Torment with Natan
Posted on / June 15, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on our Bancs SXSW compilation, I was in the studio and heard my friend Natan Winkler play a melody idea on the piano, I asked him to lay it down so I could build a track around it in time for the compilation for Austin. I laid down some synths and drums and textures to create a dream like feel and then we brought in our friend Tal to record some guitar ideas which I chopped up and layered to add a more full and surreal sound.

Listen to the song here – CLICK HERE

If you would like to hear the full compilation, CLICK HERE

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THE INSTRUMENTALS OF SEX WAR
Posted on / June 15, 2015 @ 6:08 pm


It is rare for a rock band to commercially release an instrumental version of their LP, something generally reserved for rappers and well, just rappers really. But Bonhom is a rare breed, far from the traditional rock band. Bonhom is made up of the alt indie falsetto singer and songwriter James Coleman, known to fans for his signature seductive sonics, and hip hop producer Diwon, known for his genre twisting and collaborative singles and remixes.  

The two artists compose some of the freshest genre-less gems which might be heard in scenes of shows on Lifetime, MTV, and ABC. Their latest single, NYE, was remixed by over 35 countries in varying styles, and “The Instrumentals of Sex War” highlights what makes the music defy genres and labels as they blend elements of folk, pop, hip hop, edm, and rock into the unmistakable sound of Bonhom.

Set for a July 21st release, this album should tide fans over until their sophomore album is scheduled to be released later this year.  

PRE-ORDER ‘THE INSTRUMENTALS OF SEX WAR’

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‘Feel You Now’ (Sans Drums)
Posted on / January 9, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

Slip into your weekend with this alternate ‘sans drums’ version of Diwon‘s ambient stunner, ‘Feel You Now’ featuring the lovely #Liza. The original song is featured on Diwon’s debut LP, “New Game”.

Get it exclusively at http://soundcloud.com/diwon

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NYE (Didi Tokaoui’s Gloomy Remix)
Posted on / December 18, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

My band, Bonhom has a big NYE remix contest with Indaba right now with 1k worth of KMI gear. You coudl enter now at goo.gl/8QWRIl. Here is one of our favorites so far, by Didi Tokaoui, a gloomy Radiohead’esque remix.

INFO: Time to get ready for New Year’s Eve. Remix my band Bonhom’s ‪#‎NYE‬ track on Indaba Music for your chance to win tons of Keith McMillen Instruments gear. Enter here: goo.gl/8QWRIl

** Pre-order Bonhom’s debut album “Sex War” now and get the album one day before it hits stores on Jan 20th. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of Bonhom’s bumping tracks, “Get Up Stand Up (Sign of Life)”, “NYE” and “Your Eyes”.
bonhom.bandcamp.com/album/sex-war

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Diwon’s Chanukah EP
Posted on / December 18, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

It took 3 thousand years, but FINALLY there’s some hipster Hanukkah track for y’all to party to!

1. “Sivivon” ft. Cobe & Yehuda Solomon of Moshav
2. “Gonna Light” ft. Y-Love and Sarah Aroeste
3. Dr. Dreidel ft. Kosha Dillz & Cobe.
4. “Sivivon” (instrumental)
5. “Al Hanisim” (instrumental)
6. “Dreidel” (instrumental)

diwonmusic.com // facebook.com/diwon // soundcloud.com/diwon
@Diwon

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Remix Bonhom’s “NYE” Song and Win 1K in Prizes
Posted on / December 11, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

BONHOM-NYE-REMIX-CONTESTTime to get ready for New Year’s Eve! Remix my band Bonhom’s NYE single on Indaba Music for your chance to win tons of KMI gear and an official release. Los Angeles based songwriting duo Bonhom is a new pop project co-created by two musical masterminds, singer/songwriter James Coleman and DJ, producer, and songwriter Diwon. The two produce their own unique brand of epic dreamlike pop which you may have heard on your favorite TV programs. Bonhom recently had their song “Live for the Now” featured in the season premier of Witches of Eastend.

Now, Bonhom wants you to remix their new hit single “NYE”. Take these stems and bust a remix that make us party like its 2015!

