Dec 5, 2011

Sonia Montez - singer songwriter, USA (E98)

About: Sonia Montez,talented artist from Brooklyn

"Sonia Montez is Singer-Songwriter from Brooklyn, her songs echoing her adoration of humanity and myriad of experience. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon, and Mercedes Sosa to name a few, her knack for phrasing and harmonization is captivating. She began her musical career at age 6, joining El Coro de Ninos de San Juan, the world renowned children’s choir. Studying voice and violin, she eventually tired of rote classical training, and set out to teach herself the guitar. She emerged as a songwriting force, dazzling audiences and busy crafting her next masterpiece."

1). If you had a chance to be in a movie, what movie and what part would you choose?
I have zero acting chops so hopefully that will never happen. I am a big fan of funny buddy action movies and I don't think there are ones where chicks are the main protagonists so if there is ever a Bridesmaids meets Pineapple Express (or Shaun of the Dead) type of flick being made, I'd like a cameo in that.

2). Would you like to have your own radio station? If yes - What would you name it and what music would you play on it?
I did run a radio show in college for half a semester but I played stuff to annoy people then. If I had one now, I'd format it like a play my live shows. With banter in between songs and no specific genre. Anything from jazz standards, classic rnb, soul, grunge, instrumental movie scores, classic rock, hip hop, spanish popular songs from the 40's. Anything I find speaks to me and my peers. Absolutely no factory made mind numbing pop. It could be called WTMI, Too Much Information Radio. I think we're on to something here.

3). Name the three characteristics that you think are most important for a musician to have.
I think dedication (verging on stupidity), a work to the bone ethic (verging on stupidity), and an ability to not always know where your next paycheck will come from (which is stupid, if you think about it). Really just the ability to be both very smart and creative but too stupid to quit.

4). Does your family like your music? Do they support you?
I have a big Hispanic family which is made up of a lot of musicians. They are the ones responsible for me becoming one as well. I couldn't have had a more supportive and encouraging group of musical folk around. Music was an integral part of my upbringing, a real constant and it still continues. My cousin plays in my band (and I in hers). I always have family at shows.

5.Please share with us your first experience on stage. Where was it and how did it go?
My very first time singing in front of people (about a thousand), I was 5 and in was in a catholic church, the altar is kind of like a stage. I don't remember much of that but I do remember the first time I sang my own songs in public. It was in the East Village. I was 14 and the minimum age was 16, so I had to sneak in at the Sidewalk Cafe's Anti-hootenany Open Mics they had at the back of the bar on Mondays. The lineup was determined with a number draw (where they put in a bunch of numbers in a bag then the artists pick them from the bag) which the host then promptly failed to follow so I ended staying way past my curfew. By the end of my first song I had actually gotten a room full of jaded NYC musicians and artists to stay quiet for more than a minute and I got a big applause. Needless to say, I was hooked. Thus began my stupidity, ha ha.

Listen to: Sonia Montrez - Red Moon

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