Jamaal Monarch is a rapper, songwriter and producer, based between Manchester and London. Jamaal is inspired by multi-talented artists such as Prince, Kanye West and D’Angelo, with a writing style that combines the essence of Frank Ocean, Q-Tip and Lil Wayne. Jamaal’s music features ethereal, atmospheric production with a fresh narrative around sexuality, race and society. Jamaal’s unique perspective stems from his mixed upbringing that blended Pakistani, Bajan and British cultures together with experiences which highlight queer and social class issues.
“I wanted to take part in the programme to find established professionals that believe in what I am doing so I can learn, develop and improve. There’s a lot to juggle as an independent artist so I hope to gain the knowledge and support that I need to take some of the weight off. Making music can be insular at times, so this programme will be a good chance to look outward for inspiration and guidance. I would like this a mentor who will help me achieve my goals while still keeping full control of what I do, and how I do it. This is from a performance, publishing and funding point of view. I would also like more assistance with recording and creative development so I can continue improving and creating better music. Performances have been key in my recent development and have given me a tonne of self-belief, so it would be great to get help in playing bigger shows and festivals.”