Hollis P. Monroe

Hollis P. Monroe

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Hollis P. Monroe
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Born a child of Hip Hop, Hollis P. Monroe explored every facet of the then developing culture. Starting out as a casual observer, he quickly became a contributor through break-dancing, djing, rhyming and tagging. Always searching for other artistic outlets, he found what would eventually lead to his true and final calling: beat making. During his high school years, Hollis was formally introduced to Prince via a friend's copy of "Sign O' The Times" and it changed his musical perspective forever. He became inspired to play his own self-taught chords and melodies along with the samples he used in his Hip Hop productions. From that point on, Hollis consumed a strict diet of Hip Hop and Prince and expelled a weird hybrid music which became the foundation for everything he does musically today.
In college, Hollis was reintroduced to electronic music (which he vaguely remembered from his break-dancing days) and began experimenting with a formula to combine the mechanics of electronica with the organics of his style. Aided by his friend, musical counterpart, and business partner Kyle Odum, they started a demo production company called Renaissance Infinity Recordings which eventually evolved into a small record label. On this label, they would release their own tracks to gain exposure and make an attempt at music as a career. Renaissance Infinity's release of "The Stupid Def EP" marked a turning point where lifelong dreams of success seemed to be within reach. Recorded under his early turntablist pseudonym, DJ Decent, it was Hollis's tribute to his B-boy beginnings. This very diverse collection of breakbeat-laced tracks received very favorable reviews from magazines such as XLR8R, Urb, and DJ. It also received high acclaim from individuals including Keoki and Alex Gifford (from the Propellerheads) who listed "Reflex Speed" in his top nine all-time favorite records on the internet magazine Ultra. This particular track from the EP, is frequently noted as a standout on DJ Icey's mix CD "The Funky Breaks" to which it was licensed. Avoiding the typical pigeon hole effect, "R.I." followed "Stupid Def" with a deep house-influenced track called "I'm Lonely". Completed in approximately three hours, this was the unexpected result of Hollis's mood during a solo recording session at home. Only available as a promo with no credit given or taken, it was destined to become an underground classic. Judged only on the merits of Hollis's chords, melody, bassline and use of a vocal sample by Terence Trent D'Arby, it was quickly added to the charts and playlists of many notables such as DJ Sneak, Kenny Dixon Jr., and Manny Ward to name a few. Eventually, it's underproduced yet mysteriously complete sound reached the ears of Stickman Records, who licensed it and immediately used their resources to take things to the next level.... The end result: licensing to an unheard of 7 labels around the world, 11 remixes, over 60 appearances on CD compilations, a video, and recognition as an instant classic.
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Hollis P. Monroe Discography

Singles & EPs

Stik 049 Hollis P. Monroe I'm Lonely (Single, Maxi) Stickman Records Stik 049 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
FIJI005-6 Hollis Monroe* Every Night EP (EP) Fiji Recordings FIJI005-6 US 2000 Sell This Version
STIK 071 Hollis P. Monroe We'll Be Together(12") Stickman Records STIK 071 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
352PR002X Hollis P. Monroe Dance The Night Away 352 Recordings Ltd. 352PR002X UK 2002 Sell This Version
WES 1019-1 Hollis P. Monroe Feat. Christa Hollis P. Monroe Feat. Christa - The Heat West End Records WES 1019-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
DCP 015 Hollis P. Monroe / Ruoho Ruotsi Hollis P. Monroe / Ruoho Ruotsi - Black Rhapsody(12") De'fchild Productions DCP 015 US 2009 Sell This Version
NMB041 Hollis P Monroe* Ft Overnite (3) Hollis P Monroe* Ft Overnite (3) - If You Have A Doubt Noir Music NMB041 Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
NAU 1 Hollis P Monroe* & Overnite (3) / Kenny Leaven Hollis P Monroe* & Overnite (3) / Kenny Leaven - If I'm Alive / Rocket Nau (3) NAU 1 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
UY070X KiNK & Sierra Sam Feat. Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite (3) KiNK & Sierra Sam Feat. Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite (3) - My Space Upon.You UY070X Germany 2013 Sell This Version
# 108, CPT 433-1 The Black 80s* Go Home / Nothing Better(12") Compost Black Label, Compost Records # 108, CPT 433-1 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
NMB054B Marc DePulse Ft Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite (3) Marc DePulse Ft Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite (3) - No Need To Worry (Part 1) Noir Music NMB054B Germany 2014 Sell This Version
RIV-005 Hollis P. Monroe I Go To Bed Early / Heart Wrapped In Plastic(12", Promo) Renaissance Infinity Recordings RIV-005 US Unknown Sell This Version

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