De Monk makes state­ment in new re­lease

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

TI­MOTHY De Monk is no stranger to top­ping the lo­cal mu­sic pop charts. He spent 18 weeks in the 5FM top 10 for his first sin­gle and eight weeks in the num­ber one slot with his sec­ond sin­gle.

Now the young mu­si­cian re­turns with his lat­est re­lease, No Stress Mo­ment, which is about suc­ceed­ing in the face of ad­ver­sity no mat­ter how much stress comes his way.

“I truly be­lieve that No Stress Mo­ment is go­ing to be my big­gest hit yet, so my big dream for this year is that peo­ple will get to know the name Ti­mothy De Monk and link it to my mu­sic when they hear it on ra­dio,” he said.

The 20-year-old mu­si­cian de­scribed his mu­sic as a mix­ture of RnB, pop and a bit of techno. He said his songs are con­cep­tu­alised from his ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Mu­sic to me is an out­let and my way of ex­press­ing my­self when words or ac­tions fail me.”

Late last year, De Monk de­cided to be­come an in­de­pen­dent artist af­ter hav­ing been signed to the David Gre­sham En­ter­tain­ment Group.

“Be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent has been a lot bet­ter for me in terms of my growth as an artist. Per­haps a lit­tle stress­ful in the be­gin­ning, but with a re­li­able team and strong sup­port be­hind me I can ex­press my­self more freely than be­fore,” he said.

He added: “With my pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, I was told how my mu­sic should sound and what im­age I should project.”

De Monk was raised on a wine farm in Stel­len­bosch, but now lives in Pinelands. He dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for mu­sic in 2014 when he learnt to play the gui­tar and could not put it down.

“We were at a fam­ily gath­er­ing and my cousin was play­ing gui­tar and sing­ing. I thought that it would be so in­cred­i­ble if I was able to do that too. He then asked me if I would like to play the gui­tar and I re­ceived my first les­son on that day.”

His turn­ing point came at a guest spot per­for­mance at the Oc­to­pus Gar­den restau­rant in Muizen­berg where he was spot­ted by mu­sic pro­ducer, Jahn Beukes. He was booked into the record­ing stu­dio soon af­ter.

He recorded his de­but EP, Hazy Days, which his mother sent to sev­eral record la­bels be­fore it was re­leased in De­cem­ber 2015.

Some of De Monk’s mu­si­cal in­flu­ences in­clude Quin XCII, Black­bear, Ed Sheeran and Post Malone. “I al­ready have my golden cir­cle ticket for the Ed Sheeran con­cert. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing him per­form live.”

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Ti­mothy De Monk’s new re­lease is about suc­ceed­ing de­spite ad­ver­sity.

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