So today is Munchi’s day, the fourth in line to shine as “THE ORIGINAL MOOMBAHTONISTA”!
For me, he is the Original Moombahtonista!
You should know the score by now:
-Brief Q & A with our Moombahtonista
-The almighty EXCLUSIVE!
All of this below is obviously subjective to my own experiences of watching Munchi grow from where he was at when he came to us in 2009, to where he is at now. Munchi’s own observations will obviously differ but this is not his life story but just a glimpse of his musical rise from my very own eyes.
Of course all of this is in BRIEF, I’ll do the full thing when Munchi starts becoming a bit more BANKABLE..Lolz….
So Munchi came to us, Generation Bass, I think, way back in or about September 2009. He just messaged us saying he had loads of stuff that he was making and would we be kind enough to check him out. So we did and initially he wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary but we could see he had skillz and potential.
We started blogging him in early 2010 but even back then we didn’t realize the fury this kid would unleash onto the world but we knew he had “something”.
He released some free Dubstep & Baltimore EP’s in 2009 and in early 2010 he released a scope of works ranging from Kuduro, Nu Cumbia , Baile Funk and then came Moombahton.
Sometime in 2010, I asked him to join our blog as a contributor, which he gladly accepted with great excitement. He has done and continues to do, a range of posts. Less so nowadays, but that’s understandable given his meteorotic rise to fame last year!
The first track that got me was his burialesque take on Dubstep with “Madre, No Llores”, unreleased at the time I heard it, but subsequently released on T&A in late 2010.
This track just resonated with me on a deep level cause it showed a different side to him. It displayed naked emotion, an honesty, a truth, a yearning and I loved that.
MADRE, NO LLORES
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Then came all of the Moombahton stuff and then we knew he was onto something special.
I call him the ORIGINAL MOOMBAHTONISTA because although Dave Nada invented the genre, Munchi showed us what we could do with it, he showed us it had a future beyond remixes/edits. He created the first truly original piece in the genre.
Without him, it is debatable Moombahton would be where it is now.
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He then teamed up with David Heartbreak. He had found his musical partner and also a hiding place. I think he found solace in Heartbreak, not just as a motivator and someone who inspired his thoughts as to the future possibilities that lay ahead of them, but also as someone he could hide behind to shy away from the publicity. I mean Heartbreak fits the bill at 6 4″!
Together they released their first free EP together and called it “Munkbreakton”.
This heralded 1 further major innovation and 1 further heartfelt track for me.
The further major innovation was the creation of Moombahsoul with “Aponte o Não”:
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Here’s what he said about it at the time:
If you know your Portuguese you already guessed it. Heartbreak sended me this crazy Moombahton concept with the Fugees ‘Ready or Not’ joint. When i heared it I was so inspired. It led me to hear that great remix of The Course again. I totally forgot about that track. So i added me in it and the subtile synths of The Course’s rmx and it seemed ment to be like this. It’s a smooth party track, something you can vibe to in the club while sippin on something. I see this as a example of a good Heartbreak & Munchi collabo. This time in a other type of vibe, which we love making aswell. A more subtile approach.
The further heartfelt and standout track for me was the Lil’ Wayne inspired “Soltero y Sin Compromiso”.
I lost count the number of times I played that track, it just melted me. It was sensitive, atmospheric, warm and again had a sense of longing to it. Man it was DeeeeeP! It’s as though it stated Munchi’s search for something higher, omnipotent and unattainable in this world, it was spiritual!
This track further reinforced to me that we were seeing the signs of something special developing in this kid.
This is what he said about the track at the time (it’s no longer on his soundcloud & I don’t know why):
Soltero y Sin Compromiso
I have to be honest. Don’t like Lil Wayne’s music as I did when I was a kid. But when he released the ‘Single’ joint I knew that that was my anthem right there. It wasn’t after a long time that I started to work on this track, i loved the ‘It’s all good’ vibe on this track and i didn’t wanna change it.
