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Conversations with Monté Priice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monté Priice.

Monté, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Communication issues followed me growing up and it resulted in my inability to express myself the way I’d like. I get swamped with intense emotions like anger, frustration, or sorrow; too embarrassed or unaware to realize. A lapse of good judgment, I’m sure everyone can relate to. Music had a big influence within my family, and being in that type of environment, it became instinctual that my creativity and related emotions started to intertwine with this form of art. I then began writing my own lyrics to instrumentals while in High School. This began my passion that evolved through my pursuit at Metalworks, studying Digital Music Production. After a few years of diversifying my craft, I emerged as a Recording Artist, which started a ripple effect in musical ventures and inspiration followed. I created my own avenues while breeding consistency and an eagerness to learn, it led me through the completion of various industry programs, such as; Remix Project, BizStart & Business In The Streets (B.I.T.S). I spent the last few years developing my skills as a Music Producer, Songwriter and Entrepreneur. I’ve been through countless studio sessions, alone and with artists, working alongside other producers, attending networking events, and discovering new passions like photography. In 2019, I interned with my mentor, Sean Diamond as a Behind the Scenes photographer and the growth sky rocketed. The company of like-minded people inspired change and molded the entrepreneur and business owner I am today. My content creation, proof of concept and portfolio thickened, and the next opportunity was steady on the way. Nycesound Production is a Record label, Music & Sound Production Company, which I obtained a photography internship with, solidifying my skills as a photographer. This transitioned into a professional position, where I continuously give and add value to production sets. I’ve established my flexibility in a growing industry, and the journey thus far has ensured I’m a good fit. I’m excited about what it has to offer and strategic next steps ahead.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The industry is deep and cutthroat. Going through life means fighting our own insecurities. There’s been influence for my lack of clarity and state of mind in the past so therefore, I feel certain opportunities were left at the table. Although it assures my paved direction, signs of passion and patience gave me great vision and transformation. This transition was one of the most challenging parts of becoming an entrepreneur. I had to face my own stories and get rid of particular ways of thinking. A familiar saying my mother would iterate to me would keep me pushing forward. “Life is always happening for you, never to you.” I kept focus at times when I felt like giving up. and I’ve realized that nobody else will know what you’re going through, nor will they pick up any pieces you let drop. So keep up with precision and accept tunnel vision so we do not go astray.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a Music Producer, Editor & Composer, I create music for Independent Artists, T.V, Films, Commercials and Media. Having immersed myself in the genres of traditional Hip Hop and R&B, the influence of alternative music creation sparked a journey of experimentation. This allowed me to adapt and take on many variations, making introductions into Electronic R&B, Funk & Orchestral to diversify my palette. I appreciate the music-making process and indulge in this world, although my artist days are slim to none, despite the occasional submissions of music to advertising agencies, music supervisors and music & media production companies… I am inspired by the passion of others and am consistently working to create and give back to the creative community and The Arts.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have to give credit to Sean Diamond of The Sean Signature Collection for being an incredible mentor and supportive individual, truly believing in me and influencing core changes for me to grow; KC of Special Kace Consultancy for always thinking outside of the box and leading through her strategic ways as an entrepreneur. She challenges our conversation, never leaving things at the surface. This really helps propel my growth while working on production sets and creative projects with artists and models; Nycesound Production Team for providing me the opportunity to develop my skills in a professional home as a photographer; Darryl Riley of New Nu Ent. for seeing my vision, and trusting me in my early years of development, with my first job at a recording studio as an engineer; Umi, my mentor at Biz Start for always keeping it real and being a constant aid for assistance; My Mother for the continuous push and encouraging my passionate endeavours. It confirms that this is the best path for me; My Pops for helping me in times of need without judgment and his undeniable understanding, regardless of our different perspectives or opinions. The love and respect is always present. Ricki and Rich Kidd for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Remix project in my early years as a creative. That’s truly been an important stepping stone in my career, it provided perspective and understanding of the industry we are a part of.

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