Monagi is French alternative pop from Belgium lead by composer and musician Jess Jacob. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Serge Gainsbourg, David Bowie, Patrick Watson and Warhaus, Monagi weaves together a tapestry of filmic textures, infectious melodies, and hauntingly melancholic undertones that leave an indelible impression. With a pulsating rhythm section that serves as the band's heartbeat, and the captivating vocals of Jess, Monagi commands your attention from the very first note. The band is composed of six musicians, including members and former members of Isaac Roux, Patches, Ão, Empty Apartments, and Tout Va Bien.
Born in Brussels and raised bilingual, Jess found solace in writing in French - a language that resonated with him and provided a deeply personal and intriguing perspective. At just 19, he was given the remarkable opportunity to perform as the opening act for iconic musicians such as Arno, Black Box Revelation, Eric Burdon, and Novastar at legendary venues including Ancienne Belgique, KVS, Beursschouwburg, Paradiso, and Doornroosje.
November 2nd 2023 Monagi played the support show of Zimmerman at Café Café Hasselt.
This was an intimate duo performance created for future support shows and small settings.
Monagi's first EP "Tout ce temps" got featured in Maze.fr's "Musique en bref"
"Dès les premières notes de Tout ce temps, il est évident que nous sommes à l’aube d’une expérience musicale singulière."
"La signature vocale du chanteur, si distinctive, se mêle avec audace aux tonalités vibrantes de piano et de guitare. On est rapidement emporté par cette déferlante musicale où la mélancolie se mêle à l’énergie, faisant de cet EP une sortie à ne pas manquer cette année."
Coups de cœur : Tout ce temps, Danse dorée.
Eden De Wit