Hella Juiced: Victoria Monet

July 11, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Victoria Monet proves she can do it all. Whether she’s singing, songwriting, dancing, opening arenas for Ariana Grande, or collaborating with Fifth Harmony, the LA-based artist is ready to show the world her real talents behind the mic. With the release of her most recent EP, Life After Love Pt. 1., Victoria was able to touch on all the emotions that come with love and heartbreak. Read more…

Inspired by some of music’s greatest female artists such as Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, and Aaliyah, Victoria serves as a role model for all aspiring females in the industry, giving them the self-confidence needed to achieve their dreams. Through her music, she gives listeners a front-row seat to not only her journey in the industry but in life.

For those who don’t know, who is Victoria Monet?
She’s a singer- songwriter from Sacramento, California.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a mix of the best of 90s R&B divas, like Aaliyah. I’m very inspired by Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson as well, mixed with a little bit of new school vibe-y kind of music.

How did you get your start?
It’s kind of a hard thing to wrap up, but it started with an audition for Rodney Jerkins’ girl group. When I made it into the group, we flew down to Los Angeles and within two weeks, I had moved. So I started my recording and songwriting career under his wings, then it just went on from there.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I feel like it’s the quickest way. I think that it’s less important now more than ever, just because of things like the internet. Now, people can do things without being in person. But just to run into people, and expand your connections, I think is definitely important to be in this melting pot of people between here, New York, Atlanta, and sometimes Houston.

Talk about your Nightmares & Lullabies EP. What do you want fans to get from your story?
Nightmares & Lullabies was my first love, my first project I put out as an artist after writing for so many people. It was a very experimental project. I think it was pretty left of center and fun. So going into Life after Love, I feel like it’s a little bit more of a seasoned version of my music and me. I feel that every project that I put out beyond this point should increase from here.

How hard was it to transition from songwriter to artist?
Being from Sacramento, when I was there, I was under the impression that if you’re an artist, you do write your own songs. I didn’t really know the details for that, so it kind of went hand-in-hand. It was more new for me to write for other people, than it was for me to just write songs and that be me as an artist. It’s kind of cool though to just experiment with different genres, things that don’t really fit your voice, and be able to give it to somebody else and they can perfect it.

Talk about your pen game. You’ve worked with some of music’s hottest artists. What is that like?
It’s really cool! It gives me an inside view of what it takes to be successful, because all of them are more successful than I am as an artist. So I get to see behind the scenes of their team, their process, and some of the planning. I think it’s a really cool seat to have as a dual purpose person, artist and songwriter.

Your “Freak” video shoot! Can you talk about your outfit? You listed all your inspirations and I love that!
It was kind of cool and hard at the same time to find things I was able to move in. We did all the rehearsals before the fittings of the outfit. Joey Thao was the stylist. He’s incredible. He’s also from Sacramento and I’ve known him since high school. He was really easy to work with, and he definitely made it work.

Can you talk about being inspired by Missy, and the other OG’s that you named?
I think just because of my upbringing and hearing the radio at the school, and seeing what other people like. It was super inspiring, and what made me want to do music. To now, being able to have a little bit of a budget to recreate something like that. It’s super cool as an adult to be able to tap into what made you fall in love with it in the first place.

What’s the greatest memory from touring with Ariana Grande.
Hmmm, there’s so many! I feel like it has to be the one in Manchester, just because it showed so much bravery, fearlessness, community, and love. I don’t really think you can top that type of healing.

Favorite song to perform in a set?
I like the dance breaks. [laughs] I always try to do a current song with a hip-hop dance break. And it’s usually the song people know. It’s just dance. So I feel it’s a little bit less pressure than when you’re singing and dancing, then you’re tired. It’s just fun to just take a second, and entertain and dance to the crowd. And they’re also super into it because they know the song. For tour, I loved performing “Bad and Boujee.” [laughs] Like a Migos breakdown.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Dang, 10?! Hopefully, I have a family and a bunch of awards under my belt. Really successful albums and tours, covers on magazines, brands like makeup and hair products. I want to be a mogul, like have a personal brand. In addition to that, have a personal life. I think it’s super important to have that.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I think maybe dancing. If I wasn’t singing, then I’d probably want to dance for Beyonce, dance for Janet. Somewhere close in entertainment still. And hopefully, eventually acting.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I don’t know about the best, but the most crazy one is when this one fan licked my cheek. It was the most shocking thing!

You know who said that? Xavier Omar. I asked him the same question and he said a fan on stage licked his cheek.
Shocking! You don’t even know what to do! Do you push them? Or do you… it’s just the craziest thing. Like what just happened?

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
I think Sade actually.

Dream collab?
Her. But I mean, Jesus Christ, it’s only been Jay-Z! I’m also definitely dreaming Drake. I think he’s the perfect music supporter. I feel like if you have a feature from Drake, then you’re set. He’s just so talented.

Is there anything else you want to let anyone in California know?
That part 2 is coming of Life after Love. I’m still writing for other people, so look out for new music and videos.

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