Jennifer Lee (born January 26, 1988), known professionally as Tokimonsta (stylized as TOKiMONSTA), is an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles.[3] She has collaborated with Anderson .Paak, Isaiah Rashad,[4] Selah Sue,[5] and ZHU. She has also remixed tracks by Beck,[6] Duran Duran,[7] Olafur Arnalds[8] and Odesza.[9] In 2019, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance / Electronic Album for the album Lune Rouge.[10]

Tokimonsta (top) performing at Coachella 2016 with Anderson .Paak
Tokimonsta (top) performing at Coachella 2016 with Anderson .Paak
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Lee
BornLos Angeles, California, US
  • Record producer
  • DJ
Years active2008–present
Associated actsFlying Lotus, Zhu, Gavin Turek, Anderson .Paak

Early lifeEdit

Jennifer Lee grew up in Torrance, California.[11] She is of Korean descent.[3] She was parented mostly by her mother.  Her mother owned a small business. As a child Lee had her own choice in activities and played with friends, watched the television and other self-directed pastimes. [12]

Lee graduated from University of California, Irvine[13] with a degree in business and later worked for a video game producer.[14][15]

Lee was classically trained as a pianist. She first started working on electronic music while in college, when she participated in workshops by Leimert Park's Project Blowed and Low End Theory.[15]


Lee was invited to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010.[16] She was the first woman to sign to Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label and released her first album, Midnight Menu, in November 2010 on Brainfeeder.[17] She was rated the number one Hottest Los Angeles Lady DJ by LA Weekly in December 2010.[18] She released the EP Creature Dreams, also on Brainfeeder, in 2011.[19] The next year, she released Boom, an 11-track collaborative project with Suzi Analogue as Analogue Monsta.[20]

In 2013, her second album, Half Shadows, was released on Ultra Records.[21] In 2014, she released Desiderium on her own Young Art Records.[22] She returned to the Red Bull Music Academy that same year as an alumni lecturer.[23] She produced Gavin Turek's You're Invited in 2015 on Young Art Records.[24] On September 9, 2015, she announced on Twitter the release of her solo album Fovere and she will be out on tour in support of her new album starting November 9, 2015.[25]

She is profiled in the 2020 documentary film Underplayed.[26]


The name Tokimonsta originates from the Korean word for rabbit (tokki), which she took from a Korean's children's song, "San Toki".[27][28]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease in late 2015. After undergoing two brain surgeries, she briefly lost language and comprehension skills. Once these were regained, Lee eventually began work on her 2017 album Lune Rouge, despite not being able to fully understand music. She has noted that this album was her most personal piece of work due to the difficulties she experienced prior to making it.[29]

She discusses surmounting these challenges in Vox's Netflix series, Explained (season 1, episode 20)[30] and the Great Big Story miniseries Soundwave.[31]



  • Midnight Menu (2010)
  • Half Shadows (2013)
  • Desiderium (2014)
  • Fovere (2016)
  • Lune Rouge (2017)
  • Lune Rouge (Remixed) (2018)[32]
  • Oasis Nocturno (2020)
  • Oasis Nocturno (Remixed) (2020)
  • Oasis Nocturno (Instrumentals) (2020)

Extended playsEdit

  • Bedtime Lullabies (2008)
  • Cosmic Intoxication (2010)
  • Creature Dreams (2011)
  • Los Angeles 8/10 (2011) (with Mike Gao)
  • Boom (2012) (with Suzi Analogue, as Analogue Monsta)
  • You're Invited (2015) (with Gavin Turek)
  • Come And Go Remixed (2020)
  • Get Me Some Remixed (2020)


  • "USD / Free Dem" (2010) (with Blue Daisy)
  • "Mileena's Theme" (2011) (for Mortal Kombat)
  • "Darkest (Dim)" (2012) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Go With It" (2013) (with MNDR)
  • "The Force" (2013) (with Kool Keith)
  • "The World Is Ours" (2014)
  • "Realla" (2014) (with Anderson Paak)
  • "Steal My Attention" (2014)
  • "Drive" (2014) (with Arama)
  • "Pinching" (2014) (with Iza Lach)
  • "Saw Sydney (Pharrell 'That Girl' Flip)" (2015)
  • "Hemisphere" (2015) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Surrender" (2015) (with Gavin Turek)
  • "Put It Down" (2015) (with Anderson .Paak)
  • "Don't Call Me" (2017) (feat. Yuna)
  • "We Love" (2017) (featuring MNDR)
  • "I Wish I Could" (2018) (featuring Selah Sue)
  • "Strange Foot" (2019) (featuring Ambré)[33]
  • "Dream Chorus" (2019)[34]
  • "Love That Never" (2019)[35]
  • "Fried For the Night" (2020) (featuring EarthGang)[36]
  • "One Day" (2020) (featuring Bibi and Jean Deaux)[37]



