German-Canadian outfit  Monako might be one of the only few upcoming artists that actually don’t fit into just one musical niche – when they say so.

Julian Essink


The sonic experience ranges from Canadian inspired folk, to grooved up R’n’B, finest indie-rock melancholia but also intelligently built neo-jazz tracks. Originating from several projects they operate as an interdisciplinary collective between Montreal and Hamburg. With their debut self-titled EP (14th Dec 2018, Euphorie) and the sophomore EP “Take Care“ (17th Jan 2020, Euphorie) they’ve proven crafty in their unique sound and an excellent taste in creating their very own visual world around each project. Something that also caught the attention of US-American artist Vagabon, who then invited Monako to guest as the only feature on her critically acclaimed self-titled LP (2019) - which put the quintet on the radar of Pitchfork, The New Yorker and Complex UK. Having worked tirelessly on new material during the past two years of the pandemic MONAKO is now ready to present their evolved sound to the world again.

Counting more than 2 Mio. Spotify plays, 60 shows and 3 support-tours through Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Monako released a third EP „In Shapes I-III“ in April 2022 featuring the Berlin-based multi- talent Valentin Hansen, the Cameroonian-US-American electro-pop multi-instrumentalist Laetitia Tamko aka Vagabon, as well as Bibi Club, a music project from Montreal. This EP is accompaigned by a musical short movie featuring (musical and visual) artists from Germany, Canada and the US.

In the meantime Monako have finished work on their debut full-length album…

Monako are Sadek Martin-Massarweh, Jakob Hersch, Valentin Hebel, Pamier Hilal, Jan Hendrik Schnoor – founding member & Montreal based singer Naomie De Lorimier is a trusted collaborator on Monako releases.

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Julian Essink