Monotronic is a collection of NYC-based musicians that blend an array of genres and styles together to create a unique dance/electronic sound of their own. The group was formed by guitarist/anthropologist Ramsey Elkholy in 2016. The group also features Adam Ahuja on keys and vocals, Devin Collins on drums and live electronics, and Alex Hayes on bass guitar and vocals. Creating what they say is best described as “a mix of electronic with strong world influences,” Monotronic is a music experience you won’t want to miss out on. Make sure to look for their most recent project, “In Your Head.”
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
Dropping acid and seeing the Grateful Dead initially... and then traveling around SE Asia and India and studying Indian music in Calcutta.. had a big impact.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Playing Nectar's in Burlington last year. A set of giant woofers under the stage caused the stage to rumble so much that we were literally "vibrating" to the low frequency sound waves the entire set!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Working on and (nearly) completing this upcoming debut album. I feel good about all the songs, they represent a kind of transformation from our more improvisational roots to a more structured approach. The music is now a bit more accessible to wider audiences. Looking forward to this next chapter and seeing where that takes us!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Occasionally I stumble across a melody, riff, or rhythmic pattern I like while listening to world music or obscure EDM. I have also taken a more raga based approach, playing a chord over and over through a delay to create a drone-like effect, which will often reveal interesting harmonic overtones that point me in a new direction. Our songs also arise out of improvisation, where we jam on a theme long enough until it takes on a "song-like" form.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge I think is being noticed. But I believe this comes over time when an artist is putting out something truly unique. So I guess the challenge lies with the artist to produce something original that people will dig.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Too many to name, Papadosio is cool as far as "jambands" go, but in terms of sharing a stage, I would love to play with Phil Lesh and those guys (to be Jerry for a day, lol). Steve Kimock is great..s of great music out there!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Lots of kicking and screaming, lol. Our rehearsals are actually pretty focused and productive. That's the beauty of playing music in NYC, everything is done at a very high level here.
What's coming up in the future?
Working on some more new music, as well as an East Coast tour to follow this upcoming album.
Check out the group in action in their youtube video!
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