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  • Ghost-Note Announces New Tour Dates with MonoNeon

    Ghost-Note Announces New Tour Dates with MonoNeon

    Ghost-Note has announced a new North American tour in support of their latest album, Swagism. Formed by Snarky Puppy percussionists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, the band will be filled out by a killer cast including keyboardists Xavier Taplin and Vaughn “V-Keys” Henry, guitarist Peter Knudsen, saxophonist Jonathan Mones, and bass wizard Dywane “MonoNeon”... »

  • MonoNeon Releases New EP for 2017

    MonoNeon Releases New EP for 2017

    Experimental bassist MonoNeon is starting 2017 off with a brand new EP entitled Seflie Quickie 2wooo. The 6-song album is described as “avant-garde funk and hip-hop [that gives] you a sonic glimpse inside MonoNeon’s surrealism brain.” MonoNeon was the last bass player to work with the superstar Prince, and as such you can hear the... »

  • Prince’s Bassists: Musicology

    Prince’s Bassists: Musicology

    Last month, musicians from throughout Prince’s career came together for an official tribute concert in Minneapolis. The star studded event was anchored by five of the Purple One’s bass colleagues: Sonny T from New Power Generation, Ida Nielsen from NPG/3rdEyeGirl, Andrew Gouche from NPG, Josh Dunham from NPG, and MonoNeon. In a beautiful moment, all... »

  • MonoNeon on Playing with Prince

    MonoNeon on Playing with Prince

    When Prince died on April 21st, the world lost another legend. The Purple One touched so many lives through his music that he was more than a musician; he was a cultural icon. Besides being a world-class bassist himself, Prince always kept top-notch low-enders by his side. Rhonda Smith, Mark Brown, André Cymone, Larry Graham,... »

  • MonoNeon Releases Five-Song EP

    MonoNeon Releases Five-Song EP

    The name of the latest release of short pieces from bassist/experimental musician MonoNeon (Prince, Ne-Yo), a.k.a. Dywane Thomas Jr. kind of says it all: Selfie Quickie. Three of the five songs on the EP clock in at less than two minutes, while the remaining songs run no longer than 2:55 and 3:11, respectively. Selfie Quickie... »

  • MonoNeon on Preparing for Prince

    MonoNeon on Preparing for Prince

    If you’ve been reading No Treble for a while, you’ll recognize MonoNeon. The singular musician pushes the boundaries of his art with a manifesto that includes wearing high-visibility clothing with polychromatic color schemes, and his bass playing will leave your jaw on the floor. MonoNeon, aka Dywane Thomas Jr., has been working with another outspoken... »

  • MonoNeon: Donyea’s Slo-Soul Arrangement of James Brown’s “I Feel Good”

    MonoNeon: Donyea’s Slo-Soul Arrangement of James Brown’s “I Feel Good”

    YouTube brings out a lot of collaboration and inspiration in people. Here’s an awesome video by Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas adding his own flourishes to producer Donyea Goodman’s arrangement of “I Feel Good” by James Brown. It’s a totally different groove from the original and brings a new flavor to the song. »

  • MonoNeon Releases “Southern Visionary”

    MonoNeon Releases “Southern Visionary”

    Forward-thinking bassist MonoNeon is kicking off 2013 with a new album called Southern Visionary, available on BandCamp. The effort blends the composer’s unique interests of southern soul and microtonal music to create a completely unique sound. “On this album I’m presenting my minimalistic idea of ‘microtonal-southern soul’ with compositions, ‘Micro-Johnnay Taylor’ and ‘Micro-Staple Sangus’,” MonoNeon... »

  • Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. Releases Down-to-Earth Art

    Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. Releases Down-to-Earth Art

    Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. has released Down-to-Earth-Art, the bassist’s new album featuring his unique blend of soul and avant garde. The six-track collection includes two that feature what he calls “microtonal-southern soul,” and while some of his music seems out of this world, Down-to-Earth Art is named so for its concept. “The reason this album... »

  • Dywane Thomas Jr. Releases “Aleatorick and Indeterminacy”

    Bassist Dywane Thomas Jr. has released his second solo album, Aleatorick and Indeterminacy. The CD includes six original compositions, performed by Dywane on bass and piano. The compositions are influenced by John Cage, avant-garde/experimental music and structured improvisation. Dywane also played on GospelChops Bass Sessionz Vol. 1 DVD with Hadrien Feraud, Janek Giwzdala, Damian Erskine... »