We recently had a great opportunity at the Walmer Convenience Musical Blog. Can you guess what it was? Duh! We got to interview that fucker Munchi! That’s the fucking title of the post, get with it. We’re really excited to interview this dude who everyone is saying is gonna be the next big thing. It must pretty fucking awesome and pretty fucking tiring to hear that shit. We don’t give a shit about the hype though, the reason we care is that this dude is one of the few people who have made music that has blown our fucking minds. When The Dirty Frenchman first heard the moombahton track Sandungueo he was high as fuck and supposed to meet up with his girlfriend for a fucking date. Once he heard it he could not stop playing that shit over and over again. That was not only the first Munchi track he had ever heard but it was also the first moombahton track. He got so into that shit that he came like half an hour late for his date and got in shit and didn’t get laid. That whole Munchi Moombahton Promo EP was like BOOM! There is a whole new world! It was one of those fucking moments you always remember.
If you don’t know the story of Munchi you can look it up. We’re not his fucking biographers. All you need to know is that at that point in his life he was just some dude sending emails to people asking them to post his tracks and being super fucking thankful that you did. That was back in early 2010. In a year and a half there have been some ups and downs but that fucker is now one of the hottest and in demand producers of Electronic Dance Music in the world, having worked or working with some of the biggest names. The great thing about him is that he is still humble as fuck, still talks to average ass joes like us and still genuinely loves fucking music and will talk about it to anyone who asks him. The man can best be described as a musical scholar having observed or participated in a number of recent musical movements. He is concerned not just with the music itself but with the culture of the music. Are people using a music to it’s highest potential? Is the movement creating a lasting genre or the latest hipster style for 6 months? Basically how can we make things better? Did we also mention the dude is only 22 years old? (What have we done with our lives?) But fuck, if we write anything else we’ll fucking spoil it so let’s just let Munchi speak for himself and then we’ll have links to most of his most important work up until now. He’s also given us the privilege of hosting AN EXCLUSIVE TRACK! (WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!) The most amazing part is that most of his shit is fucking free! GO READ THE INTERVIEW AND GRAB CLASSIC MUNCHI TRACKS EVEN THOUGH YOU SHOULD HAVE THEM ALREADY AFTER THE FUCKING JUMP! EXCLUSIVE TRACK “FUCK THIS” IS AT THE END! THE SONG IS TRAP-MOOMBAHTON AND IS HARD AS FUCK. TRACK GONNA TAKE OVER!
Walmer: Why the fuck are you called Munchi? Like obviously your real name is Rajiv Munch so that’s a reason but did you actually choose that name? Why? It sounds like a snack food for stoners and shit.
Munchi: That has been my nickname for years man. So when I started makin music I was too lazy to think of another name and just went with that. Why people started callin me that was obviously because of my last name and because I used to smoke a shitload.
W: Now that people are talking about you everywhere you must be really rich. Do you drink anything other than Cristal and what is the most expensive thing you bought with all those benjamins you are making? Why did you buy it other than to be a straight baller?
M: What are you talking about? I still drink the same cheap ass beer and cheap ass kalimoxto, still eat the same kapsalon at the same place, still use the same broken headphones and cheap ass home studio (if u can call it a studio anyway), still wear the same lame ass clothes.
Dude, I don’t give a fuck to be honest. The only thing I spend cash on is books and food without all that bullshit in it.
W:You have been associated mostly with moombahton. So what the fuck do you actually think about it? Is it here to stay? Is it gonna be out in 2 more years?
M: Would you asked me the question 1 year ago I would’ve said yes. Now i’d have to say that I honestly don’t know.
I feel that there is a exhaustion in the genre of the same shit. Let me repeat myself again by saying that I have been warning everybody about this since the start. I’ve been in 3 genres before this that all went down cause of the same bullshit; money and mediocracy. It’s mostly the little things you tend to look over in order to keep a genre in the right path (to keep it interesting), while you think you are to busy with the short term things. Which in reality are less important.
At the moment there are so many things not on point with the genre and the point of it wearing out is closer then ever.
