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Watch it Wednesday: TOKiMONSTA – ‘I Wish I Could’

Jennifer Lee, AKA Tokimonsta, released a track last October that has a powerful message, a beautiful beat, and one of the most inspiring back stories I have ever heard. ‘I Wish I Could’ provokes the feeling of hope and to know the true magnitude of the song and video, you must know Lee’s medical past. Sporadic migraines turned into episodes of numbness, turned into an MRA that ultimately revealed that Lee had a very rare brain disease called Moyamoya. After she underwent a brain surgery, Lee faced a fate that all musicians and music lovers terror. She couldn’t make music anymore…or even hear it. In an interview with Pitchfork she explained what her relationship with music turn into and said, “All music just sounded like noise, I remember being like, ‘Ooh, this is weird! This is metallic, harsh nonsense to me.” But in the face of despair, Jennifer refused her reality fought like hell to rehabilitate her mind and body. In short matter of time after undergoing brain surgery, losing her speech, losing her ability to communicate, and losing her ability to create music, Jennifer was back on Ableton, with a new strength that can take her and music anywhere. ‘I Wish I Could’ is the first song she wrote after this journey, making it masterpiece without needing to even press play. Garnering massive success and being the root of one of EDM’s most inspiring comeback stories, ‘I Wish I Could’ has now received new life with a music video. The song’s backstory is all you need to know when viewing today’s Watch it Wednesday, it’s what makes this one so special and poetically depicts the video’s concept. Check it out below.

TOKiMONSTA – “I Wish I Could” (ft. Selah Sue)

Toki returns to Tempe on May 11 for our favorite, Shady Park Fridays. It’s not every day we are faced with an artist with such heart, drive, strength, and talent. She truly is a role model for all young producers and we have honored to experience her craft, get your tickets here.

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