[PREMIERE] MONOGEM Releases “Wait And See” Remix EP
Jen Hirsh, who releases her music under the moniker MONOGEM, was one of last year’s most explosive indie darlings. Her single “Wait And See” delivered sleek, minimalist percussion under bouncy synths and Hirsh’s strong, coarsely textured vocals, which she often layers for harmony. In astrology, a Monogem ring is the supernova remnant of a bursting star. In the world of music, a remix EP is a similar concept: the beautiful aftermath of something already enticing.
Premiering today on Galore is the Remix EP for “Wait And See,” which you can listen to below. We also chatted with MONOGEM about sexuality, Hillary Clinton, and Drake’s much-scrutinized dance moves.
Where are you from and when did you get involved in music?
I was born in raised in a small suburb north of Los Angeles: Agoura Hills. Even though my parents aren’t musical, music was a huge part of my life at an early age. Some of my earliest memories include listening to the Beatles and Pavarotti with my dad – (I know, random, but I was obsessed with Pavarotti). I’ve been singing since age 4, and really started taking it seriously in high school when I got a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, I truly fell in love with jazz and soul; there was no turning back after college.
The internet fell in love with you and your track “Wait And See.” What has the last year been like after its release?
The last year has been really exciting for MONOGEM. It’s an incredible feeling to know that people out there are listening…seeing new faces at my shows singing along is absolute magic!
What’s special about these remixes that we’re premiering today on Galore?
I love hearing remixes of my music. I feel like I get a glimpse into someone else’s brain for a few minutes. It’s amazing to hear a song that was once so close to me get completely transformed into something fresh and new.
How comfortable are you performing live? How do you hope you come off when on stage?
I thrive on stage; it’s where I feel I am meant to be. I always want to give a good show and try to add as much as I can, musically, to do so. I hope people see me as confident and sexy, but most of all I want people to see that I am happy and enjoying every minute.
Is sexuality important to you when it comes to music?
I consider myself a very sexual person, and that part of me definitely comes out when I perform—it’s not something I can just turn on. It just happens naturally. Music flows out of artists in different ways. For me it’s a full body, sensory experience.
What type of person do you think is connecting to your music?
Somebody who loves some soulful grit and likes to dance.
If your music were any type of drug or drink, what would it be?
Probably a nice mix of tequila on the rocks and a couple hits of a joint. Who doesn’t love a cross-fade?
What’s it like being an up-and-comer female musician, working in an industry that seems male-dominated?
This business is tough no matter what gender you are—but I do happen to love being a female in this industry. It makes me feel empowered and it’s pretty badass to be a woman making music and doing what I am most passionate about.
Did you ever have a moment where you weren’t sure if music was the right path for you?
It’s very easy to complain about the nature of the music industry and how difficult it is, but I have never once doubted if this is my path or not. As long as I am creating and exercising my musicality, I will be happy.
Can you describe your sense of style, both on and off stage?
Off stage I am a skinny jeans and t-shirt kind of girl…comfortable, classy and simple. On stage you’ll find me showing a little more skin – boobs and legs are my thing. Black is always a winner in my book; it’s sexy and sleek.
What are your thoughts on streaming music or not paying for it?
As much as I’ve tried to resist getting my music for free, it’s just the way of the world now. I appreciate what huge artists are saying and doing about this (Taylor Swift and Jay Z), but for where I am at right now, I want my music to be heard everywhere and for people to come dance with me at my shows.
Who’s got your vote for president?
Hillary all the way.
Were you into Drake’s slick dance moves in “Hotline Bling”?
I don’t care what anyone says, Drake looks like a fucking G in that video.