On top of that a lot of Moombahtonistas are taking a break now from the genre, probably because they dont know where to take it anymore. This when Moombahton hasn’t even come close to reaching it’s full potential yet. Caused by focussing too much on 1 or 2 sub-genres of Moombahton – see Dubstep.
And when talking about it I get the same lazy ass answer from everybody:
“Lead by example.”
Well that’s what the fuck imma do then.
W: Little by little there are big fucking names making moombahton. Do you think they will help the genre? Do you think they will just take it over and push everyone out? Do they have anything to contribute?
M: I think if everybody just kept their mind straight and work together in favor of the genre instead of being a bitchass big label dickrider, it could work. There is nothing wrong with commercialization of a genre or big names doing the genre as long as you keep it in the same line.
Music and innovation as the keywords.
If you don’t have that tho it will be difficult, because there is no ground to focus on.
Like that it will be pushed over and taken over easily.
W: Are you gonna keep making moombahton? Why?
M: Yeah, but that doesn’t mean that i’m going to stop with all the other shit. Sometimes I feel like i’m the only one who sees that Moombahton has one of the biggest potentials of genres that came up the last 10-15 years.
If you strip it all down, it all comes from Jamaica. The main base of Moombahton is an equal share of Dutch House/Reggeton. Both of them are offsprings of Raggamuffin if you think about it. Dutch House has a big influence of Bubbling House. Bubbling House is a modern version of Bubbling which in reality is sped up Raggamuffin.
You could see this as the Western evolution of that root. Then you have the thing what you know as Reggeton nowdays, which came from the older version of it (Raggamuffin in Spanish) developed in Panama and Puerto Rico. This you could see as the Latin evolution of that root.
So put that together you have a huge clash of basicaly the same shit. Both sides come back in Moombahton with all their learned experience and knowledge.
No wonder that I can mix all this shit in the Moombahton base and get away with it. I’ve done a lot of genre mashing, but none make it seem so simple as Moombahton.
W:What other genres are you fucking working on? What have you not worked on but wish you could?
M: I’m not gonna tell you shit! You’ll hear it in 2012!
What I haven’t worked on is my career as a Bachata player or a Drum & Bass DJ.
Ah well there is still time.
W:Who the fuck are you collabing with these days? What the fuck are you making?
M: I would have to say, look at the previous question. You know I never say that fuckface, haha.
W: Did you and Heartbreak meet online? How the fuck did you meet?
M: When I was broke as fuck I had to go to the library to use internet if I needed to. 30 min a day, but for some reason I managed to do everything in that short amount of time. It was in that time back in 2009 where he messaged me on MySpace that he liked my B-more shit.
We stayed in touch and then Dave’s Moombahton EP hit.
Back then he was this lame ass Top 40 DJ in Charlotte haha, but even with that he invited me to come to Charlotte.
This because I told him about the Moombahton EP and he was probably the only one who thought that I made sense.
He wanted to learn more about it so I showed him all this Bubbling and Reggeton shit and basiclay all these other genres that inspired me and he showed me his old hiphop shit back when he was a rapper in NY.
One moment that really stayed with me was to see him starting to appreciate the other genres and possibilities.
Then when I came back to Holland this dude called me like every fucking second of the day.
We were constantly on the phone or emailing back and forth till we came up with the Munbreakton EP.
The potential of Moombahton made a huge impact on me and Heartbreak inviting me to Charlotte fueled me even more.
Who could’ve known that it would go like this. Time flies man, it’s crazy.
W:When did you realize that you and Heartbreak had not just a friendship, but something more?
M:Haha, he’s like family now. I stayed at his place with his people and he stayed in Holland with me with my people.
These last 2 years the 2 things i’ve been doing most is making music and talking to Heartbreak, LOL.
W: Will you ever work with Heartbreak again?
M: At the end of 2010 I remember telling Heartbreak, this was my year, next year we gonna make it your year!
Not even knowing what was ahead of me – the seizure :(.
W: Our friend Neil Queen Jones of Mixmag and Pop Culture Care Package has asked if you’ve seen Heartbreak’s dick? Why or why not?
