One of the most creative musicians today, even though he says… “I just be doing shiet mane!”… MonoNeon is always searching for what else he can do with his music. His songwriting and singing is quirky, experimental and definitely funky. What is admirable about MonoNeon is how free he is with his music, either working on albums like “Supermane” with producer and songwriting collaborator Davy Nathan or sitting in his bedroom alone creating whimsical albums like “Jelly Belly Dirty Somebody”. MonoNeon goes whatever he wants with his creations. For an example... one of the songs on the album called “The Answer Is In The Pyramid (Turn It Upside Down)” is inspired by the ‘Gluten Free Ebola' South Park episode… and MonoNeon’s guitar solo in the bridge on that particular song is stanky. The Quilted One’s use of microtonal harmony is intuitive and uncanny… like in the song “Three Bears”, using his quarter-tone bass and DX7ii synth. The Dada spirit lives in MonoNeon's funky soul.
Dywane Thomas Jr. (born August 6, 1990), also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. It was his eclectic artistry on the bass that first caught Prince’s attention in 2014. Mono and Prince performed a number of concerts at Paisley Park.
"A creative risk-taker in a modern music industry where so few exist—MonoNeon, Dywane Thomas Jr., or however you refer to him as—is an individual who is necessary because the game needs someone as intriguing, mysterious, and colorful as him. As an artist who has ridiculous chops, an endless supply of creativity, an honor and a relatable philosophy that is as enriching as it is educational, MonoNeon is one of the most easily recognizable bassist playing today (and not just because of the bright colored clothing and sock on the guitar). The future of music and performance art needs a person like MonoNeon so originality and transformation can happen." - OKAYPLAYER