Rising 11: Amelia Monet
This article is an excerpt from the Rising 11 feature from Issue 01 of GAFFER: ‘England’s Finest’. Available from our online shop now.
Amelia Monet is on a mission, with a determination that belies her age. Singer, model, west end performer and more besides, Monet’s stock is rising faster even then her own social media channels (380k on Instagram alone at the time of printing), as the success of breakout track ‘The Baddest’ (ft fellow Gaffer featured artist EO) struck an instant chord in summer 2018. A savvy youtuber with a serious eye for fashion, it’s clear to see Monet is en route to very big things. We grabbed her to chat through what the future holds and how London and football helped shape her upbringing.
What’s your relationship with football? Do you have a team?
I’m not really a massive football fan, but I would definitely say I know most of the ins and outs, and, to be honest, my favourite team has always been Manchester United, but that’s because their kit is nice! I don’t have a team I specifically support with my life.
Has it inspired your work, and have you their mutual paths crossing at points?
I wouldn’t say it inspired my work as such, but I’d say it definitely helps when you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your music ie: A Game Plan.
How did your upbringing growing up influence what became your sound?
My mother’s influence is definitely what shaped my sound. What types of people or genres of music she listened to helped me find my own. I love old R&B classics. Put anything on I am guaranteed to know it…
We feel there is a tribal energy to football that also exists in music, notably Grime. Do you agree?
I wouldn’t say I agree, but I definitely see the vision and how some people would think that… Actually, it makes sense now I think about it.
How do you see the future relationship between football and music developing?
They’re two different things to me, so I wouldn’t know.
What helps you get into the headspace to create?
Other artists’ music influences me and helps me with what I want to create. A lot of artists have helped me out in a massive way, and they don’t even know it.
Who is, or would be, your ideal artist to collaborate with?
I appreciate everyone’s musicality, but I feel I’d really like to work with Trippie Redd or even Khalid. I just find them interesting and inspiring; especially with what they’ve done and in the time they’ve executed it in.
The UK is undergoing social and political tension on unprecedented levels. Do you feel this is a difficult time to be doing what you’re doing, or the opposite?
I personally like the fact that people are using their platform and their music to help voice opinions of others issues. It’s not hard at all. If anything, this is what’s helping the music scene. The uproar causes tension, which isn’t always good but how can people fix something without knowing what it actually is that is broken?
Which artists are coming through alongside you right now that you admire?
I am friends with a lot of artists, and to be honest I’d say people who are on a come up and deserve recognition are Deji (DTG) and Hakkz.
You need to create a 5 a side team with four other musicians. Who’s on your team?
Da beatfreakz, Deji (DGT) and Deno.