Music Q&A: Mona

Nick Brown, lead singer and songwriter of the Nashville three piece, chats as they gear up to play Manchester Academy, 17 Oct

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Humans. Every song usually comes from an emotion or emotional response, more so than a story. Not really a story teller, more of an expressionist.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Humans evolve whether they want to or not. Time is an artist in and of itself. We are affected and change in ways we don’t even realise. One way for sure I’ve changed is that I have erased the variable of expectations. Focus on the art more than the response to it.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Breathing and walking. Paying attention. Being aware.

What’s on your rider?
Nothing really at the moment. Water? I don’t know,  I don’t like this question.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience?
Talking about musical experiences becomes name dropping, haha. Travelling the world in general is always surreal. We live on an amazing planet full of amazing cultures and people.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Stand By Me.

What’s your worst lyric?
That would be for the listener to decide. Sometimes the clever gets silly and sometimes the simple is profound. But getting that right is not really for me to sum up.

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