Not to say that it has a Ambient Dubstep vibe to it, but it was certainly influenced by that. Also with hiphop, because its a hiphop track obviously. Alot of bass aswell, because.. well I just love bass. I like to think this is something you can vibe to on a summer afternoon on the beach, just chillin with a cocktail. It’s summer, so it’s all good my friends.
Then on July 14th 2010, all HELL broke loose.
I heard “FIREPOWER”!
We were blogging Datsik a lot in those days and also as far back as in 2009, when not many really knew who Datsik was. I had the pleasure of opening for Datsik in my home city in Birmingham in March 2010. So were were blogging about him furiously. I had no idea Munchi was also listening to Datsik. I knew he was into Burial and Loefah and those dudes but I had no idea he was into the more aggressive stuff. So it was a huge surprise when I heard his Datsik edit of “Firepower”.
Man it BLEW MY MIND!!!
I was about the 8th person to hear it on his soundcloud and I just said:
“fuuuuuuuuuuckkkkkk!……..NEXT LEVEL SHIIT!…The apprentice becomes a MASTER!”
I immediately knew then something big & new had been borne. It was like NOTHING I had ever heard before and the aggressiveness of it also surprised me, cause we weren’t used to this side of Munchi.
So I thought I got to do a blog of this track and sensationalize so that the world hears it, cause the world needs to hear it!!!!
So what better way to draw attention to it than to say, “Say Hello 2 The Next Diplo”!
The “Firepower” track was for “me”, the moment when I saw Genius in Munchi and I then became one of his staunchest supporters. Up until that moment, the kid was showing a lot of PROMISE but “Firepower” changed all of that and showed us the work of a GENIUS! He had started on his journey to becoming a bona fide LEGEND.
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“Firepower” had acted as a major catalyst for the movement. When I heard the track I could see back then the vision Munchi had created for the future of this Moombahton movement. He had given it mouth 2 mouth resuscitation and had breathed new life into it.
All the Dubstep & Drumstep heads who were visiting our blog started to get into it and we started seeing a flow of Moombahcore edits. Without “Firepower”, I doubt we’d be as far advanced as we are with the movement today. It opened up the doors to a whole new world for a broad range of people.
I’ve said many times that Moombahcore and NOT Moombahton, has almost single-handedly helped to push this movement forward. It is still flava of the month and has a much wider audience and appeal, than Moombahton, at the present time.
However, saying that, I think the excitement for Moombahcore will start to fade thereby allowing Moombahton to grow from strength to strength as it is much more diverse. It has an ability to mutate to incorporate all sorts of things, which will allow it the longevity, which I’m not sure Moombahcore has. We’ve already seen this with Dubstep, with a huge swathe of opinion now moving away from Brostep, because of Brostep overkill.
A few months later he had immortalized Caspa’s “Where’s my money” with another Moombahcore edit.
Here’s what I said about it at that time:
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So Munchi gave the movement impetus by creating the first truly original Moombahton track thereby securing a future for Moombahton.
With Heartbreak by his side, Munchi helped to create Moombahsoul, a sub-genre ,which Heartbreak has taken to new heights, and which is also now recognized as an integral part to the whole scene.
Munchi breathed new life into the Moombahton movement by inventing Moombahcore, which has acted as a major catalyst for moving the movement forward and spreading it’s appeal further and wider than any one of us could ever have imagined.
But Munchi imagined it and he was the only ONE in the world who had!!!
After inventing “Moombahcore”, Munchi’s world changed, he started working with M.I.A., Crookers, Noisia, Diplo and the Mad Decent crew and he has also received applause from the likes of Skrillex, Laid Back Luke, Crookers and many, many others.
The future is now his.
A lot has happened since then and he has made loads of GREAT stuff including Juke, Ambient, 3ball, Trap and more Moombahton, which we can’t cover here in this piece.
