Prints of Monaco is an NYC indie rock band. They play sadboysongs for you. They use brushstrokes of synths and guitars to create musical prints, searching for catharsis.
After working with Greylock Records at Virtue and Vice Studios they are releasing the results song by song in 2019.
Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.
I’m not sure I prefer one over the other. A great thing about music is that it’s not a binary comparison, and different songs fit different moments.
Sure, production approaches have changed significantly over the years, and I love tracks with modern, popular production.
However, there are aspects of older songs that blow new ones out of the water.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
So far it’s really been the completion of each song I’ve written. It’s so satisfying feeling like I can call a song “done.”
Tell us how you protect your singing voice.
I like to play with dynamics and volume so that I’m not always belting. I also avoid alcohol prior to shows.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
“A Clue Recited” actually describes a lot of why I’m into music. It provides a creative outlet for catharsis, and music connects and unites people. It’s also a skill that can always be honed, so there’s always room to grow.
Discuss creativity and originality in music.
Music is a reflection of some aspect of the creator, and all people are unique. Therefore, if a person decides to honestly express themselves in music, then their work will be completely original from others’ music. That’s pretty cool to me.
Tell us your plans pertaining to music.
Release songs for the rest of my life.
Tell us the secret of success.
I don’t believe there’s one secret to success, but a constant is that one must try.
Try and practice constantly at whatever you want to succeed in and it may work out.
Tell us how you become a musician.
If you have a passion for music and are patient enough to keep trying, then that’s pretty important. The point at which you call yourself a musician is the point at which you are satisfied with your own self-expression in my opinion.
Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
This song was meant to be a comfort to people, so if it makes people feel warm and good in any way I would feel that tenfold.
Where I feel sad in other songs that Prints of Monaco plays is typically when I revisit sad times in my life or other’s lives.
However, I think revisiting sad feelings and memories can be helpful in moving past them in a healthy way.
List the people that assisted in making this song.
Eitan Akman, Sebastian Chiriboga, Junichi Arima, Cale Hawkins, Ben Talmi, Drewofthedrew, and Maddie Rice. All amazing people.
Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.
I work full time.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you went for this genre.
I play Indie Rock, but there are a lot of influences in Prints of Monaco’s sound.
I told people at first as a joke that we play sadboysongs. This term stuck past the punchline so now I refer to that as our sound.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I’ve written Prints of Monaco songs almost entirely by myself. Although it’s really fun to write with other people, I thrive in self-imposed seclusion. It allows me to develop certain ideas that may take more time than a two-hour session with another writer.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
I love having a producer to bounce ideas off of. I’ve been working with Ben Talmi out of Greylock Records for a while now, and we’re pretty comfortable when it comes to developing a tune.
I don’t relinquish all control in terms of production, but it’s really important to have someone you respect to bounce ideas off of.
If you don’t you might convince yourself certain things sound good when they don’t to most people.
Tell us the story behind this song.
“A Clue Recited” grew during a time where I was getting kind of down on music as a helpful or measurably positive way to spend my time.
I got caught thinking: grand scale, making music isn’t as effective in doing well for others as being a doctor or humanitarian.
I started writing this song as an ironic criticism of making music but ended up reversing the course.
I found myself trying to describe how songs can bring meaning to life, and unite people.
In terms of sound, I loved how the song “July” by BOY is so comforting and wanted to emulate this somehow.
Tell us your favorite brand of microphone.
Lauten Audio’s Clarion FC-357! It matches my voice well and is very versatile with guitars and other instruments.