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Irish rising star Monjola chats his musical firsts, from full circle festival moments to which star might make him freeze.
Monjola burst out of the Irish music scene as an R&B artist with both global ambitions and a strong dedication to honouring his roots. Taking inspiration both from homegrown success stories like Two Door Cinema Club and international superstars like Pharrell Williams and OutKast, he’s created a sound which synthesises the best of both and brings his own personal touch to it.
Paying tribute to the Dublin scene that means so much to him, Monjola established Chamomile Records alongside frequent collaborators and local artists Moyo and Ali Coulibaly, who often share ideas and offer their talents to each other’s work.
He has now dropped the first release of 2022 on Chamomile, his new song “Extrovert”, a sweet and soothing tune that bathes the listener in the summery sound of relaxation whilst hiding a sliver of melancholy which complicates it all. On the tune, Monjola says, “‘Extrovert’ is about wanting to be around people, but also wanting to be alone. The song expresses the confusing and sometimes frustrating emotions that arise from the contradicting states of loneliness – with or without human interaction.”
There’s plenty more from Monjola to come, so we sat down with this rising star to chat about his musical firsts, from his first CD to his first festival and beyond.
First song you ever made?
First time you realised you wanted to be an artist?
First time you faced an obstacle in your career?
First instrument you owned?
First time you felt like giving up?