February 26, 2015
February 24, 2015
Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Hi. Hey there. Wassup. I’m Montaigne. I wasn’t always Montaigne. I was once a tiny, tiny baby named Jessica Cerro. I enjoyed singing and moving to music from the beginning. I still remember creating routines to ‘This Is What Dreams Are Made Of’ from the Lizzie McGuire Movie. What a classic. I was writing terrible songs from a young age, but never thought I could make a career of music. So I turned to football, which I was also quite good at. And then suddenly, after my mum had me record a song I’d written to layer over a football highlights reel for Ivy League Football Scholarship applications, I had a song in Unearthed High 2012, which wasn’t very good in my own opinion. But other people seemed to like it. I got some attention from radio play, and then after taking a year of hiatus from being in the public eye in order to finish my high school studies, I recorded an EP with Tony Buchen. It was great. We had a superlative time. That EP was released last year. And that, my friends, is where the tale of Montaigne begins.
What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
A little about me umm, I like manga, Top Gear, playing basketball and making music. Rapping all began when my close friend, Cris Gamble invited me to a studio session back in early high school. What we recorded actually sounded pretty good, so I kept at it, honing my skill. Producing started when my cousin Rookie (who was already creating his own beats) suggested I start making beats so that we could create music together. And chasing the dream began when a really close friend and a fan of mine named Christine, convinced me to enter the Melbourne Music Bank Competition. She’s the real MVP.
What had you first interested in music?
I remember back in Kenya, when I was about 5, the first 2 songs (apart from my Sunday school choir songs) I can clearly remember were "What's My Name" by Snoop Dogg & Lil Bow wow and "Ms. Jackson" by Outkast. The first time I heard these songs was while watching the music videos on TV. It was a crazy experience for me as a kid and I think that's how the interest all began.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
The success of my idols always motivates me. Every time any one of them drops a new track or project, I instantly feel like I need to head into the studio and get to work creating my own music.