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As TOKiMONSTA, Grammy-nominated producer Jennifer Lee has charted a fascinating career over the past decade.
She is one of the most revered music producers as a pioneer of the seminal 2010 era “L.A. Beat Scene,” but also as a world-class performer ranking as one of the top 100 DJs worldwide. From her 2010 debut album Midnight Menu to her most recent 2020 album Oasis Nocturno, her entire discography has drawn critical praise from NPR, BBC, LA Times, NY Times, DJ Mag, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork and more. As it stands, her list of collaborators include Anderson Paak, Earthgang, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yuna, Zhu, Bibi Bourelly, The Drums, Van Jess and more. She has gone on to remix artists such as Beck, Duran Duran, Portugal the Man, Maroon 5, Odesza, Ólafur Arnalds, and more.
2011’s Creature Dreams EP, released on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, expanded on Midnight Menu's palette with successful forays into vocal-led cuts thanks to the presence of regular collaborator Gavin Turek.
Following her second full-length album Half Shadows (Ultra Music 2013), TOKiMONSTA began putting out several projects on her own label Young Art Records. Mini-albums Desiderium (Young Art Records 2014) and FOVERE (Young Art Records 2016) both brought on featured artist Anderson. Paak and some of her most beloved songs to date.
At the end of 2015, her career temporarily came to a halt after being diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal brain disease known as Moyamoya. After undergoing two surgeries to
treat the illness, TOKiMONSTA was left with acute aphasia, meaning she could no longer verbally communicate. She soon discovered she had also lost the ability to comprehend the
thing most important to her, music. Through perseverance and healing, Lee’s cognitive and creative faculties returned. By Spring of 2016, she made a triumphant comeback with a jaw-dropping performance at Coachella. Her Moyamoya journey gained more wide-spread attention after starring in the season finale of the Vox-Netflix series Explained. The finale features live performance footage and interviews discussing Lee's recovery from Moyamoya.