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Meet Richie Monroe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richie Monroe.

Richie, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a musical family, we moved between Portugal and South Africa a few times growing up, most weekends were full of songs, good food and drink at my home.

I started playing all the instruments that were left around the house by the age of 11. I moved to the UK ten years later and by then I’d been on national tv and radio with my band.

After countless misadventures in various groups, I found myself suddenly without direction, my band ( Bad For Lazarus) broke up after playing Glastonbury Festival when we should’ve been celebrating and moving forward, I’d lost friends and family and my relationships seemed to be fractured in all the wrong places. I was offered the chance to audition for LA punks the Icarus Line, I stayed in Hollywood and luckily was at a publicist’s house that had Mae West’s old piano. It practically handed me songs that were fully formed, pulled from the ether when I needed them most.

The only way through these obstacles has been to write songs. It’s a craft I’ll gladly devote myself to forever because it is seductively elusive.

That’s a very productive (and inspiring) way to deal with obstacles. Can you talk to us a bit more about some of the struggles along the way? Any advice?
Being honest about your art will save you a lot of time and heartache.

Be ruthless about what you do, others will have way less mercy when dealing with you. Most people offer bad advice, nothing of any value is handed out for free so be careful about who you’re listening to.

Try everything once (at least) but know that cliches will smother and own you given half a chance.

Please tell us more about your work.
After playing/learning with a variety of musicians and songwriters over the years I’m now in a place where I want to write for other artists, film projects, etc.

My song ‘Minnie &The Animals’ off my new EP ( More Milk) is being featured in an upcoming movie called Need which has some familiar faces, which I’m incredibly proud of, it’s also my first time in a movie ( I play a busker in London)

I also have musical projects I’m involved with that are hopefully going to come out next year, before that I’m dropping new music this Christmas that will be bigger and bolder than anything I’ve done before.

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Sam Morris
Chris Patmore

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