This week we caught up with UK singer-songwriter Monique Lawz. The London-based rising R&B star, has taken 2020 by storm. Her first single following signing for Warner Records is an homage to her Jamaican heritage and features the one and only Godfather of Grime, Wiley.
She has gained traction and support from countless publications as well as BBC R1Xtra’s DJ Target, and Ace who listed ‘Worth It’ as his Track of the Week. It’s safe to say that Monique is already causing serious waves, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
We chatted to her about her defining career moments so far, music icons and dream collaborations. Check out “Worth It” below and scroll down for the full Q+A.
WORTH IT- Moniqe Lawz (Feat. Wiley)
Hey Monique! Hope you’re coping well in lockdown. How have you been spending your days?
Making music. Eating. Repeat! Ha!
Has music always been a part of your life?
Music has been in my family from a young age. My mum used to sing and I have family members who are artists & DJ’s. I saw them pursuing their dream and doing well at it so I knew anything is possible.
You’ve already worked with some big names, who’s your dream collaboration?
Ty Dolla $ign
What’s your favourite ever performance you have done & why?
Oh My Festival in Amsterdam 2019. 80,000 people! Most didn’t know who I was when I started performing, the tent was empty. When I finished the performance, people were spilling over at the sides to watch me, screaming, cheering! It was a moment for life!
What was the defining moment when you realised that music could be a full time career?
I was playing my music in a studio in LA. Rodney Jerkins heard from the next room and ran out to find out who I was. That was a big deal for me! Made me know I had something.
What was your favourite teenage album?
Mariah Carey “Glitter”
What women in music do you look up to & why?
So many but narrowed down, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. They’re great at what they do and inspire me to be great.
What’s on the horizon from you?
More music, lots of it! Next single features Zoey Dollaz & Boj after lockdown. It’s pending!
Quickfire questions with Monique Lawz 🔥
- What’s the last book you read? 📚 The Secret
- Number 1 comfort food? 🍳Plantain
- What drink do you order at the bar? 🍹 Rum and coke
- What song do you have on repeat RN? 🎵’Worth It’ ft. Wiley