“When music is authentic it hits you in a different place. You can feel it vibrating in your bones. From trap music to pop to the blues and all the way to country, the best songs have always been those that are made for the sake of the art and not for the sake of a dollar.”
Check out the interview with Indigo Monet exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Indigo Monet: I’ve always been in love with music and performing. Music has always lit a flame in my soul, but for a while I was just a dancer. After back up dancing and choreographing for an up and coming artist for about 2 years, I decided the background just wasn’t my thing. So in 2012 I started putting out my own music. And after I performed in Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands in 2014, the energy from the crowd and the way they received me, I just knew this was it for me. I knew that this is what I’m meant to do.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Promo videos. Kind of like mini music videos I put together with my creative director Durell Eason. People love visuals. So giving them something to look at and hear at the same time keeps their attention more. I also do a lot of promo shoots with really dope face paint and outfits complementing some wavy scenery and just post them everywhere with links to my music and stuff.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge would definitely have to be an oversaturated market. It makes it harder to stand out and get noticed if you don’t have established connections already. I overcome that by continuing to just be me. I’ve got all the pieces, it’s just about working hard and making people see what I see in myself and I have no doubt that I will.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown it’s like crabs in a bucket. We all want to be on top and want people to support us, but we don’t want to support each other. That’s what I don’t like. What I do like is those of us that do understand that we can move so much more efficiently together, we’re like a family. I’m from Long Island, land of the underdogs.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I’ve been having a strong feeling that an age of transition is coming or rather an age of getting back in touch with what made us fall in love with music in the first place. I feel like music has become more about gimmicks and how to ride the most popular wave at the time rather than what’s real. Artists just have to make art, and not imitations.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never give up. You’re going to say, “Forget this. I’m just going to go back to reality.” But this is your reality. Just know that it’s coming. Never stop fighting. Never stop creating. Anything that’s worth having doesn’t come easy.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. All my songs are written about real experiences. Whether it be mine or someone else’s. The journey that the universe sets me on and the stories that I pick up along the way are the things that write my music. It’s all about what makes me feel. Whatever ignites a passion.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Usually I get a beat that makes my hairs stand up and I listen to it over and over until a melody just comes from thin air. Then I’ll sing the melody and add some gibberish just to kind of map out the flow. Usually I’ll start with the hook because that’s one of, if not, the most important part of a whole song. Then I structure the song around that. I just do what feels right.
What do you think makes a great song?
Authenticity. When music is authentic it hits you in a different place. You can feel it vibrating in your bones. From trap music to pop to the blues and all the way to country, the best songs have always been those that are made for the sake of the art and not for the sake of a dollar.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: indigomonet.com