De Monk makes statement in new release
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.”
Timothy De Monk’s new release is about succeeding despite adversity.