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Artist story: Monĕsk: Blending Electronica, Progressive House, and Melodic Techno

Driven by a beat that urges you to dance, his music combines sequenced basslines, guitar and percussion to create a unique sound. From melodic and poppy to more technical, the music of Monĕsk is always something special. Despite occasional setbacks and doubts, he is happy to be doing what he loves, making the music he is passionate about.

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April 19, 2023

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What's your band/artist name? Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career/projects so far?

In 2020, my alias Monĕsk saw the light of day. I was experimenting with electronic music long before my first release. Then when I moved to another city for an internship, because regular rehearsals with my band weren't that easy anymore, I had a bit of time for a new musical project. So my first EP Self-Reflection was almost completely made in Cologne. At that time I couldn't estimate how "serious" Monĕsk would become. And it's still not serious: it's just incredibly fun, and that's why I stuck with it. 

How did you get into music and what were /are your influences? 

Actually, the typical story: when I was nine, I thought rock bands were cool and started playing guitar. We then formed the band RC-Plane in 2011, when we were all about thirteen. At that time we were inspired by the Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine. With each year of life, the musical horizon became bigger and nowadays I would just call myself a music lover. 

Which partners / artists have inspired / accompanied you on your way and how? 

First of all I have to mention my band mates! Without the guys and our common dream I might not have become a musician. 

How would you describe your music or your sound? 

Monĕsk definitely does something between electronica and progressive house and melodic techno. Everything is beat-driven and danceable, I love sequencer basslines and combine that with guitar and percussion. Sometimes it just gets a bit melodic, sometimes more tech-y, sometimes poppy and sometimes it's just "different". 

What was your most formative experience in your career so far? 

The huge success of Amoenus by my standards surprises me to this day and I'm happy almost every day that this track has developed a life of its own, even if it's a humble one. This has shown me that as musicians we cannot control the reception of our art. Our job is actually simple: release what we ourselves are passionate about at the moment. After that, each piece of music goes its own way. 

Can you tell us about the ups and downs of your musical career? How did you master them and what did you learn from them? 

To be honest, the ups and downs of my musical career only happen in my head. When things don't go fast enough for me or the Impostor Syndrome kicks in again. Objectively, however, things are going steadily upwards, at a realistically dignified pace. Right now I'm studying composition for film - that's incredibly fun. I'm just happy to be able to do what I love now. 

How did you get involved with MusicHub and why did you choose our platform? 

I found out about the MusicHub beta in a GEMA newsletter and signed up for it right away. So I was one of the first to use the platform. My main arguments for MusicHub are the location in Germany and the connection to GEMA. Also, I know there are fantastic people working there! 

Tell us more about your latest MusicHub release. 

My current track Fading Memories (released 7th of April) is a warm and melodic progressive house tune with a techno twist. I unfortunately had to neglect Monĕsk a bit because of my studies, but I couldn't resist producing new tracks. Now I'm taking it upon myself to release more regularly as well. 

What goals do you still want to achieve? What are your plans for the future? 

I don't really want to look that far into the future. I can't foresee the opportunities that may or may not arise anyway. For the future, I only plan to take advantage of the opportunities that may come. This summer I'm playing some shows again as Monĕsk with my live set, I'm really looking forward to that. 

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