An artist’s side project is generally an outlet for them to make less marketable music, and don’t set out to do much with it. However, Dirt Monkey & Jantsen are joining forces and looking to change the face of dance music with their new venture Soltri. This is less of a side project and more of a new avenue to fully explore how far dance music can go.
Patrick Megeath, who goes by Dirt Monkey, has evolved his sounds as a DJ and producer in a wide variety of bpms, tonalities, and contexts. He has collaborations with diverse artists like Illenium, Savoy, Amp live, Run DMT, JSTJR, Ruxell, Nathaniel Knows, IYFFE, and Tincup. He’s had a captivating set of releases such as his Chroma album in September (which we HIGHLY recommend) and the smash “From the Back” with Nathaniel Knows in January 2016.
Dirt Money’s collaborator, Jantsen, is also no stranger to the electronic music scene. He’s established a strong presence in the scene through his eclectic sound, being influenced by many genres such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, hip hop, and many other kinds of world music. Jantsen brings a style that is creative, unique, and is continuously evolving. The bass driven star has collaborated with acts such as Zion I, and has gained international support from top DJ’s.
Now the two friends are coming together for Soltri, which is a mesh of genres from cultures all around the world. They have already pushed boundaries of music with their solo projects, which have received support from the likes of Bassnectar, Rusko and Excision, but now they come together to double their power and creativity.
Soltri Part 1 is complete with two hybrid bass singles that fuse acoustic elements with electronic counterparts. “Booty Bounce” kicks off the free EP in style with unique sounds and memorable melodies. “Wicked” pays homage to heavier styles of dance music without sacrificing any musicality. Each song is strong, tasteful and unparalleled. Soltri Part 1 is just the beginning.