Podcast Ep. 6, MONTAIGNE, USING FAME FOR GOOD

Jess Cerro, aka Montaigne

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EPISODE 6 FEATURES MONTAIGNE

Montaigne, AKA Jessica Cerro, shot to fame while she was still in school thanks to Triple J’s Unearthed High competition. Now 21, she’s made a name for herself as one of the most interesting and original new Australian recording artists.

Rolling Stone describes her vocals as “astonishingly powerful and expressive”, praising her debut album, Glorious Heights, as: “an enthralling listen, with pin-balling pop melodies and irrepressible hooks.”

Equally appealing is her mindful approach to everything from conscious consumption – she’s a vegan, and a dedicated thrift-store fan - to politics. Anyone who watched the ARIAs this year will no doubt remember Montaigne appearing with “people over profit” daubed across her chest in black paint.

In this Episode we talk about millennial values, how the older generation has no right to screw up the planet for those who will inherit their mistakes, and Montaigne’s sartorial mission to dress “swashbuckling, somewhat medieval but also kind of Amish and vampire-esque” on stage. Often in the work of emerging ethical fashion designers. Sometimes in frills and furbelows upcycled from old curtains.

Montaigne performing in Madeleine Sinco's design - in a former life this suit was some old floral curtains. Can you tell?

Montaigne performing in Madeleine Sinco's design - in a former life this suit was some old floral curtains. Can you tell?

HOW TO DRESS FOR A STAGE PERFORMANCE

In our interview Jess explains that when she first started out, she resisted getting dressed up, and performed gigs in her pyjamas and old football gear. Flamboyant clothes, she thought, would distract from her music, give the impression that she wasn't a serious person. But eventually, she realised THE POWER OF FASHION and began CRAFTING A STAGE PERSONA. A sort of swashbuckling, pirate-worthy one.

For her ARIAS outfit, she enlisted the help of stylist Simone Farrugia, and artist Ollie Henderson, who painted PEOPLE OVER PROFIT on her chest...

 

LET’S TALK...AVOCADOS

Illustration by Juliet Sulejmani

Illustration by Juliet Sulejmani

1. #nomnomnom Monataigne's vegan Instagram account @nomtaigne will make your mouth water.

2. Avocados are Anna Wintour's favourite food.

3. In Fashion Land, butter gets swapped for avocado all the time. It's a healthier-fat thing, apparently. (*Clare prefers butter every time. #morebutter)

4. Weird fact: You more likely to be allergic to them if you're allergic to latex, and sensitive to bananas and kiwis. (The fruit, not the New Zealanders.)

5. Millennials have a difficult relationship with avocados of course. Because they willingly blow so much moolah on overpriced hipster cafe vended avo-on-toast, they will be forever locked out of the property market. Or something. 

LABEL CONSCIOUS: VEGAN SHOES

 

Dress like Jess in vegan Docs. You can get then in Australia from The Iconic

Dress like Jess in vegan Docs. You can get then in Australia from The Iconic

Hey big spender! Spend a little time with Stella McCartney's vegan boots, from a selection at Net-A-Porter

Hey big spender! Spend a little time with Stella McCartney's vegan boots, from a selection at Net-A-Porter

French eco sneakers brand Veja has plenty of vegan options. And they're rad.

French eco sneakers brand Veja has plenty of vegan options. And they're rad.

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Clare x