Born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) was an unfocused pupil of classical piano. However, she has come to use this background to create vast textural soundscapes by utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty vinyl. Through the creation of beats, she is able to fuse vintage sounds with progressive styles into something unique.
Lee's work as TOKiMONSTA gained widespread recognition from the very start: her 2010 debut album, Midnight Menu, saw release on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint and cemented her reputation as a formidable presence of the then emerging West Coast beat scene. 2011's Brainfeeder release Creature Dreams EP expanded on Midnight Menu's palette with successful forays into vocal-led cuts thanks to the presence of regular collaborator Gavin Turek; the 2013 LP and Ultra Music debut Half Shadows found Lee exploring darker shades of her sound with guests such as Kool Keith and MNDR in tow.
After this monumental year, TOKiMONSTA is now being recognized for her critically-acclaimed release, Lune Rouge, which has officially been nominated by the Recording Academy for a Grammy Award as 2019's Electronic Album of the Year. The nomination is not just an accolade but an astounding achievement for TOKiMONSTA, since she's not only the first Asian American producer to ever get nominated in the Grammy Electronic category but the first woman to do so. TOKiMONSTA continues to deftly remain between the tastemaker and dance world with each release pushing boundaries and in turn leading to a phenomenal career as one of the top producers in the world. Proving that Lee is well on her way to becoming a household name and is finally getting the recognition she very well deserves.