We had the good fortune of connecting with Bentley Monet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bentley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always had a deep rooted need to create. I make music, art, clothing, and videos. I decided to pursue a career in music because as far as I know I only live once and I want my life to be surrounded by musicians and artists. It is my happy place and I wanted it to be more then a hobby. I don’t want a 9-5 to distract me from my passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My main “project” is drumming in Snailmate. We are a diy band that’s been around since 2015. I am very proud that in only 5 years we have played over 1,000 shows in 6 countries. We have gotten to where we are today by playing shows on tour daily and practicing/recording on our “off time”. We eat, sleep and breath the band everyday. It has not been easy, on tour we’ve slept in the van more often then not, shower at the gym and budget for food. We’ve learned that if you keep pushing through being tired and struggling you can slowly build a supportive and loving following. We just want everyone to know if you have a dream, you are capable of reaching it if you don’t give up even when it gets hard. We still have a lot of work to do but I wouldn’t change my experience for anything. It gets better every year!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ooo this is fun! I would start out by taking them to Los Taquitos for my favorite tacos. I would then take them to a show at one of the local venues like Rhythm Room or Yucca Tap Room! There are so many awesome bands to see, in a week I would try to get them to see Dry River Yacht Club, The Woodworks, Japhys Decent, Andy Warpigs, and The Bittersweet Way to name a few! During the week I would also take them to Green for some local Vegan food, Purple Gurls for amazing local popcorn and The farmers market to get some local hot sauce from Big Reds! If we have a whole week we would NEED to take a road trip down to Bisbee to get some brunch and catch a show at The Quarry too! I would send them off to the airport with a local donut from Alien Donuts, Cinnamon Rolls from Spooky Swirls and a coffee from Cartel!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out my high school drum teacher, James. He’s the drummer for Japhys Descent. He taught me not only about drums but about life. He fed my passion for the arts and I am forever grateful.