The Heroine’s Journey of Lonny Montem

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The people I meet and the connection we get.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Inner peace balanced with energy. To accept everything but not being pushed down.

What is my greatest fear? Stopping myself from doing things because I’m afraid of what people would think. So it’s basically : myself.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Absent-mindedness. I forget to many things.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Laura Marling. Because she creates her work with spirituality. And she seems to be very honest in her work.

What is my greatest extravagance? I hitchhiked in Canada and slept in a parking floor that belonged to someone I never met before.

On what occasion would I lie?  If a friend asks me or to spare a heart from being broken. I used to lie for fun, but I stopped it because it’s unfair !

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  Material problems. It’s a great loss of time ! But there aren’t many things that I don’t like.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? During some special moments of « communion » that eventually happen on stage. When every musician is «here and now », playing together and we are totally listening to each other. Nothing makes me more happy.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Ego. I would get rid of my ego. Stop thinking that people won’t like what I’ve done and being more trustful about my work.

What is my greatest achievement in work? To record my debut E.P. with a lot of people that I had to deal with. I had to get answers to questions that scared me a lot.

Where would I most like to live? In Canada, it’s a beautiful place for people who love music and nature.

What is my most treasured possession? My viola.

What is my most marked characteristic? Naivety.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My neighborhood In Paris. It’s a very life-full area. I like to sit and watch people

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My friends’s houses !

What books influenced my life and how? Joan Baez’s autobiography made me wanna write songs. And Eckart Tolle « The Power of Now » teaches a very intelligent process to get out of ego.

Who are my favorite writers? Christian Bobin whom I just discovered. Amelie Nothomb, Virginia Woolf, Eckart Tolle, Him Harrison and Leonard Cohen.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Laura Marling : « Alpha Shallows »

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?  « Dalva », by Jim Harrison.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Patti Smith

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?  « Fargo » by the Cohen Brothers

What role plays art in my life and work? Energy. It’s something that I don’t get to control and that gives me the energy to create. But I don’t really like that word, I think it usually sounds a little « snobbish ». I think anyone who does what he wants with true love and respect could an artist.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My boyfriend.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Jonathan Wilson because I’d love to produce an album with him.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? I’d say Joni Mitchell, I’d love to get to know her and talk about her life and work.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? A new record that I plan to record in my father’s house in the country.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? In Paris for my shows (just look at my website for more informations) and on every digital platform to listen to my debut E.P (out 26/02/2017).

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Well, maybe that passion is inside you, it’s you.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Laura Marling

How can you contact me? my email lonnymontem@gmail.com

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