INTERVIEW: Monique Angele
How would you classify your music?
My music is vocal/piano pop with elements of classical.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
My top 5 musical influences are: Queen, Elton John, Coheed and Cambria, Muse, Brad Mehldau.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I want my fans to hear uniqueness and passion in my music. I never want my fans to feel that my songs sound like everyone else and have no conviction. I want to be able to connect to my audience with real genuine emotions.
Tell us about your latest single and video?
The single Answers, was recorded in Sydney, Australia and mixed while living/working on an isolated kangaroo sanctuary in far north Queensland, Australia. It took a while to get this song exactly how I wanted it to sound and feel to a listener. The song is about emotional frustration that one sometimes faces in major decision making. Trying to find answers to the uncertainties in your life and finding inner peace. It incorporate thick harmonies and various instrumentation which delivers a slow build up to the climax of the song. The music video Answers was filmed on the east coast of Australia, while traveling from Brisbane to Melbourne, and in the city of Melbourne. It incorporates many varied scenic locations and contrasts them with urban city scenes to comment on the differences between nature and city. The track itself reflects this idea as it discusses concepts about uncertainty with your current position. It also captures a moment in my life as I made the transition from living/working on an isolated kangaroo sanctuary in far north Queensland, Australia to moving to the busy city of Melbourne.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?
I love writing my own material, performing and showing my music to people. I do hate promoting and booking gigs. It can be quite exhausting and time consuming managing yourself as a artist. I would rather have that time to work on new material and practicing. I also dislike how the music industry sometimes doesn’t like or appreciate new and unique music.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert I went to was “And So I Watch You From Afar.” I just walked in a venue in Toronto one day and saw these guys play, they are incredible! Their musicianship was amazing and the energy that they have when performing was exhilarating. What I like most about playing live is connecting with the audience and unpredictable things that could happen in a live performance. Every performance is always different and exciting. I always learn from each one on how to improve and also observe what went really well.
How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?
I would say that I’m not as afraid to take more risks with my music and I also feel more comfortable in my writing. I feel that I am able to express my art more freely without judging myself too harshly.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
At the moment Coheed and Cambria.
Tell us about the upcoming EP?
The EP “Answers” will be released on Feb 27, 2016. It is a 4track EP, with “ Answers ” being the title track. It is my second EP, and builds on the first one (which was entitled “Monique Angele” and released in early 2014) by incorporating thick harmonic lines and a wider range of instrumental accompaniment while still maintaining a backbone of piano and vocals. It was recorded in Sydney, Australia and mixed while living/working on an isolated kangaroo sanctuary in far northern Australia. It deals with themes of uncertainty and frustration, but also with redemption and finally contentedness. The album release show is March 2nd at Grumpy’s, 125 Smith Street, in Melbourne, Australia.
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