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OriginNew York City, NY, United States
GenresJam Band, Acid Jazz, Electronic, Dance, World, Improvisational
Years active2007 - Current
  • Ramsey Elkholy - Guitar, Lap Steel
  • Adam Ahuja - Keyboard, Vocals
  • Alex Hayes - Bass, Vocals
  • Devin Collins - Live Electronics and Samples
  • Doug Yowell - Drums

Monotronic is a collection of musicians based in New York City, New York that blend a wide array of genres. The band is led by guitar player Ramsey Elkholy and was created in 2007. There has been described as a mix of electronic dance music with strong world music influences. To date, Monotronic has been featured in music publications, performed at a number of venues and festivals, and with well known artists.[1][2]


Created by anthropologist turned guitarist, Ramsey Elkholy,[3] Monotronic began in 2007 as a combination of modern music with a wide range of cultural influences. The band draws influence from Elkholy's travels throughout Asia and Southeast Asia, international backpacking trips, and time spent studying Indian music in Calcutta. Elkholy received his PhD from the University of Manchester and spent part of his time as a student living among the Orang Rimba tribe in the rainforest of Sumatra, Indonesia.[4] Elkholy cites living in this "collective" or "tribal" mode of life, "where the group is valued over the individual and everything is shared," as a core inspiration behind the music of Monotronic. According to Elkholy, "Monotronic is a concept, whereby each instrument can be heard as a continuation of the other and the music sounds as one distinct whole, emanating from a single source". [5] The band consists of Ramsey Elkholy on Guitar & Lap Steel Guitar, Adam Ahuja on Keyboard & Vocals, Alex Hayes on Bass & Vocals, Devin Collins with Live Electronics and Samples, and Doug Yowel on Drums.[6]

Monotronic has played in venues including The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, and The Bowery Electric;[7][8][9] and with artists and bands including David Byrne and the Talking Heads, Spin Doctors, Suzanne Vega, Joe Jackson, and Robert Randolph.[10][11][12]


Ramsey Elkholy - Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar

Elkholy was born and raised in New York City by his mother who was an opera singer who exposed him to a wide array of music at an early age. Elkholy began studying music and after seeing the Grateful Dead live in concert stylistically gravitated towards jazz among other improvisational forms of music. Other musical influences include guitarists such as Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock and Eric Clapton as well as jazz musicians including John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian. Later in life Elkholy moved to Eugene, Oregon to study anthropology and jazz guitar. After his studies Elkholy embarked on a decade long trip of traveling and studying before returning to New York City. Elkholy has published a book entitled "Being and Becoming", an anthropological account of his time spent living among the Orang Rimba tribe in the jungles of Indonesia.[13][14][15]

Adam Ahuja - Keyboard, Vocals

Ahuja is a New York City based keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. Ahuja has performed original music at venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club and has also toured internationally with musicians in acts including The Flowdown, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and the Ana Popovic Band. Ahuja is sponsored by Nord Keyboards. [16][17][18][19]

Alex Hayes - Bass & Vocals

Hayes is a bassist, vocalist, and composer. Hayes has toured the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean with a variety of artists and has studied under artists including, Victor Wooten, Edgar Meyer, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey and Bela Fleck. Hayes was a part of "Never Sleep Alone," a critically-acclaimed Music Comedy show at The Public Theatre.[20][21][22]

Devin Collins - Live Electronics and Samples

Devin Collins was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and the suburbs of Chicago. Collins started studying music in middle school when he was 11 years and old quickly gravitated toward percussion. Collins studied at The Berklee College of Music from 2005-2009 graduating with a B.A in performance. Collins has performed with a wide range of groups from different genres including The Karma Exchange, r.O.T.i, LoveSkills, Elliot Moss, K-Russia, Manami Morita, Sarpay Ozcagatay, Felix Pastorius, Reverend Kim Lesley, and Killa Theory Live.[23][24][25]

Doug Yowel - Drums

Yowel is a drummer from New York City who has played with musicians including Joe Jackson, Christopher Cross and Duncan Sheik. Having been raised in a musical family, Yowell started playing the drums when he was 3 years old. Yowel has toured the U.S. and Europe with Jackson.[26][27][28][29]


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