RGM Introducing – Our interview with Italian Artist Francesca Monte
Hi Francesca welcome to the UK and RGM, lets get to know you a bit.
What made you decide to start to become an artist?
Music is a part of me, I was born with it and it’s a way to express myself. I used to listen to music in my mother’s belly, from Bach to Chopin, my family was made of music lovers and musicians too. My dad used to play bass in the ‘60s, a Hofner 500/1 that we still keep with jealousy and he is also a vinyl collector.
The love for music from the 80’s and 90’s and the constant research for new sounds it’s always been crucial for my artistic growth.
I grew up with progressive rock like Pink Floyd, Nirvana, and the greatest of the genre.
I spent my adolescence listening to various music genres: pop, alternative rock, and electronic music.
I became an artist when I found my music identity, the will of exposing my feelings and the desire to push my own creative inclinations beyond personal limits imposed by society in real life.
Sharing my experiences and my vision through music is what makes me complete and free.
My music was a sort of balm for the wounds.
It makes me happy to think that my music is the soundtrack of people’s lives.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I’m an Italian singer, songwriter, and composer. I started playing the piano and songwriting when I was 14. I performed worldwide in places like the US, the UAE, and all over Europe. I collaborated with the international star Buddy Miles in Dallas when I was 17. In 2014, I participated in “The Voice of Italy”, and the “X Factor 8 Italy” as part of “Komminuet” where I made it to the finale.
I launched my debut single with Sony Music Italy “Domenica” which made it to the first positions in the charts. In 2015 I started my solo career.
The same year I launched the single “Stay”, produced by the DJs Federico Scavo and Alex Kenji. I self-produced my first EP “Una Cattiva Ragazza”, containing 5 songs and reaching the 4th position on Italy’s pop chart.
In 2017 I worked with the Dj Vincent Arena, with whom I produced “ Tonight” (Hit Mania Special Edition). In 2019 I launched a remix of “Don’t Go’ with Dj Kevs.
I’m also a social media influencer on Instagram working as an ambassador for many international brands.
I started my new project with the London based record label “Rotbaum Records” together with Fade To Music publishing, working on a new Concept EP called “Alièn” in 2019 and other singles like “Hello Monsters”, “Little Girl”, “Boy”, “Vertigo” released during 2020/2021, reaching a worldwide audience and counting more than 2M streams on Spotify only.
The EP “Alièn” reached the nº 1 position on iTunes’ electronic chart and its short-film was premiered at Giffoni Experience.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I don’t like to talk about my personal life and I hate gossip.
What support is out there for new artists in Milan?
It’s not easy to find a place in a micro universe that want to suppress artists who are singing in English.
In Italy, the focus is on Indie and Trap Music sung in Italian most of all.
I’ve always had great ambitions.
Together with my label “Rotbaum Records”, we work so hard on every single project to get results in the music industry.
And despite the unsupportive environment we managed to spread our music all around the world, in countries like the US, the UK, Brasil, Russia, Indonesia and more.
Well done, Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Milan unsigned scene?
There are some Italian unsigned artists that I like, but it seems like they make music as a hobby, therefore they are not really inspiring to me. Although there are some artists and producers who I really appreciate because they do not follow trends, like Blanco, Mace, Frenetik & Orange, they are currently signed to major labels.
What would you like to see more of in Milan?
I’d like to see more live shows and a bigger interest to independent artists. The underground scene is too little and underestimated in my opinion.
I would also like to see a bigger development of italian artists singing in English, seeing them breaking worldwide.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Yes I believe that pigeons are the government’s cameras to spy on what we are doing. LOL
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
My biggest satisfaction is that my music is appreciated all over the world.
My visionary project “Alièn” had an unexpected success and a great media coverage.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I write gritty lyrics with a deep sense of my own life experience.
My music can hurt sometimes but it can also make people feel less lonely and alive. I went out of my comfort zone deciding to sing in another language that was not my first and it seems like it’s working out very well for me.
I also decided not to follow the mainstream production choices, trying to create my own identity also through sounds.
I hear you have an EP, what can you tell us about it?
Alièn is a Concept-EP, a new vision of reality focused on sound that comes from a current and future matter, a point of view about the world taken for granted, which lost its roots. Alièn is a journey through space and time and the remotest places of our soul.
This EP is accompanied by a short film directed by Paolo Hanzo and it mixes visual arts with fashion design: the costumes are unique and designed by emerging artists coming from Italy and the UK (Istituto Marangoni London). Ermes De Cristofaro took care of my image, paying attention to every detail, choosing sustainable fashion and focusing on gender-fluid outfits.
Talk me through the thought process of the EP?
The creative process of “Alièn” was very complex.
I feel it’s like a baby to me. My child was conceived with love, with a human carrying a visitor baby.
In the EP you can perceive my critique of society and a cry of despair, but it’s also a message of hope for a peaceful and respectful world.
But only awareness may change the world in my opinion, it’s to preserve our humanity in a increasingly inhuman world.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded the entire Ep “Alièn“ in Rome. It was a relief.
I embraced my lost emotions. I cried and couldn’t control my feelings.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I loved every single moment of the process. Even if it was really hard to do.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
It’s very important to keep growing and improve my music.
I will try to bring my concept on stage all around the world.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I would like to say to emerging artists that if they really believe in something, they have to work hard to realize their dreams, even if it seems impossible.
Do not miss the opportunity to grow and invest in yourself and your future.
The quality, the authenticity, the perseverance are essential to building a credible career.