MONKEY MARC

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Straight from the vaults of his solar-powered studio comes Melbourne-based producer Monkey Marc, writing sonically rugged, politically charged beats by day, and playing them on his solar rig, DIY Hi Fi Sound System, by night.

His production ranges from instrumental hip hop to dub-infused bass music and reggae, influenced by an eclectic mix of world music and boom bap style hip hop beats.

As well as being known as the mastermind behind political hip hop punks Combat Wombat, he has released a debut solo album As the Market Crashed (Omelette Records 2009), follow-up EP Monkey Marc vs The Planet Smashers (Jahtari 2013), and dystopian bass manifesto Bullets Over Babylon (Renegade Masters 2015) featuring UK powerhouse Soom T.

Monkey Marc’s passion for music and social change has also taken him far across the Australian outback. For over 15 years, he has run music workshops with indigenous youth and elders in more than 30 communities around Australia, using hip hop, reggae and rock music and music videos as an outlet for creativity in these remote communities.

Monkey Marc has produced for and mentored indigenous bands including hip hop groups Desert Sevenz and E-Town Boyz. He has recorded in makeshift studios set up in old toilet blocks, abandoned youth centres, lounge rooms of motels and even on remote beaches with crocodiles. Recent releases include compilations by Barkly Desert Culture and Red Sand Culture. Monkey currently spends up to six months of the year running workshops in remote Aboriginal communities.

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3 years of working out in central Australia with the Barkly Desert Culture program has officially come to an end. What an amazing and epic journey. 
Working alongside @beatrice_musique and Sean Spencer through the Barkly Regional Council's Youth Diversion music and multimedia program, I was lucky enough to train, mentor and motivate young fellas from communities across the Barkly desert, including Elliott, Ampilatwatja, Epenara, Ali Curung, Marlinja and Utopia. 
We made some of the desert’s finest hip hop, with the Desert Sevenz, E Town Boyz, Hill Boyz and the Desert Hip Hop super crew. 
We played in many remote indigenous communities and at festivals across Australia including @wos_fest Wide Open Space, Bush Bands Bash, the Sandtracks tour across remote communities in South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory, and the Nannup festival in Western Australia, when some of our young fellas from the desert saw the ocean for the first time in their lives. We watched them inspire young indigenous kids across the desert, and saw kids singing along word for word with the fellas at their shows. 
We also built a recording studio out in Ali Curung, and trained and hired 2 local youths to run it. 
Working with me, Beatrice and a few other mentors, these young people created countless tracks and many music videos over the past three years, as well as 3 albums: Desert Hip Hop, Kardajala Kirridarra (“Sandhill Women”) and the Barkly Desert Cultures compilation. I had the pleasure of co-producing and mixing Kardajala Kirridarra, a beautiful album from the talented ladies from Marlinja and Elliott.

Most of the music is available for free via our Bandcamp site and all of our videos are up on the Barkly Desert Culture Youtube channel.

Barkly Desert Culture also won a national award for community engagement in the arts from the National Awards for Local Government.

I’m very proud of what was accomplished over the last 3 years on this project and am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to have affected these peoples lives as they have mine.

I’ll miss you mob!

Take care and hope to see you all on the road somewhere soon.

Monkey Marc
3 years of working out in central Australia with the Barkly Desert Culture program has officially come to an end. What an amazing and epic journey. Working alongside @beatrice_musique and Sean Spencer through the Barkly Regional Council's Youth Diversion music and multimedia program, I was lucky enough to train, mentor and motivate young fellas from communities across the Barkly desert, including Elliott, Ampilatwatja, Epenara, Ali Curung, Marlinja and Utopia. We made some of the desert’s finest hip hop, with the Desert Sevenz, E Town Boyz, Hill Boyz and the Desert Hip Hop super crew. We played in many remote indigenous communities and at festivals across Australia including @wos_fest Wide Open Space, Bush Bands Bash, the Sandtracks tour across remote communities in South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory, and the Nannup festival in Western Australia, when some of our young fellas from the desert saw the ocean for the first time in their lives. We watched them inspire young indigenous kids across the desert, and saw kids singing along word for word with the fellas at their shows. We also built a recording studio out in Ali Curung, and trained and hired 2 local youths to run it. Working with me, Beatrice and a few other mentors, these young people created countless tracks and many music videos over the past three years, as well as 3 albums: Desert Hip Hop, Kardajala Kirridarra (“Sandhill Women”) and the Barkly Desert Cultures compilation. I had the pleasure of co-producing and mixing Kardajala Kirridarra, a beautiful album from the talented ladies from Marlinja and Elliott. Most of the music is available for free via our Bandcamp site and all of our videos are up on the Barkly Desert Culture Youtube channel. Barkly Desert Culture also won a national award for community engagement in the arts from the National Awards for Local Government. I’m very proud of what was accomplished over the last 3 years on this project and am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to have affected these peoples lives as they have mine. I’ll miss you mob! Take care and hope to see you all on the road somewhere soon. Monkey Marc