In the past few months my Facebook news stream has been flooded with Mona Moua videos. Finally after a few days of seeing these videos constantly posted, I took the time to listen and I was greatly impressed. She has such a calming, beautiful voice that relaxed me and made me want to listen to the videos over and over again. No wonder she was all over Facebook.
After doing some searching, I found that not only did Mona have her own videos, but was also featured in the song “Write Your Name” by Yelawolf after she posted a fan song on Youtube about her experience of waiting in line to attend one of his concerts, but finding out the show was sold out. She turned this disappoint into a great life experience. There are not many fans who find themselves being able to not only meet one of the favorite artists, but getting to perform on stage, and recording a song with them.
I’ve read a few different articles and such on Mona, but I wanted to hear her story straight from her. I had the pleasure of talking to her recently and now her is your chance to get to know Mona Moua better.
Ryan: I’m here with a the newest singing sensation, Mona Moua. How have you been?
Mona: I’ve been very well, thank you for asking!
Ryan: Before we get started, why don’t you tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Mona: I was born in Fresno, CA, and raised in Saint Paul, MN. I’m twenty-four years old, a full time college student, a tutor for the Minneapolis Public Schools, a hopeless romantic, and a starving artist.
Ryan: A hopeless romantic, huh? So does that mean you love romance movies? If so, which is your favorite?
Mona: I always hate questions like these! I can never limit myself to choosing just one, but if I must, it’d have to be “The Little Mermaid” (the original version), or “Sixteen Candles”! See, these questions are impossible. Anyway, I chose “The Little Mermaid” because it is the epitome of what love should be -unconditional and selfless. The Little Mermaid turned into foam at the end because her love for the Prince
was greater than her own desire to be human. She sacrificed her own life for his and loved him unconditionally. That’s not to say I advocate girls lowering their standards of self-worth to love someone, because that is not okay, but that’s another story. I think “The Little Mermaid” expounded the idea of love beautifully.
As for “Sixteen Candles”, it’s an exposition of every high school girl’s experience. How could I not love the movie! If you haven’t seen it, you need to.
Ryan: You’re right, “Sixteen Candles” is definitely a classic. Now you were recently featured on the track “Write Your Name” by Yelawolf. How did that opportunity come about?
Mona: Long story short, they found my YouTube video in April 2011, acquainted themselves, and contacted me later that summer about a record they wanted me to be on.
Ryan: Do you have any other future collaborations in works with him or any other artist?
Mona: There’s a line of upcoming projects that I’ve yet to sort through. I’ve put them all on hold for now because I want to finish school first.
Ryan: How have you been handling your increased popularity?
Mona: The dust is slowly settling since Radioactive came out, so it hasn’t been too much of a struggle, despite the thousands of friend requests I get a day on Facebook! Haha, just kidding! In all seriousness though, not too many people have heard of Yelawolf yet, so the “popularity” factor hasn’t been anything too out of control.
Ryan: You’re obviously very talented, but at what age did you begin to notice your talent?
Mona: Never? I guess I still don’t see my music and songwriting as anything special, much less a “talent”. Writing music and playing the guitar is, and always has been, just a medium for me to vent and express myself in ways that words can’t. It’s cool to know that people like what I produce and regard it as talent. It’s very encouraging.
Ryan: Which artist/music inspires you?
Mona: There are so many! I guess the ones that really got me into music at an early stage would be Gwen
Stefani (during her days of No Doubt) and The Cranberries. Now a days, I pull my inspiration from so many different artists, it’s hard to keep track. The main ones would be Failure, Priscilla Ahn, Emma Hewitt, and a bunch of other people whom I can’t think of right now.
Ryan: What are you working on currently?
Mona: There are a few projects I’ve picked up just to keep myself busy, but for now my main focus is on school.
Ryan: Where can our readers see you perform in the near future?
Mona: That is yet to be determined. I don’t really do, and haven’t done, too many live performances, I have an extreme case of stage fright! I’m working on overcoming that pesky little fear though; once that’s established, you can probably catch me at local cafes or open mics, whichever comes up first.
Ryan: Do you have any last words for our readers?
Mona: I just want to thank everyone for all the support I’ve received, it’s been very much appreciated! Also, go out and buy Yelawolf’s album, Radioactive, if you haven’t already!!
Its great to see someone who has been in the limelight and became popular overnight still remain so down to earth and centered. I look forward to seeing her progress as an artist, as well as a person. If you haven’t checked out her music, I highly recommend watching her videos on Youtube or anywhere else on the internet. I know you won’t be dissapointed.
I want to thank Mona for taking the time out of her busy schedule to be apart of Hmoodle. We are honored to have you here