Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions; Defunkt; J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz; and many more, making him a prime mover on New York’s downtown “No Wave” scene in the early 1980s. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, and Grammy-nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, among others. Beyond that, he has produced hundreds of records-and is the founder and CEO of NYC’s fastest rising record label, True Groove Records.
Now in the busiest era of his career, in the last few years he has played Shanghai and toured Europe with his business partner and labelmate Marla Mase. In recent months he has played Camden Jam, SXSO, performed at Brooklyn Bowl with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and was featured lead guitarist with “No Wave” icon James Chance’s Contortions during a sold out six-show stint at Tokyo’s famed Blue Note Club.
Channeling his anger and frustration after the Charleston Church Massacre and the highly publicized deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Doncker’s politically charged LP, The Mess We Made, combines afrobeat and other world music genres with ’60s and ’70s funk and soul to create a unique sound Doncker calls “global soul.” The deluxe edition of The Mess We Made, due out July 7, features rerecorded versions of original album tracks as well as five new songs and a live acoustic performance of “Time Will Tell.”
Doncker’s single “Funky Dollar Bill” is his take on a Funkadelic classic exploding with soaring lead guitars, danceable backbeat percussion and Doncker’s smooth vocal melodies. Check out the video below. Additionally, the video comes in advance of his participation in Maplewoodstock on July 9.
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