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3 Minutes with Monica Dogra

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A musician, an actor and a celebrated style icon, Monica Dogra's latest album took the music charts by storm. We caught up with her for a quick chat for our Literature Issue this year. We share excerpts from the interview.

Contextualise yourself in one line.
I’m idealistic and genuinely surprised when people are assholes.

First memory of music?
I used to cry at songs when I was a baby.

Why do you do what you do?
I am not good at anything else. I can’t remember a time not wanting to do what I do. I don’t think I can live without music.

What about music evokes emotion in you?
Everything about it. Music has a way of entering you and making you real. It makes you re-experience moments and bring out all the emotions from deep within.

What inspired your recent album, Spit?
My life. I knew it was time for me to write a solo album. I’ve done a lot with my band and I needed to do something of my own.

The first job you were hired for?
I worked at Forever21 when I was fifteen.

One ritual in life you can’t do away with?
Meditation.

An event from the past that has most influenced you?
My parents’ divorce influenced me quite a lot. It affected me in a way that I became freer, and it forced me into a rebellious state.

First realisation of the 21st century?
When I visited La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which is Gaudi’s most famous cathedral, I saw these 12-year-olds wearing booty shorts which had their butts hanging out. And they were clicking selfies instead of photographing the cathedral which is literally the most beautiful structure in the world. That is when I realised it really was the 21st century.

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