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MonoNeon: What A Beautiful Name
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MonoNeon: What A Beautiful Name

My friend Darryl Anders shared this on Facebook yesterday saying, “This is my favorite video by Dywane MonoNeon Thomas Jr. Mad skills. Great voices too.” This one knocked me out too.

MonoNeon Releases New Album, “I Don’t Care Today”
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MonoNeon Releases New Album, “I Don’t Care Today”

Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. has just dropped a new album called I Don’t Care Today (Angels & Demons in Lo-Fi). The former Prince collaborator utilizes his genre-bending style to create what he calls his most intimate work yet. “‘I Don’t Care Today’ is a push and pull between the flesh and the spirit. MonoNeon creates a soundtrack about his existential...

MonoNeon Returns with “A Place Called Fantasy”
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MonoNeon Returns with “A Place Called Fantasy”

The supremely funky and delightfully avant-garde MonoNeon has returned with a brand new album entitled A Place Called Fantasy. The 11-song record features the artist on multiple instruments, including his unbelievable grooves on the bass. “The album is weird, Lo-Fi, funny, raunchy, minimalistic, lackadaisical, and introspective,” a press release explains. “Even with all the strange things that are happening throughout...

MonoNeon: Miles Beyond, Live
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MonoNeon: Miles Beyond, Live

MonoNeon’s playing never ceases to amaze me, and this clip of him covering a Mahavishnu Orchestra song is why. The bassist grooves hard on the song “Miles Beyond” in this video from a concert in Memphis, Tennessee. As always, MonoNeon puts his own spin on it with an incredible solo. Keyboardist Lance Lucas and drummer Anthony Knox help to provide...

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Live with MonoNeon
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Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Live with MonoNeon

Over the years, we’ve shared videos by Jonathan Scales Fourchestra featuring some stellar bassists. Here’s another to add to the list. MonoNeon joined the band for their performance in Asheville, NC on October 20th, 2016. Thanks to videographer Barry2theB, we have some of the footage of that show.

MonoNeon Releases New EP for 2017
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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 Purple One’s influence on “It’s...

Prince’s Bassists: Musicology
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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 five bassists performed together on...

Ghost-Note: Can’t Get Right
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Ghost-Note: Can’t Get Right

Drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and percussionist Nate Werth are already in a killer band (Snarky Puppy). Seems like that isn’t enough for them, so they created another – Ghost-Note. For Ghost-Note, Searight and Werth teamed up with bassist MonoNeon, second drummer Alvin Ford Jr., xylosynth player Nick Werth and saxophonist/flautist Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II. Here’s the band performing “Can’t Get...

Funk-Minimalist MonoNeon Releases Two New Songs
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Funk-Minimalist MonoNeon Releases Two New Songs

Bass phenom MonoNeon has dropped two new original songs on Bandcamp. “Strawberry Fields” and “Love Game Ain’t Free” showcase the bassist’s signature funk-minimalism and low fidelity composition/production style. He played all the instruments and even sang the lyrics. “For some reason the inspiration for the new songs came from watching the classic 1976 film ‘Car Wash’ and having surrealistic feelings...

MonoNeon, Mr. Talkbox and John Blackwell: “Controversy” Prince Tribute
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MonoNeon, Mr. Talkbox and John Blackwell: “Controversy” Prince Tribute

Musicians around the world have been paying tribute to the Purple One since his untimely passing in April, and they have yielded some incredible moments. Here’s a great clip from a live Prince tribute hosted by Bootsy Collins that features Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, drummer John Blackwell from New Power Generation and bassist MonoNeon, who was one of the last...

MonoNeon on Playing with Prince
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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, Ida Nielsen, Andrew Gouché and...

Mr. Talkbox, MonoNeon and Vulfmon: Back Pocket
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Mr. Talkbox, MonoNeon and Vulfmon: Back Pocket

I love it when my favorite players collaborate, and this clip is a great example of why. First, Mr. Talkbox covered Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” and posted it online. Then the unbelievably talented Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. added his own distinct style to it. Finally, Vulfpeck’s own Jack Stratton took the video and added a bit of his own funky self...