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.

MONKEY MARC INSTAGRAM

So .. Last night this happened. I won an award. My first ever. Best Reggae & Dancehall Act from the @musicvictoria awards. It was a complete surprise to me.

I seriously am humbled by the award and equally humbled by the fact that I live in such a musically rich creative city full of so much talent. Melbourne has always had some sort of musical magic to it. Its just one of those things that I’m blessed to be a part of.

This is also the first time that reggae and dancehall was its own category for these awards and Im proud to have been selected to represent such a great community in Melbourne. To all you sound systems and DJs and MCs out there, this one’s for you. Your support and musical inspiration has been amazing.

I also have to do a massive shoutout to my secret weapon 101 @kim.suree for being so incredibly committed on all my musical frontiers and doing the hard work in the background

i.e building the business side of things, fundraising, building and maintaining relationships with all our artists, our Jamaican production team, media, radio, bookers etc, her crazy creative vision with music videos etc etc. She works hard hard hard!! I am extremely lucky.

Now my next mission is to actually make money out of my music. I have to say that even with all the success of my recent releases over the past 2 years, I still haven’t seen a profit in that whole time. We live in a difficult musical time and trying to make an honest living out of releasing music is very hard indeed.

Hopefully if we stick with this mad plan tho, the tides should turn and believe be when they do, the drinks are on me 😉 Big love to you Melbourne City!

PS Come celebrate with me!! This Saturday I’ll be playing alongside a killer line up at a special @melbournemusicweek edition of Homebass. 
I’ll be DJing some new bass heavy future dancehall and bass heavy dubs and some special edition monkey secrets. Come join me for the bass odyssey. 
Link in bio. Strictly limited to 100 tix and no artist plus ones so sorry I can’t sneak you in ;)
So .. Last night this happened. I won an award. My first ever. Best Reggae & Dancehall Act from the @musicvictoria awards. It was a complete surprise to me. I seriously am humbled by the award and equally humbled by the fact that I live in such a musically rich creative city full of so much talent. Melbourne has always had some sort of musical magic to it. Its just one of those things that I’m blessed to be a part of. This is also the first time that reggae and dancehall was its own category for these awards and Im proud to have been selected to represent such a great community in Melbourne. To all you sound systems and DJs and MCs out there, this one’s for you. Your support and musical inspiration has been amazing. I also have to do a massive shoutout to my secret weapon 101 @kim.suree for being so incredibly committed on all my musical frontiers and doing the hard work in the background i.e building the business side of things, fundraising, building and maintaining relationships with all our artists, our Jamaican production team, media, radio, bookers etc, her crazy creative vision with music videos etc etc. She works hard hard hard!! I am extremely lucky. Now my next mission is to actually make money out of my music. I have to say that even with all the success of my recent releases over the past 2 years, I still haven’t seen a profit in that whole time. We live in a difficult musical time and trying to make an honest living out of releasing music is very hard indeed. Hopefully if we stick with this mad plan tho, the tides should turn and believe be when they do, the drinks are on me 😉 Big love to you Melbourne City! PS Come celebrate with me!! This Saturday I’ll be playing alongside a killer line up at a special @melbournemusicweek edition of Homebass. I’ll be DJing some new bass heavy future dancehall and bass heavy dubs and some special edition monkey secrets. Come join me for the bass odyssey. Link in bio. Strictly limited to 100 tix and no artist plus ones so sorry I can’t sneak you in 😉