To Enter & For More Info, Click Here: http://goo.gl/8QWRIl

** Pre-order Bonhom’s debut album “Sex War” now and get the album one day before it hits stores on Jan 20th. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of Bonhom’s bumping tracks, “Get Up Stand Up (Sign of Life)”, “NYE” and “Your Eyes”.
https://bonhom.bandcamp.com/album/sex-war

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If You Love Me
Posted on / November 24, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

My Band, Dreams in Static are back with another hot retro, soul track after their first single debuted on WSJ followed by 400 remixes by 40 plus countries.

Dreams in Static conjures up the aesthetics of Pulp Fiction & Curtis Mayfield. The upcoming album produced by Los Angeles based hip hop producer Diwon and multifaceted guitarist/bassist, Dugans will feature Akie Bermiss throughout. Bringing his own signature sound — with hints of Smokey Robinson and TV on the Radio – Akie Bermiss’ timeless dream-like voice breathes life and narratives into the Dreams in Static grooves.

Dreams in Static’s first single “You’re On Your Own” premiered on Wall Street Journal while AltSounds described their sound as “John Mayer meets The Rolling Stones with more soul; yes it’s possible.” I think they have a sort of TV on the Radio, Curtis Mayfield, Roots type of sound. They have been remixed over 400 times by people in 40 plus countries.
As the guys get ready for their next music video, they give fans a chance to hear another cut dubbed “If You Love Me”, off their much anticipated LP.

“If hip hop is dead to the underground and rock is dead to the mainstream, “Dreams in Static” resurrects the two and blends their elements into one sonic sonnet”

https://soundcloud.com/dreamsinstatic/love

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Indila – “Dernière Danse” (Diwon Remix ft. Drumaan & Nathan Sela)
Posted on / November 19, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

Fresh off Diwon’s all instrumental album, dubbed “Pre-Game,” the Los Angeles based producer flips the script with a french remix that bridges Edith Piaf, Beck, and Daft Punk. “Dernière Danse” is a remix of French R&B singer, Indila, accompanied by Nathan Sela and Drumaan who caught Diwon’s attention as the winner of Diwon’s rock project, Dreams in Statics’ remix contest. The original “Dernière Danse” charted in France reaching the SNEP Top 2 and currently has over 145 million plays on youtube. This remix re-introduces this lush track to worldwide audience that favor breakbeats and synths with their melodic serenity. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

https://soundcloud.com/diwon/indila-derniere-danse-diwon-remix-ft-tum-nathan-sela

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Cobe Jones’ Takes Em Out
Posted on / October 23, 2014 @ 5:44 am

I’m pretty stoked on this single because it’s the first of the bunch that we made together. Cobe Jones is coming out swinging in this rap world with a premiere on DJ Booth featuring his single “Take Em Out”.

Here’s what the Booth had to say, “Hide your girl—in fact, hide your sisters, too—because Cobe Jones is in the building. As we learn on debut single Take Em Out, the Cali buzzmaker possesses an eccentric brand of swagger that listeners (especially female ones) are bound to find irresistible. Making its world premiere right here on our front page, this freshly-minted mixtape inclusion finds the 21-year old emcee showcasing his animated flow and witty, pop-referential pen game over some head-noddable work by Diwon and co-producer Flyhats. Interest piqued? Then stay tuned for more new singles leading up to the tentative February release of Cobe’s Skatin’ street album.”

Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/cobejones/take

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UGHH’S Interview with Diwon
Posted on / September 7, 2014 @ 5:48 am

Diwon-New-Game-PRe-GAMe600Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from? How long have you been making Hip Hop?

I’m from Brooklyn, but moved out here to L.A. 2 years ago to get a creative art space (Studio Bancs) for my production company, Bancs Media where I produce my music and videos. I’ve been a fan of hip hop since I was a kid and got The Chronic on cassette. Since then I’ve always been the guy in charge of music at parties and in high school I got a 4 track and started playing drums, guitars, keys, turntables and would just lay down ideas…after that I started DJing out at clubs and on WMUC in Maryland. I didn’t start making beats in a real way until 8 years ago though. Since then I’ve produced some rock, pop, folk, electronic and hip hop records. My two rock bands are Bonhom and Dreams in Static, both have a sort of surreal sound and I blend a lot of hip hop style into the tracks.

