With a new EP out now, Mons Vi sat down to have a quick chat about lyrical matter, reading material, and what song’s been helping him get through the past few months as the world is still sitting on pause.
To hear ‘Want You Here,’ please head here.
Kendra: When you headed off to Columbia, was music something you had in the back of your mind as something you wanted to pursue?
Mons Vi: Definitely. The reason I wanted to go to Columbia was to be in NYC and pursue music.
Kendra: Do you feel that because you studied writing there is more pressure on you lyrically?
Mons Vi: No, but I do feel best when I’m writing songs that have something to say.
Kendra: Speaking of, how would you compare your lyricism five years ago to where you are now?
Mons Vi: I’m more direct with my words.
Kendra: Your latest release, ‘Want You Here,’ is sort of an ironic title with all that’s going on right now in the world. With that, if you could be stuck being safer at home with one author and one musician – which two would you want there?
Mons Vi: I’d like to hang out with Lou Reed and since I’m reading a book of his now, James Joyce.
Kendra: In ten years, which song from ‘Want You Here’ do you feel you’ll look back on as the one that best depicted who you were when you created that EP?
Mons Vi: “Perfect Opportunity.”
Kendra: Usually, this is where I ask people what they have planned in the coming months but with the world in a strange place right now, plans aren’t as concrete as they typically are. You can go ahead and let us know what you have tentatively planned but can you also share a song that never fails to get you through when the world around you feels like a mess?
Mons Vi: I’m going to be recording my debut album in the next couple of months, and the song is Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”