BY Patrick Mares
With Appleton’s Mile of Music and De Pere’s EastWest Music fest poised to bring tons of awesome local sound to the area, residents of the Greater Green Bay area are in for a treat. We caught up with Green bay native, Greg McMonagle, who is scheduled to ply his trade at both of these events for a look into what is going on, on the other side of the guitar.
SCENE: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
McMonagle: Hi there! Thanks for thinking of me. I’d be more than happy to answer questions and a little exposure never hurt anyone. Unless it’s indecent, then there may be emotional scarring.
My name is Greg McMonagle. I’m a 25 year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from good ol’ De Pere, Wisconsin. Freshly moved back from upstate New York, I’m currently based in Oshkosh. I just released my second album, Small As I Am, and am incredibly excited just to be here and making music.
SCENE: This is the first year for EastWest Music Fest, how many years have you been participating at Mile of Music?
McMonagle: I played at the Mile of Music last year with another De Pere native, Michael Gillespie. This is my first year playing my own music and I could not be more thrilled. And a bit terrified.
SCENE: How would you describe your music for someone who has never heard it?
McMonagle: My music is a rather mellow mix of tiny songs about tiny moments. Lyrically it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, though occasionally serious and self-reflective. I’ve never been very good at this part, but here goes nothing. My music is relatable because it’s honest. I sing about everything from family, current and past loves, insecurities and loss to trying to figure out where the hell we all fit in this giant, cosmic puzzle. I swear it isn’t all so deathly serious. I try to blend together a large mix of styles and influences into one tiny pizza pocket of sound.
SCENE: What artists in particular inspired you? What is it about their work that drew you in?
McMonagle: The first name that comes to mind when it comes to inspiration for me is Andrew Bird. For those of you who don’t know him, he is a classical violinist turned alternative folk maestro. His music walks this fine line between simplicity and technical proficiency, and his lyrics flit back and forth from playful wordsmithing to scientific jargon. There’s a sort of balance there that really appeals to me.
SCENE: Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
McMonagle: Thank you all for keeping local, original music alive!