What influences you in making Hip Hop?

The music I hear in general from jazz to folk inspires my beat making, I love how Tribe, Digable Planets and Pharcyde really got heavily into jazz breaks and flipping them into beats. Coltrane is my favorite artist of all time and the classic quartet (Trane, Jones, Tyner, and Garrison) were so heavy and influential on me. Elvin Jones’ playing on A Love Supreme sounds like multiple drummers and I think that sort of complex rhythmic percussion has influenced the way I lay down the drums in my music. As the engineers who mix my tracks will attest, no one’s got more drums stems per song than me.

Describe your music, and what separates you from other Producers?

I make a lot of different types of music, but the one constant is the blend that I always maintain which is a mix of the live instrumentation, that sort of analog and organic sound with the sounds of sampling, beat making, 808’s and boom bap. I think when you rely too heavily on one style or techniques the song either sounds too mechanical and lifeless or too live sounding.

Who have you collaborated with? Who would you like to collab with in the near future?

I’ve collaborated with some pretty amazing artists, The top of my list was Tim Fite, Matisyahu and Doodlebug from Digable Planet. The collabs always make for really interesting tracks. I thrive off of collaboration, almost all my music besides this instrumental album comes from collaboration since I’m not a singer or rapper. I work with folks that I feel fit the specific track and would get the vibe that I’m going for. Its always amazing to see what the artist comes up with and work with them tweaking it and bringing the vision to life. Each track is like it’s own being and I like them to be mature and complex.

Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

I think underground hip hop is really just hip hop made for hip hop’s sake and not for the radio. Mainstream pop hop is really functional music generally rapping about being in the club etc… I don’t make much hip hop with that in mind, but I do like pop and mainstream music and I think some of what I make works in that setting as well.

Production wise, who are your influences? And who would you like to work with?

There are so many, the producers that come to mind right off the bat are Beck, Mark Ronson, J Dilla, El-p, Edan, Diplo and the Beasties. I would love to work together with Beck and Diplo on a project.

Any current or future projects you are promoting?

Right now I’m promoting both this Pre-Game all instrumental album that just came out and the New Game vocal album, which was remixed by 400 people all over the world; to be exact, 40 different countries. I’m also gearing up for new videos and full albums from my Bonhom project which is like dream pop indie rock. I’m really excited to release the full LP since a lot of our tracks have been on a slew of TV shows. I’m also finishing tracks for my Dreams in Static project which has a Curtis Mayfield meets TV on the Radio and Kanye vibe and it’s been really cool since our engineer mixing it has mixed some Kanye and TV on the Radio tracks, so it’s been a great fit and the reception has been very cool. It’s the type of music RZA and Questlove would have on repeat.

Can you give us a brief description of the creative process of Pre-Game? Also/ what was the idea or concept description about your Album Art Cover.

Pre-Game are the beats and pieces that made up New Game my first LP, so it’s sort of a collection of some of the instrumentals along with some exclusive unreleased tracks as well as an instrumental track I made for K Records. A lot of the beats were made at 2am in NY and made with beat heads in mind, tracks that I would imagine they would freak over. The album art for New Game features an image of me shot after I got back from my boy Shepard Fairey’s party and Chilean artist, Fab Ciraolo painted the image making it look like I was in another world. For Pre-Game I used the same image but with a different more natural and grounded background, since the album is stripped down to just instrumentals.

Where can we find your music and info?

You could find my music anywhere that digital music is sold from itunes to bandcamp and could follow me at www.facebook.com/diwon on twitter @diwon and keep up with the team at Bancs (www.bancsmedia.com & www.studiobancs.com)

Any shout outs?

I want to give a shout out to my mom who always believed in my art and supported and inspired me along the way. Also much respect to the countless artists who I’ve been blessed to collaborate with, much of my dreams have come into being from those collaborations.

Click here for the original interview.

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