We recently got in touch with one of our favorite bands/duos, Monarchy. Monarchy has been behind some of our all time favorite tracks, namely "Love for Sale" and "I won't let go". In a Disco Unchained exclusive, Andrew Armstrong of Monarchy, answers some of our questions about the group's origins and future direction.
1) How did Monarchy form? What are the origins of the duo?'
We met in
London, though we're both from Australia. We started making music
together. Then when we wrote Gold In The Fire, we decided it was a new project,
and we named it Monarchy. After that, it has been our focus for the last four
2) Where Monarchy take its musical influence from? What particular songs. artists, and genres have inspired you?
Our influences change overtime, but always a mix of dance and song writing. We love Daft Punk, and Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, but also new stuff, like Sohn, James Blake, Disclosure. We listen to a broad range of music, always getting new inspiration and learning about song writing.
3) Aside music, what else does the front man of Monarchy do? Do you have any other hobbies or passions?
I do loads actually. I'm mildly gym obsessed and health obsessed, so that means cooking at home. I'm trying to learn Spanish, but not doing terribly well at it. I'm also doing a side project with a friend called Horixon, we released on Kitsune, and are getting new tracks together now. And collect a bit of art, and visit galleries and travel. Travel is absolutely the best thing you can do with your money. And then every year I also go hiking with my brother in the mountains of
4) This is a tough one, and we're known for asking this, but list your top 3 favorite tracks of all time (any genre, any time period)
That is a tough one. Stevie Wonder- I Wish. Aphex Twin - Window Licker. Whatever the last track on my iTunes shuffle was…
5) Are there any particular back stories for some of your tracks, like "I won't let go" for example, or "Love for sale"?
Often when we finish a song it feels like it’s 100% factual and 100% fiction. Which we realise is bad math, but that’s how it feels. Love for sale, is about the loss of identity within a relationship. How in the struggle to love and be loved in return, it can be easy to compromise who you are. It’s based on a real relationship, but viewed in hindsight. Hindsight is always a fiction.
6) Any thing you'd like to say/shout out to your fans?
Don't dumb it down, always shout for your individuality.
Take a listen to their brand new track "Living Without You":
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