RIGHTSTARTER is a creative initiative featuring acclaimed writer/musician PC Muñoz and award-winning rapper DEM ONE. In an age of rancorous rhetoric and division, RIGHTSTARTER presents a guttural artistic response to this political moment. We transgress boundaries, subvert expectations, and assert denied identities in hostile times. Our aesthetic is the Zen of the One, with echoes of free jazz, musique concréte, and funk. Our ancestors include Gil Scott-Heron, Leonard Cohen, John Cage, Don Cherry, and Chuck D. Our name comes straight from a 1987 Public Enemy song. Our creations come in all forms.
Past projects include two videos with Seattle filmmaker Christopher “Paper Son” Woon, live painting/music events with San Francisco painter Leon Loucheur, a live music installation at the San José Museum of Art, and a live performance at San Francisco's Apple Union Square for the Today at Apple programming initiative.
PC Muñoz is a recording artist, musician, and writer based in San Francisco. His singular compositional and performing style bridges the gap between the insistent rhythms of funk, jazz-informed improvisation, pop songforms, and aleatoric processes of the avant-garde. His body of work includes recordings and writings across multiple mediums, from GRAMMY-nominated contemporary classical music to CMJ-charting funk songs and modern dance/multimedia productions. PC’s past projects include collaborations with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop artist Ingrid Chavez, longtime Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, Emmy-winning virtuoso Van-Anh Vo, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Oakland hip-hop artist Kev Choice, and countless other musicians and recording artists across a wide range of genres. He was a 2015 Dresher Ensemble artist-in-residence in Oakland, Calif., a 2014 Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center grantee, a 2013 Loft Literary Center Equilibrium Fellow in Minneapolis, and was a Board Governor for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs from 2015-2018. His work has been praised by NPR, Performing Songwriter, Electronic Musician, DownBeat, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Learn more at pcmunoz.com.
Demone Carter is an award-winning artist from San José. Performing under the name DEM ONE, he has released several albums and collaborated with notable hip-hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna, and Bambu. In 2014, Carter received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award and in 2016 he was named a 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. In addition to recording and performing, Demone is also the host of the Dad Bod Rap Pod podcast and writes about music, culture, and race for Silicon Valley De-Bug, Content Magazine, and San Jose Inside Blog. @lifeafterhiphop (Instagram)