M: HAHA wtf. No, why would I.
W: What is the best city you ever went to? What is the worst? Why?
M: Washington D.C. @ the first Moombahton Massive.
W: Do you want to be rich? Do you think you will be?
M: I don’t really care. Rich or not I will still live in the same simple ass place.
W: What is the shittiest musical act out there today?
M: That would take over this entire interview.
W: Would there ever be a circumstance where you would make remix for Justin Beiber or Lady Gaga or LMFAO?
M: Abso-fuckin-lutely not.
All these bitches that talk shit, but when offered the opportunity dickride ferociously. Best believe that I see you.
W: Is there anyone who is super popular that you would be happy to collaborate with?
M: Burial, DJ Blass, Dead Prez, Tweet, Current Value, Blonde Redhead, Immortal Technique, Norah Jones.
W: In the video profile about you for My Son The Dj it shows that you still live with your mom. Are you gonna be a fucking man and move out and get your own fucking life?
M: Definitely. I’m not gonna let her rot in a elderly home.
I was going to get my own place when I turned 18, but I didn’t do that because then she would have to handle shit on her own.
Besides, my mom is one of the realest people you will ever meet and I don’t wanna do her like that. When I am able to get her her own place I’ll be good.
W: Are you still using Acid Pro to make tracks? Are you ever gonna try to use real production software?
M: Are you ever gonna try stfu?
Acid Pro is my dude. Ableton is overrated and i’ve tried all the other stuff.
Why change if it’s working for you.
W: Do you see yourself living in the Netherlands forever?
M: I’m feeling good in Rotterdam, tbh. When going all over the place it’s good to be chillin in a place that’s familiar.
W: Where do you dream you could fucking live?
M: In a simple ass beach house in the middle of nowhere with my wife, mother and brother + fam,
selling coconuts and fruits while making bangers on my laptop to send out to the world.
W: You are an artist who has emerged out of moombahton movement to be known by a wider audience. Are there any other people coming out of the moombah wave that are going to leave a mark in wider music? Who the fuck are they?
M: First of all that’s a common misconception.
I was making a bit of everything (monthly EP in a different genre each month) and was known for doing that. Then Moombahton got bigger end 2010/begin 2011 and I got known for that.
I think it’s the other way around though. Almost everyone came from another background and started to do Moombahton. That’s whats so cool about it!
W: Who are the up and coming producers in moombah you are listening to?
W: What fucking music do you listen to to chill at home?
M: Mostly Burial, Modern Classic, Bachata, Ambient, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Post Rock Roosbeef or some Blonde Redhead.
I always listen to Skullstep aswell. Some Donny, Limewax, Lucio De Rimanez or Current Value surprisingly eases the mind.
W: Last question for all the Canadian fuckers, when the fuck are you coming to Canada again? Is there gonna be a tour? Are you going to make sure we dj with you in Toronto?
M: Dude, I don’t know what’s up but 4 times I was supposed to come to Canada and 4 times they fucked up LOL. I really want to go tho, so ill make sure that this time it’s gonna be arranged on point and not on some bullshit. Obviously the first persons that come to mind when playing is A-Mac and the fuckfaces that run Walmer. So u know it’s gonna be the shit!!
W: Thanks man!
SO NOW WHAT? WHY DON’T WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE MUSIC THAT MUNCHI HAS MADE? IT’S PRETTY FUCKING CRAZY THE LEVEL OF VARIETY HERE. THIS IS HISTORICAL SHIT. GET IT ALL AND GRAB THE FREE MOOMBAHTRAP AT THE END!:
AND NOW FOR SOME CLASSIC TRACKS:
Datsik – Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Remix) (mediafire)
AND NOW WHAT WE’VE BEEN DYING TO GIVE OUT TO ALL YOU FUCKERS! A NEW MUNCHI MOOMBAHTRAP TRACK “FUCK THIS”. LISTEN, THEN DOWNLOAD THE FUCK OUTTA THAT! HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND ASSHOLES!