Soundwave: TOKiMONSTA (2019)

When Jennifer Lee was diagnosed with a rare brain condition called moyamoya, her main concern was simply staying alive. Little did she know that after two successful back-to-back brain surgeries, the recovery process would leave her unable to hear the one thing that mattered most to her: music. Jen, better known as electronic producer TOKiMONSTA, had gotten her start in music in the LA beat-making scene, influenced by West Cost hip-hop, and helping to create a genre of electronic music all its own.

In this first episode of Great Big Story’s Soundwave, TOKiMONSTA takes us through how she put together the song Rose’s Thorn off her Grammy-nominated album Lune Rouge, and explains the difficult journey that gave her a new philosophy for life.

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