Munchy

A life dedicated to the great reggae music:

Being a full-time sound engineer as well as a journalist, media designer, dancehall dancer, host and part of a sound system I'm just grateful that I can live it like that.

Known as Munchy, the sound engineer, journalist and dancer was born Ursula Elisabeth M√ľnch on January 12, 1984 in Bavaria, South Germany. Always carrying unrestrained love for music she started writing for fan club magazines and visited concerts and festivals from an early age, having her attending the Chiemsee Reggae Summer for 13 years in a row.

While her two professional trainings as both sound engineer and audio-visual media designer, that were followed by employments at several national TV and radio stations, she started writing for the German e-zine www.reggae-bash.de, that had her covering many events such as the revival of the Jamaica Sunsplash in 2006. With her reputation she eventually joined www.reggaeville.com four years later as both a writer and a presenter, being well-known especially for her video interviews with international reggae and dancehall artists, DJs and producers. In 2012 she became part of the team at Riddim, the biggest print magazine on reggae music and culture in Germany.

In the meantime she still carried out her love for sound engineering not only with her professional career but also her Rosenheim based sound system Righteous Riddims, who made a mark by promoting parties and shows in their home town as well as with their various mixtape series and a mobile dubplate studio, that had Munchy recording with artists such as Gentleman, Capleton, Julian Marley and Konshens. She is specialised in vocal recording, dubplate mixing and mastering as well as remixing and even jingle production.

With an own studio at her apartment Munchy decided to cover another field of journalism and started producing her own radio shows for www.raggakings.net in 2008. Her annual two-hour retrospective on reggae and dancehall, completely written, recorded and mixed by herself rapidly evolved into one of the most popular shows, combining well-researched presentation and professionally mixed music. Her comprehensive knowledge of music had her also parting with Kingston Hot radio in 2011. The most popular German reggae radio show on the internet, presented weekly by the Jugglerz Shotta Paul and DJ Meska, broadcasts her column 'Wha Gwaan Munchy?!?' once a month, having the journalist commenting on the latest news and gossip from the scene. With her popular unique voice Munchy also recorded jingles, spots and skits for various sound systems and mixtape series.

In the little free time left the professional, who still refers to herself as 'just a huge reggae fan', never missed out on her love from early: dancing. After winning Nuremberg Dancehall Queen in 2006 she teamed up with her former opponents to form Badda Gyalore, a dance group specialized in both routines and acrobatic, performing shows throughout Germany and supporting artists such as TOK, Maximus Dan and Million Stylez on stage. With her reputation as journalist and presenter she also became host of the annual German Dancehall Queen Contest for the past four years, after still competing in 2007 and placing fourth.

In 2012 Munchy moved to her second home Kingston and started volunteering for the German-Jamaican non-profit organisation HELP Jamaica!, that establishes library and educational projects in inner-city communities. Living in the capital of reggae music she is now also focusing more on journalism with reports, articles and interviews straight from the island. Additionally she started supporting several musicians and artists with media consulting and PR.

Hard working and dedicated are two of the most important characteristics Munchy considers herself, that enabled her to 'live the life I love' and will surely have her reach even further in future, as there are still fields, she hasn't covered yet.

Munchy

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