He has now also created “MoombahSkull” with a major remix for one of the scene’s most respected Electronic producers’, Noisia:
Noisia – Tommys Theme (Munchi’s Fear Is Weakness Rmx)
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Here’s what he says about this:
Damn. Honestly, this was the first remix I was intimidated to do lol. Noisia is top shit and they know their shit exceeding the onpoint level. I started with a Trap Bubbling remix, but I was like nah I can’t do Noisia like that. So I scrapped that one and made a new version, the version you are listening now.
This track to me is the 1st succeeded attempt to merge Moombahcore with the darker side of Drum & Bass. Breakcore, Skullstep or Raggacore – these are the parties I used to go. Dark and loud as fuck. It was either those parties or Reggeton/Bubbling ones. Haha, it’s a weird combo i know lol.
So this is basicly a mix of Skullstep/Moombahcore/Metal/Baile Funk.
For me the BOSS himself Current Value is about as hard you can get in the darker DnB and one of my favorite producers, so being on a pack with Noisia AND Current Value, man you can’t even imagine how hyped I am!!!
Representing the 108 roots, and trying to show that it’s not only about fucking bleepy-ton haha. Try to do Moombahton better than that and be more creative – there is so much you can do with Moombahton fam-lationnnn!!
Introducing a sub-genre of a sub-genre lol, Moombahskull is like a lil’ bro of Moombahcore. Just a bit way more agressive and mad at the hypocrite world we call home.
This is the first in lineup for some more to come. BOW BOW!!
THE MOOMBAHTONISTA EP
Here’s what Munchi says:
* wayne & wax writing the write up (one of my first supporters callin my shit moombahton and the first i could really talk about on this subject. also he saw the connections that im talking about, hes a university teacher about this shit man its fuckin awesome AND im playing over there tommorow in boston just because its my dude wayne and i wanna hang out there haha!)
* angel doze and dj blass on the release – without a doubt my favorite reggetonero and reggeton producer all time.
* the exact cover i wanted, till EVERY single detail. by my dude brian life, he is fucking awesome to make my view happen.
* hopefully the video will be on point, im working on that at the moment
* and of course this fuckin interview and your writeup – i appreciate it so much!!
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Over to Wayne & Wax.
Remastered and mixed, Munchi’s debut Mad Decent EP Out this tuesday features all the songs the launched Moombahton to the next level!
2.Pero que lo que mujer
3. La Brasileña Ta Montao feat. Angel Doze
5.Toma Essa Porra VIP feat. DJ Blass
Soon as the first moombahton edits hit the net, Munchi was ready. Slowing down Dutch house tracks to make mutant reggaeton made a lot of sense to a resident of Rotterdam with roots in the Dominican Republic. Munchi knew as well as anyone (and better than most) that Dutch house and reggaeton were kindred genres, each a skip and a jump away from dancehall reggae. He began cooking up his own moombahton that night, emerging with much more than another set of edits. Arguably the first originals of the genre, Munchi’s tracks were built from scratch, imbued with touches of baile funk, cumbia, kuduro, bmore, samba, breakcore and more. Unlike Dave Nada’s seminal edits or influential remixes by A-Mac, Uncle Jesse, and Melo making the rounds, Munchi could put his name on his tracks front and center. Blowing up the blogs, he proved himself prolific and popular almost immediately, releasing acclaimed promo packs by the pound and building a devoted audience.
By pursuing his own singular vision of what the genre could be, Munchi pointed the way — lots of ways actually — to move moombahton beyond surprisingly serviceable novelty remixes in order to make it a genuine genre. His cross-breeding fusions even birthed a substyle he dubbed moombahcore, a steroidal take on the sound that now boasts hundreds of its own adherents. After Munchi’s wildly successful experiments, moombahton became a lot more kitchen-sink. This EP collects the classics, marking the moment that Munchi blew the frame open. Club wreckers that set the stage for a wave of producers learning to love the space between the kicks, the place to wind your hips. You’ll find it all here: evocative samples, epic build-ups and drops, thick-ass drums, sudden jokes and, of course, that trademark jingle. It also features new twists on old bangers, like lacing “La Brasileña Ta Montao” with brand new vocals from Angel Doze, Munchi’s favorite reggaetonero, making it the first real meeting between moombahton and its Puerto Rican cousin. Munchi’s amped about his first EP for Mad Decent and will be touring in support over the next couple months, bringing Munchi Presents: Moombahtonista Tour to cities in the US and Europe with a launch at Moombahton Massive in DC on February 15th.
