Hello, we’re Monarchy. Andrew (the producer) and Ra (me, the singer). We’re writing to you from a London dungeon, otherwise know as our basement studio.
2)How did you come up with the name “Monarchy”?
Even though the British Monarchy have have become almost irrelevant, except for generating tourism, somehow the word Monarchy still maintains its weight from 200 years ago. When we came upon this name during a game of Who The Fuck Are You, it struck a chord with us. We often think about the illusion of choice and how we feel like music has been like an affliction from birth upon us.
3)Are there any musicians who inspire you?
There are many; Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Fyfe Dangerfield, LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Hot Chip, Fever Ray, to name a few.
4) Have you got PLANES for the next future? Album will be released on January 24, what should we expect from it?
Wow! The “next future”, that sounds like a great place to be. Actually, it sounds like a good album name, or a Sci-fi book. While much of our music is four on the floor, when planning is concerned, we opt for a more freeform jazz approach. We have finished the album and we love it, but we keep on coming up with good ideas. The last to make it on is an almost a cappella synthetic voiced song about a robot being infused with humanity. As for the rest of the album, it has moments of sadness, warmth, dancing (but maybe just by yourself), and moments of quiet reflection.
5)There will be gigs in Italy? Remember, here in south we’re crazy for your sound!
We would love to do some shows in Italy! Not only because we love playing live and our Italian fans are so superb, but it would be a great opportunity to go ice cream hunting. The best ice cream I’ve ever tasted was in Italy. That may seem trivial to you, but for me, ice cream is a great passion.
6)We’ve finished. Greets the followers in your preferred language and recommend us a song.
Ciao! We’ll leave you with “Not In Love” by Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith. It’s beautifully cold and emotive. We can’t get enough of it.