BN1 Chat’s with JARKI MONNO ahead of The Great Escape

What inspired you to pursue a career in music and how did you get started?

I think at first it was more so the release for myself in why I started writing music, to to get the thoughts and emotions that were in my head out on paper was really cathartic and allowed me to move on from tough times or to be able to relive amazing times and that was why I started it and I think in doing that and releasing music, and then playing live and seeing how others reacted to it and they were going through the same thing. I think that was what then actually led me to wanting to pursue a career in music, the idea of being able to help people, through my struggles, there was something really beautiful about that.

Can you share a memorable experience from a previous live performance that has stayed with you?

I played a show in Manchester on tour at the back end of 2022 and a girl that had followed my music for a while had travelled all the way from Belgium just for the night to come and watch me playing in Manchester. I think the fact that was a moment of realising how far my music travelled And somebody has gone out of there way to come and see me play for 45 minutes to an hour in a fairly small venue, how much that meant to them was mine blowing to me and reassured myself that I was doing the right thing in life and that this career choice may have been right after all.

How does the music scene in Brighton influence your creativity and style?

 The music scene in Brighton really opened my eyes to the depth of the creative scene. originally I come from a small town where music isn’t really a thing, this career of music, so I didn’t know the full scale and how vast the scene was. I learnt about so many new artists through meeting other people which certainly in some way shape or form helped craft my own sound today as well as them just being amazing people as well, and an amazing scene to be in,  just to be myself and everybody accepts everybody, especially in a world that can be quite tough in that sense, and just allow me to put my guard down and lay my soul into the music

What message or emotions do you aim to convey through your music to your audience?

 I just like to convey that it’s alright to be in pain a lot of the time, it’s alright to hurt. It’s alright to be in a bad patch but through that I feel there’s an uplifting message at the end of it that it’s all going to be alright and no matter where you’re at in life whether you had a bad week bad month bad year, in that moment when I’m on stage I like to feel that those in the audience can be 100% them self and bear their soul in that moment.

Who are some of your musical influences and how have they shaped your sound?

Influences change with where I’m at in life, I mean the list could go on. I feel right now it’s very much Sam Fender Mac Miller Holly Humberstone to name a few. I mean the first albums I ever bought were Eminem‘s Curtain Call and Green Day’s American idiot. When growing up my mum used to play Jack Johnson‘s albums in the car when we used to drive to France, Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business and even Harry Connick Junior and as different as they all are, I’m sure that all of these records shaped where I am today in some way.

How has your music evolved since you first started creating and performing?

With time I feel I’m becoming more and more vulnerable and allowing myself to express more and more about my life and feelings. It’s a self therapy kind of thing, telling myself and understanding positions I’m in in life. I feel with each chapter of my music. I come to learn more about myself and who I want to be as a person I’ve never wanted to be one that’s stuck in a genre box. I’d like to be free in my music and allow it to travel whatever direction is needed at the time, right now it’s on an indie pop route, but I’ve made rap mix tapes before, dance music, anything and everything really hahaha.

What do you hope the audience takes away from your performance?

I like to think that the audience can take away that it’s okay not to be okay. I kind of lose myself on stage. It’s a chance where I can lay all of the bad thoughts and leave them on there. In doing so I hope people can take something from that and maybe try and implement it in their own life in some way.

How do you stay motivated and inspired to create music, especially during challenging times?

 This journey is so up & down, the one thing I would say is that if you’re not being creative at points, don’t force it. I’ve been in those positions and it doesn’t help in the slightest. if there are troubles in your life, it’s so important to attend to them in the correct way properly, I certainly find my creative outlet opens up once again but that only comes with time. When I’m at a Highpoint creativity wise, I just like to run with it for as long as possible, book as many sessions as possible without burning yourself out of course. Find Who you work well with and keep them in your circle, people who let you be 100% undoubtedly yourself, and just have fun with it and write what you want. The reason we start this out in the first place when nobody else is there is because it makes us feel good and that should never change.

If you could collaborate with any musician, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

I’d love to collaborate with Frank Ocean. I’ve admired his work for years now, his writing style. His approach to lyrics and I’m always fascinated by his production so I just think it will be cool to be in a studio space with him and just see how he works, if I could be cheeky and have one more person it would definitely be Sam fender, everything he says resonates so close with me and hits exactly where it should in my soul, so it would be a pleasure to do so with him also.

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to break into the music industry?

Be Yourself, trust the process and do it how you want to do it. We live in a world where it’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s views, thoughts and words that sometimes we lose sight of our own ambitions and dreams. It doesn’t happen overnight, but believe that it will happen someday, ride the highs and accept the lows.

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