Monique Angele- Melbourne Australia – Operatic Piano Pop
Cinematic, ascending piano playing and a classically operatic trained voice makes the artist, Monique Angele, a rising star. Her latest EP Alive is ripe with cathartic lyrics and cascading sounds. She pens anthem like songs such”Forever Strong”, “Hold On” and “I Want a World”. These tracks bubble with enthusiasm and gusto. I especially enjoyed “Rare Girl’ it’s nod to being your own best self, quirks and all. If you looking for a classy chanteuse, look no further. She will fill your auditory senses up with feathery piano and buoyant voice.
Monique graciously agreed to answer a few questions for me…
Tell me about your impetus to create and your creative process?
I get inspired to write music from my own personal life experiences and also world events. I usually write my songs organically – the song process comes from a thinking from a melody, chord structure or lyrics, whichever comes first.
How do you feel about the current state of music today? I’ve spoken to several artists who basically are DIY from booking venues, festivals, getting paid, and getting the word out about their music. Tell me how you are getting gigs and getting your music out?
I think it’s a great time for people to get their music out there but also a very difficult time. With the internet and very accessible music platforms it’s easier than ever to get your music online and share it. However since it is so easy now there is a huge saturation of musicians all trying to get their music heard which makes it very competitive. I self-manage myself as an artist and sometimes it can be quite difficult and a lot of work. I try to stay active as much as possible in the music scene by performing and I also post a lot about my music on social media. I also try to keep releasing new material as often as I can. I continuously set new goals fro myself so I always have a project in the works. I love creating and performing music so I can’t give up even though its tough to get your music heard.
I find there is alot of sweet sounds coming out of Australia of late, not that OZ wasn’t a hot bed for talent. What do you feel the difference is in the vibe out there? How did you find the music scene in Canada?
I find that Australia was very welcoming when I first arrived here. They are very open to different genres and sounds. Toronto and Melbourne are quite similar cities when it comes to the music scenes. Toronto has more of a focus on raw rock sounds and hip hop, where Melbourne is a bit more on the polished sound from my experience. Both countries have a lot of great music to offer and I think the music scenes are constantly evolving with different genres.
Where would you like to travel? Does traveling help you music?
I would like to travel all over Europe, parts of South America and South East Asia at the moment. Yes, I do think travelling helps with my music. It definitely gives me a different perspective on life and can inspire me to write. Being in a different environment always gives me ideas.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to pretty much anything, but at this moment a bit of grunge – Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana.
Do you work a job or are you a full time musician?
I do have a day job to pay the bills.
Tell me a fun fact about you. Something unrelated to music.
I used to be a dancer. When I was younger I wanted to be a professional dancer but decided the lifestyle wasn’t for me.