We had the good fortune of connecting with Margarita Monet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Margarita, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
There is no way forward without taking risks! Especially in my field. Creating a new album, putting all the energy and funds behind it and putting it out for the world is a huge risk, as there is no guarantee anyone would like it or buy it. But if you believe in something, you work hard for it, taking risks yield the biggest rewards! I remember what really helped us move forward faster, is setting goals that seemed out of reach. But once you have a destination, you figure out how to get there!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer of an industrial/cinematic rock band Edge Of Paradise. I formed the band back in 2011 alongside guitarist Dave Bates. From the beginning we set out to create something unique, a sound that would define the band and it took us many years and many mountains to climb, until we could finally say, this music defines who we are and we were ready to take it far corners of the world! This is definitely not an easy journey, with lots of risks and sacrifices involved, with no guarantees. But I believe, that if you really love what you do, and you work hard to become the best you can be, if you stay dedicated and persistent, you will see results and it will be even more rewarding, knowing the journey behind the achievements.
Plus I’ve always been a creator, it’s my purpose in life, and I can’t imagine doing anything else, I love creating music for people, videos and art to go along with it, so it’s a whole world for people to be a part of!

There are lots of lessons I learned, but one of the most overlooked important aspect of this business, that we realized only later, is that it’s so important to plan the order of your launches. I remember before, we tried doing everything at once, putting out songs, videos, while having shows. It might seem like a good idea to “stay busy” like that, but you will get much better result if you focus on creating the best content. Have the imagery and videos to back the music, and have a tour lineup up for after the release. It’s important to know what you are promoting, especially on tour, and have a clear message behind it!

We like to push the boundaries of reality with our music. I pour my soul into every word, and aim to create an otherworldly, larger-than-life setting for the songs to exist in, with the goal to take the listener on a journey through endless possibilities. In this album, we explore what our future might look like, as we merge with technology, as we make new discoveries and blur the lines of science fiction. Could our souls exist in a digital space? Could we coexist with the rise of artificial intelligence? What would the world look like, if we see past the boundaries of our body and mind… would it make us feel more connected or alone? And most of all, this music sends an empowering message: to find strength in the unknown.”

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?
There are so many amazing places in the work I’d like to take them! But this time, let’s pick Japan 🙂

We would wake up and go down to a local tea/coffee shop and drink matcha or coffee. Visit a traditional tea ceremony of course! Then we would walk through a bamboo forest and visit temples, gardens, and beautiful historical places. In the afternoon we could go to the city ny taking their super busy but surprisingly quiet subway, and visit a digital art museum, or maybe check out the tallest building the next day, and their largest mall with amazing Japanese anime stores and walk through the busy futuristic streets of Tokyo.
Of course we would buy Japanese snack like their mochies, anything out of matcha, tapioca teas and more!

We would have sushi every dinner of course, and go see concerts to end the night 🙂

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give this shout out to our producer, Mike Plotnikoff!

Website: http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edgeofparadise/

Twitter: @edgeofparadise

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdgeOfParadiseBand/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPRLypNTxg8

Other: Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/45MvWoWLKlKglPHeKiVlJY

Image Credits
Darren LaFrenier

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