MONDAVVY comes from a place where no one names themself the names they have. Representing the NorthSide of Minneapolis, MN.
“I have too many names to mention lol but a few stuck. Dell Dilla because somehow I would find a way to slide some JDilla in my set. Dell Scrilla as a spin on Dell Dilla then just Scrilla and lastly Scrilla Mondavvy. I got the last name because it sounded kind of fancy lol.”
His musical inspiration comes from his parents. His mother's side of the family was 10 toes down in the church.
“My Grandma Liz was the mother of the church and we were one of the first families to found Living Word Church.
On MONDAVVY Dad's side he grew up in the tradition of The Civil Rights Movement. He recalls watching the famous "Eyes On The Prize" documentary and was again really moved by the chants, the call and response and all of the black entertainers featured in that piece.
“Outside of that Pop would play music in the house from prominent black artists like Tracy Chapman, Miles Davis and John Coltrain to name a few. So if you listen to any of my beats you’d find that they're a consistent mixture of melodic melodies, rhythmic almost chant like minded snares and hi hats and hard drums.”
For this new play on his music career he'd like to call it "Phase x". The vision is to Leave a mark in the world. While Making it easier for his daughters to live long and smile hard.
“Check my SoundCloud for my beat tape by the same name) I decided to run with "MONDAVVY BEATS.”
He’s new to beat making and trying to build vibes with like minded artists. He started his music career as a DJ under the name DJ Dell Dilla and is very particular on who he networks with.. He describes the experience as either a player in the game or coaching the next generation. “I AM MUSIC…”
“I've had some ups and some downs, too many to recount but one thing remained true to this day is I can't imagine living my life without some form of music and I'm not talking about being a casual listener.”
“ I build from the ground up by hitting the local underground scenes like I did when I first started DJing. That's where I find humble and hungry artists that I can potentially work with. I also found some real dope beat makers too that I can learn from because believe me, it's ALL GOOD!”
Through MONDAVVY music he aims to be good enough to show that Boom Bap never died, for it's the essence of hip hop. Some artists he likes to listen to are J Dilla (RIP), Kev Brown, Nottz, 9th Wonder, Hit-Boy and Madlib.
No shade to trap music but I'm BB to the heart….I have to give credit where credit is due. What first got me into to dJing is my brother from another mother, DJ Chuck Chizzle.. Bro and I clicked back in middle school over girls, sports and music... As we got older he bought a pair of tables that we practiced on then I bought my own pair and the rest is history.. My guy dropped a major gem in my hand at a young age and I'm grateful for it to this day!”
Don’t forget to check out his latest work here