MonoNeon: “I’m still not over Prince’s death – I was still getting to know him”

 Dywane Thomas Jr, aka MonoNeon, with his signature Fender Bass Jazz V
(Image credit: Fender)

Dywane Thomas Jr, aka MonoNeon, gets his stage name for a reason, as you can see from the photos. Influenced equally by blues, classic soul and art movements such as Dadaism, he’s a solo and session artist best known for being the last bassist to work with Prince before the Minneapolis legend’s premature death in 2016.

Check out Mono’s playing: he plays a right-handed bass guitar left-handed, leading to an unusual but extremely funky slap technique, and he was recently recognised for his skills with a signature Fender Bass Jazz V. The natural successor to the funk greats of a former generation, he’s an individual that stands out from the rest of us in every way. 

Fender MonoNeon Jazz Bass V

(Image credit: FMIC)

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.