We had the good fortune of connecting with Munny Monroe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Munny, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think that people underestimate the hustle a lot. There are so many sleepless nights when you’re beginning your journey and even with a creative team, everything can be OVERWHELMING.
In between writing music, marketing/promoting, planning for future projects including photo shoots, music videos, fundraiser events, and public appearances, I probably get like 4 hours of sleep a night. It really is a marathon that you need to be consistent in and have a genuine passion for, otherwise it’s so easy to get burned out.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Persian-El Salvadorian, indie rapper and singer who grew up in the U.S., I feel that I have a unique experience and perspective that influences my art and sets me apart in a variety of ways. Especially because I was mostly raised by my mom.
Thinking back, I could never have gotten where I am professionally without my her. My mom never had less than 3 jobs at a time when I was growing up and she taught me what working hard really meant. She’s always been my driving force to continue pursing music and my biggest motivation to dream big. And because It’s never been easy to get into this industry, that love and support has kept me going through my most challenging times.
When you’re a new artist, you’re forced to face challenges every day you decide to create or execute your vision. Whether it’s managing other people, or managing equipment, you have to go into a creative environment with an open mind. Sometimes that means changing an entire song because you hated one note, or changing the entire ending of a music video because you just don’t have what you need to execute your original vision. With this in mind, I’ve learned to be much more patient. And that can be the hardest thing sometimes.
I’ve learned some crazy things along my journey so far. Mostly that you have to careful who you share your energy with. You have to protect your energy sometimes to allow yourself to mentally recharge. Sometimes that means staying away from a toxic person, sometimes that means telling your friends no. Protect your energy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is such a cultural hub with it’s own scene and the cultural and artistic influence here is so deep. It’s beautiful. From the Leeland Art Park to Bellaire, you really can have a unique adventure all within the city.
Some of my favourite places to hang out or eat/drink are Buffalo Bayou Park, Mo Better Brews, and Spotlight Karaoke! But I’ll hang out anywhere the vibes are cool. I think the most exciting experiences come from doing unique things and meeting unique people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is an endless list of people I could thank for the confidence and support I’ve gained in the past year, but I’d like to especially dedicate this article to my creative team, my best friends and my beautiful partner-in-crime. Without you, my life would be absolutely colorless and I love y’all so much.
Image credits: Leonardo Castillo