LA-based artist Monogem, aka Jen Hirsh, is paying homage to her cultural heritage – specifically, her Guadalajaran roots – in her new single “Soy Lo Que Soy” (“I Am What I Am”). The track marks her first Spanish-language single where the gal fully embraces and celebrates her cultural identity. The track is pop covered with soulful smokiness and thrumming percussions where Monogem’s silvery vocals floats over elegantly. Stream below:
On her new single, Monogem shared:
“‘Soy Lo Que Soy’ is the beginning of a new era. A time where I feel comfortable to explore my Mexican heritage through my art. The song describes the feeling of change…almost a catharsis. The writing process of Soy Lo Que Soy was emotional and informative, but above all, has made me realize that I only am what I am, and always will be. For years, I’ve struggled with my identity as a half Mexican woman growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I have vivid memories of my grandmother, Hortenisa, speaking to me in Spanish telling me to never forget my roots, never stop speaking, learning and keeping the culture alive. For me, it’s an honor to write music in Spanish…a language that was such an integral part of my upbringing. This song is for my abuelita as much as it is for me.”
“Soy Lo Que Soy” is from Monogem’s upcoming EP So Many Ways, which will be out on October 18th.