Jonti

Jonti

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandEDMPop

Championed by the Likes of Mark Ronson, Gotye and Questlove. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonti leads Australia's new wave of experimental electronic pop. Creating mini beat symphonies with harmonic vocals, Signed to the illustrious Stones Throw Records, get ready for Jonti's Tokorats in 2014

Biography

"When I think of how to write about Jonti's music, I don't feel like writing at all. I feel like drawing a picture, with watercolors and maybe crayon - colorful, abstract, youthfully curious and open to interpretation. Maybe then I'd staple, glue or nail some found objects to it, recontextualizing their intended purpose into something strange and beautiful." - Jeremy Sole (Radio Host, KCRW)

“Incredibly original, really unusual and one of the most interesting things I heard in a while.” Mark Ronson

“Jonti definitely has his own style, which makes working with him very exciting, He's a real great musician" Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes)

“I understand the pop references because his music is so catchy, but the arrangements blew me away. I couldn’t figure out how the hell he did what he did. That he did it all on his own at such an early age kinda scared me. I knew right away I needed to add him to the roster.” Peanut Butter Wolf

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and vocalist, Jonti, began assembling music after his departure from South Africa to Australia. Spending countless hours studying records like they were books, processing each song, this became Jonti's music school, testing his theories on a 4-track recorder.

Jonti has recorded with Mark Ronson, Santigold, Odd Future, Sean Lennon and the Dap-Kings. For Jonti’s debut album, released in 2011 on Stones Throw, he went the opposite route, doing everything himself, start to finish. The album was Twirligig. Twirligig draws inspiration from many of Jonti's favorite artists: Madlib, Stereolab, Free Design and The Beach Boys. But Twirligig's main inspiration came from cartoonist/ filmmaker Norman Mclaren. Jonti explains, "His films are complex, but they're still fun. You can feel his enthusiasm for techniques and experimentation. I try make simple pop songs with that same enthusiasm." He followed up Twirligig with "Sine and Moon", which originally started out as a podcast of rarities that got so much demand for the actual songs to be released, that he decided to turn it into a full fledged release that he decided to give away to his fans.

Ending 2012 in a huge way supporting 2012's breakout world megastar Gotye on his massive North American and European tour, Jonti has been kept himself really busy in 2013, while getting ready to welcome everyone into the world of his Tokorats.

After a run of shows with the likes of Four Tet, Action Bronson, James Blake and Toro Y Moi, Jonti began working on a number of projects, including collaborations with Australian music royalty Gotye, Daniel Johns (Silverchair) and the much anticipated sophomore album from The Avalanches. While working on his tracks for The Avalanches, Jonti got so inspired that brought together 9 of his closest musical friends from his Astral People collective and set about recreating The Avalanches seminal album "Since I Left You", which was debuted at Sydney's OutsideIn Festival to rave reviews and huge demand to take the "Since I Left You" project on the road.

Fresh off "Since I left You", Adidas enlisted Jonti to lead their "Unite All Originals" getting him to team up with Australian indie-pop duo Big Scary to create the brand new track "Slumming it in Paradise", which is currently floating round the airwaves of Australia as welcomes in their summer.

Currently locked away in his studio, working away on his sophomore album "Tokorats", get ready for 2014 to be the year of the Tokorat.

Discography

Firework Spraying Moon 7 inch - August 2011 - Stones Throw Records

Twirligig LP - October 2011 - Stones Throw Records

Sine and Moon LP - May 2012 - Stones Throw Records.

Saturday Night - November 2012 - Stones Throw Records

Christmas Worm - December 2012 - Stones Throw Records

Slumming it in Paradise featuring Big Scary - September 2013 - Barsuk