Q&A: Monique Sesto
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If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie or Ella Fitzgerald. I’d give anything to travel back in time and just see them play live! They paved the way for really creative improvisation and colourful new music, in my opinion anyway. They are truly inspirational!
Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?
Kimbra and her live band are incredible! She'd be awesome to have a battle with because she would push you to do crazy things! She’d whip out her awesome loop pedal skills though...so I’d have to top that with something awesome...like an electric trumpet or a scatting chimpanzee...it’s still in the works.
When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?
My live show will be in August at the Paris Cat, Melbourne (underground jazz club), checkout the Paris Cat website for the date. You can get my EP now, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get one to you, they're $7. Or you can get some of the songs on the triple j unearthed website: artist under Mo Sesto.
Describe the best gig you have ever played.
In the band The Coconut Rebellion we played at The Hop at Collingwood Children's Farm. We started our set at midnight and we were surrounded by farm animals and drunk fans. We threw in a cover With a Little Help from My Friends, the Joe Cocker version, and the place went off! The crowd was chanting our songs, dancing like maniacs, drinking like rock stars and had the biggest smiles on their faces. The best crowd! When you can take people on a journey like that...it’s the best feeling!
Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it?
I drink my special singer's drink, which is garlic, lemon, ginger and honey in hot water, it tastes disgusting but does wonders to the voice! People always complain about my breath afterwards...
Anything else to add?
If you want to hear about any of my gigs coming up or new songs you can visit my facebook page facebook.com/thepageofmo