– Wayne & Wax
Rajiv Münch, better known as Munchi is a Dutch Producer and DJ of Dominican descent, born and raised in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is credited to have made “the first truly original work” for Moombahton, taking “the sound to the next level”  and being the originator of Moombahcore. Even though Munchi is credited mainly for Moombahton, it was his versatility that brought him into public attention.Notably producing a wide selection of genres and incorporating these elements in his music. This is best represented in the ‘Murda Sound’ debut on T&A Records, consisting of a wide variety of genres doing Munchi’s versatility justice. In December 2010 Munchi was featured with 3 tracks on M.I.A.’s “Vicki Leekx” mixtape.
Munchi started making music in 2004 when his brother bought him Acid Pro. He met future collaborator David Heartbreak via Myspace in 2009. After Munchi mentioned Dave Nada’s Moombahton EP, Heartbreak invited him to Charlotte to learn more about the genre. While touring the U.S. in March 2011, Munchi had a seizure caused by an intracerebral hemmorrhage. After learning what happened, DJ Ayres, Tittsworth and Dave Nada organised a fundraiser “to pay for surgery, medication and flight home for the non-American insured producer”. He spent 9 hours in coma and 11 days in the hospital, but when noticing the overwhelming support it inspired him to recover faster during 2011.
Dubstep Promo – [SEL-PR001]
Baltimore Club Promo – [SEL-PR002]
Baile Funk Promo – [SEL-PR003]
B-more 2.0/2.1 + B-more Dub VIP’s – [SEL-PR004]
Moombahton Promo – [SEL-PR005]
Munbreakton EP (with David Heartbreak) – [SEL-PR006]
Cumbia XXX – [SEL-PR007]
Kuduro Promo – [SEL-PR008]
Fuck H&M (with David Heartbreak) – [SEL-PR009]
H/M (with David Heartbreak) – [SEL-PR010]
Rotterdam Juke EP – [SEL-PR011]
Murda Sound EP – [T&A019]
Moombahtonista EP – [MAD136]
Summer of Moombahton – [Self Released]
Verano del Moombahton – [Self Released]
M.I.A. – Vicki Leekx
Munchi – Break Your Fucking Face
David Banner ft Lil Flip – Like A Pimp (Munchi Has Bad Table Manners Moombahton Edit)
Juvenile – Back That Ass Up (Munchi Reggeton Edit)
Datsik – Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Rmx)
TC – Where’s My Money (Caspa Rmx – Munchi’s Kinda Agressive Right Now Moombahcore Rmx)
Soulja Boy – Pretty Boy Swag (Diplo & Munchi’s ‘Dude, I Can Make This In 5 Min With Acid Pro’ Edit)
Munchi ft M.I.A. – Murda Sound VIP
Munchi ft Chito Rock – Bebe De To
Munchi – Despair – [Moombahsoul Vol. I]
Munchi – Gracias – [Moombahton Massive II]
Munchi – Jimi Knows – [Verano Del Moombahton]
Munchi – Virtud – [Moombahsoul Vol. II]
Nadastrom & Munchi ft Jen Lasher – Say My Name – [El Baile Diabluma]
Munchi ft Lakey – Not Usually
Munchi – Fuck This
Steve Starks – Git Em (Munchi Kuduro Rmx)
Bassanovva – Chickenlover (Munchi Likes Em Fried Moombahton Rmx)
Dogz & Bumps ft Mc Zulu – Carnival Madness (Munchi’s Only Beers & Rubbers Rmx)
Nguzunguzu – Unfold (Munchi Likes Excessive Amounts Of Bass Mambo Juke Rmx)
Dillon Francis & Dave Nada – Brazzers Theme (Munchi’s Fuck That It’s Bangbros Rmx)
Autodidakt ft Spoek Mathambo – Fake Fred Perry (Munchi Is Muito Random Rmx)
Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (Munchi Airhorn Alert Rmx)
Professor Angel Dust – Go (Munchi Thought Criminal Rmx)
Bert On Beats – Bone Dat (Munchi’s ‘Nope This Aint Moombahton Dude’ Trap Bubbling Rmx)
Deco Child – Pray (Munchi’s Destino Solitario Rmx)
Noisia – Tommy’s Theme (Munchi’s Fear Is Weakness Rmx)
Q&A & THE GENERATION BASS EXCLUSIVE
This time round, we have the Q&A in video format and also these 2 video’s are the Exclusives for this piece.
