year (2011), I was booked for a 5 show tour to promote my mixtape Dash Effect. 

@TokyoTwilighter : What did you enjoy about your trip the most?
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The hospitality and food =) and of course meeting my Japanese fans!
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@TokyoTwilighter : What surprised you about Tokyo and its people?

How clean and neat everything is….Wayyyyy better than America. And also how nice and embracing the people were, especially my Japan WM street team @TeamRosoceJPN went above and beyond for us.

@Taison_WM poses with the Wreckless Myndstate crew at Narita Airport

@TokyoTwilighter :  How was the food?

Excellent, a lot of things were different but eye opening at the same time. 

@TokyoTwilighter : Where was the best place to party?

EVERYWHERE we attended was AMAZING.  It’s really hard to choose the BEST, I mean we were in JAPAN what’s not to love!!??

[Editor's note: Roscoe appeared at Yokohama Bayside, Azabu-Juban's Warehouse, Fussa's Kamikaze and Vanity Lounge in Roppongi]

@TokyoTwilighter :  What did you bring back from Tokyo to the US?
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A LOT of TRUE RELIGION & A LOT of  clothing from LHP in Harajyuku #Swagg

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

Go sight seeing, our tour was so packed that there wasn’t a chance but next time for sure.

While Roscoe Dash and his crew were in Japan I was lucky enough to meet them.  While I’d heard how down-to-earth they were I had the chance to experience it firsthand when I struggled to park a 10 passenger van into a tiny parking spot on a Tokyo side street.  Without hesitation, Roscoe and his security Blaze graciously stepped in to park the car for me.  At the very end the group of bystanders that had collected nearby all clapped for us, they were as impressed at I was to see a foreigner whip a car into a Tokyo parking space.  I’m sure that someone has the whole experience recorded onto their iPhone.

For more photos from the Japan tour you can check here.

#np @Jlie ‘Champion’

Filmed in Tokyo, Japan

 

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