Montaigne set to spread her wings at show
FOR Montaigne, music is a creative outlet.
Although she said it was never her goal to become a "pro rock star", the Sydney pop starlet has gained attention for her moody yet powerful sounds since releasing her EP Life of Montaigne.
Breaking onto the scene in 2012 as a triple j Unearthed High finalist, the young songstress also released the single I'm A Fantastic Wreck, I Am Not An End, and most recently, Clip My Wings to a myriad of well-deserved hype.
But this weekend, she'll perform for the youth of Rockhampton as part of The Set List.
Co-ordinated locally by Rockhampton Regional Council, the project is aimed at getting young people involved in all aspects of a music tour including making programming decisions, and being involved with production and marketing/media.
Local secondary student Charlie Galvin also interviewed Montaigne recently and wrote an article as part of the project.
Speaking to Pulse recently, Montaigne said she was excited to play Rockhampton with local support acts, Will Hearn and Maddy Dyer.
"I'm learning to play in a different way, I want people to be smiling while listening to my music no matter how sad it sounds," she said.
Currently working on turning up the tempo to her sound, Montaigne said she hoped audiences would get the opportunity to dance more at shows.
"Most exclusively my music is the kind people stand and listen to but I want them to stand and move around," she said.
"I want to do fun stuff on stage and make music that's danceable, because I think I'm a fun person, I have fun with life so I want to share that with people.
"I'm working out performing those kinds of songs and how it's going sound in a live context.
"So my new stuff is more dance electronic music you can move to, I've been using some synths and stuff."
As far as giving advice to young musicians who want to make a career out of their talents, Montaigne's advice was short but significant.
"When you're putting your music out there, always try to continue to get better at it, never rest on what you might think is the peak of your sound," she said.
Her latest video, Clip My Wings, was directed by Guy Franklin and John Gavin which has also received great reviews.
"I didn't come up with the plotline, but I did drive the inspiration behind it visually as I had the very distinct idea of falling and flying in my head....because I am obsessed with this video game called Kingdom Hearts - a game which formed much of my creative style," she explained.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Montaigne w/ support acts Will Hearn and Maddy Dyer
WHERE: The Pilbeam Theatre, entrance via the loading dock in the laneway.
WHEN: Sunday, from 5.30pm
TICKETS: $25, phone 4927 4111 and online at seeitlive.com.au