We get up CLOSE & PERSONAL with Monsieur Big Hair and you know his hair is like the 8th Wonder of the World. I didn’t hear a word he said, I was too busy looking at his hair!!
Beautifully shot by James of DEFINATE and probing interview questions put forward by our boy DJ Nappy. It’s not a long piece but just a short 2 stage interview.
Dj Nappy also says his piece after the videos’ in tribute to Munchi.
THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1:
THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2:
DJ NAPPY ON MUNCHI:
“I’ve been loosely following Munchi for months to shoot an interview.
DJ Umb recently gave me a heads up that he was in New York, but I had
no idea that he was planning on staying there for a couple months.
After a few messages back and forth, I met Munchi for the first time
in person as James Definate was filming for Crizzly at Webster Hall in
Manhattan. In less than a week, I organized for him to spin an
impromptu set at the most prestigious university in the country.
I should be asleep. After a day of work and 2 hours of legal
nonsense, I headed to pick Munchi up from my local train station. We
had dinner and played some tracks back and forth at my house. We hop
in the car and head to Princeton University where James Definate (who
had run all the way to North Jersey get another camera because his is
on the fritz) filmed an epic interview. I played tracks for an hour,
and Munchi played nearly 2 hours when he was only billed for an hour
long set. Each and every track was insane. And most of those tracks
were his. I’d come up every once in a while and say ‘this is sick as
fuck’, without knowing who produced it. He’d just smile and say
The party ended abruptly at 3am. We dropped a couple people off and
ended up back in my driveway. And instead of going in the house,
Munchi and I sat in the car throwing ideas and theories back and forth
at each other for an hour. It continued for another couple of hours
indoors until the sun came up, and we went to sleep.
2 and a half hours later, I’m up and showered, and wake Munchi up to
do the same. He packs up, we grab breakfast at my parent’s coffee
shop, and I drop him off at the train station before I head to work.
I write this nearly 24 hours after I initially picked him up, and I’m
on less than 3 hours of sleep.
I’ve known of Munchi’s music since Dirty South Joe posted his “Best Of
Munchi” mix on Mad Decent’s blog. Not only was it a technically sound
display, but the actual content on it was mind-blowing. Since then,
Munchi’s career has skyrocketed. This isn’t because he followed a
formula, or because he had an insane marketing scheme. It’s because
the music was THAT good. It was different and unexpected. People
believed in it. People STILL believe in it.
I don’t normally write this much. The only people that will
understand or care are the people that understand and care that there
is a heartbeat behind every song that you listen to. You’ll get
what’s given to you from the video interview. We talk about music.
It’s shot INCREDIBLY well. But I personally got inspired by the music
he played, his giant smile as people were enjoying the sound, and his
willingness to share advice and information as if it was his duty. To
have moments of that evening documented will give me something
phenomenal to look back on.
I’m extremley careful not to state the man’s intentions. He has an
incredibly specific view on what is happening, how he feels about it,
what’s next, and what it all means. Every time I asked him to clarify
something, it turned into an intense explanation. He could (and
should) write a book on what goes through his mind. At the end of the
day, he’s more knowledgeable about music than anyone I know. He feels
a respect for all cultures, and doesn’t release a track until he feels
that his sound can be a solid and unique representation of a culture.
He thinks bigger than genres. “