We had the good fortune of connecting with Monika Santucci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monika, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The support that I have received over the years from family and friends has been absolutely critical to my success. One person in particular who I feel is most responsible is my mom who believed in me and supported me through my biggest challenges in both my music career and life. I’ve always had a strong passion for music and that has driven me and kept me going. At no point have I ever considered truly giving up because I love music so much and I can’t imagine not writing or singing regardless as to whether it’s for an audience or for myself. I don’t think of myself as having much in terms of natural abilities I think that my consistency and dedication to the craft is what has landed me any gigs at all.
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.
My career in music has come with it’s set of challenges but through persistence I’ve been granted the opportunity to work with some of my biggest influences and artists I look up to the most. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is the importance of remaining authentic to oneself and really harnessing and listening to my intuition. I feel very grateful to be able to do what I love for a living.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s a tricky question to answer because I don’t really know what’s open at the moment. But I used to love going to the rooftop of Hotel Shangri-LA in Santa Monica because it’s got a beautiful view of the ocean! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentor HALIENE has had a profound effect on me as a songwriter, vocalist and person. She is an incredible artist and her talent is indescribable- I consider myself super lucky to work with her.