  1. ^ Li, Christina (June 28, 2012). "L.A. Beatmaker TOKiMONSTA: "People Think I'm Some Cutesy Anime Princess"". SF Weekly.
  2. ^ Wunsch, Jessica (April 9, 2013). "Exclusive: TOKiMONSTA Talks Keeping Up With Boys Before Half Shadows Album Release Party". Vibe.
  3. ^ a b Kakaire, Christine (September 28, 2010). "RA: Breaking through: Tokimonsta - Interview". Resident Advisor.
  4. ^ "TOKiMONSTA, Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp, and Ambré Team for New Song "No Way": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  5. ^ "TOKiMONSTA's 'I Wish I Could' Video Will Have You in Tears: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^ "Beck – "Wow (TOKiMONSTA Remix)"". Stereogum. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  7. ^ "TOKiMONSTA Shares Duran Duran Remix of "Last Night in the City"". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  8. ^ "Premiere: Ólafur Arnalds ~ they sink (TOKiMONSTA remix)". GoldFlakePaint. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  9. ^ "ODESZA - Falls feat. Sasha Sloan (TOKiMONSTA Remix)". Dancing Astronaut. 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  10. ^ "Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA". 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ Benson, Kristin (May 25, 2011). "Tokimonsta: Draw From The Opposites". L.A. Record.
  12. ^ "TOKiMONSTA makes story-telling beats. Her own story includes beating a life-threatening disease". The FADER. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  13. ^ Bain, Katie (April 4, 2013). "Tokimonsta Leaves the Nest". Los Angeles Weekly.
  14. ^ Cliff, Aimee. "Five things you should know about TOKiMONSTA". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
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  19. ^ Diver, Mike (May 18, 2011). "BBC - Music - Review of TOKiMONSTA - Creature Dreams". BBC Music.
  20. ^ Martin, Andrew (July 25, 2012). "Album Premiere: Analogue Monsta "Boom"". Complex.
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  24. ^ "Listen to TOKiMONSTA and Gavin Turek's Slick Mini LP 'You're Invited'". Vice. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
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  26. ^ Alisha Mughal, "TIFF Review: 'Underplayed' Highlights EDM's Diversity Problem — and Shows Why It's So Important to Fix It". Exclaim!, September 16, 2020.
  27. ^ "TOKiMONSTA on Instagram: "The "toki" part of my name is based on a Korean children's song called "San Toki"—which means "mountain rabbit." I commemorated this song…"". Instagram.
  28. ^ "Quick catch-up: TOKiMONSTA". Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  29. ^ Geffen, Sasha (September 12, 2017). "TOKiMONSTA Lost Speaking and Musical Abilities After Brain Surgery. This Is How She Regained Them". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 16, 2018. That’s not to say that this is a happy album, but the whole process of creating it was very cathartic for me. It’s my most personal piece of work.
  30. ^ "Tokimonsta reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox's Netflix series, explained". Dancing Astronaut. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  31. ^ "Losing And Finding Music After Brain Surgery". Great Big Story. 2019-02-07. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  32. ^ "TOKiMONSTA - Lune Rouge Remixed, by Young Art Records". Young Art Records. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  33. ^ Bein, Kat (March 1, 2019). "TOKiMONSTA recruits Ambré for the chill 'Strange Froot': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 19, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  34. ^ "Dream Chorus by TOKiMONSTA on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  35. ^ Corcoran, Nina (December 7, 2019). "TOKiMONSTA shares new single "Love That Never": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on December 7, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  36. ^ Whyte, Devin (16 January 2020). "Tokimonsta and Earthgang Collaborate on "Fried For The Night"". Mixmag. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  37. ^ Bein, Kat (February 21, 2020). "Tokimonsta, Bibi & Jean Deaux's 'One Day' honors the fighter in all of us with stunning video". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 27, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  38. ^ Middleton, Ryan (2018-10-25). "Moby, Tokimonsta, DJ Tennis, DJ Seinfeld contributing to George Fitzgerald 'All that Must Be' remix album". Magnetic Mag. Archived from the original on 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
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