Loretta Monique            ︎ lorettamonique.com

Ula, 29 years old
Mighty Oaks

What was your first introduction to the Melkweg?
I have been to so many concerts at Melkweg that I don't really remember which one was the first one... When I first moved to the Netherlands I remember people telling me Melkweg is the place to be for great music.

Do you want to tell us your favourite Melkweg story?
Many great memories from Melkweg, but I will keep them to myself…

What do you think concerts will look like in 50 years?
Even though the world will be very different in 50 years, I hope concerts will stay the same—it’s all about live music connecting artists and audiences, and no advanced technology can replace that!

What do you want people to know about you?
There is nothing people really need to know about me…
What they find out is up to them. But maybe know that I can be very awkward. Especially at the beginning. So if you meet me, and I’m being awkward, just be awkward back!

Which musician would you want to swap lives with for a day?
Tough question. There are so many artists I admire…
Maybe Christian Löffler? I would like to experience what it is like to create and combine two of my favourite mediums at the same time— painting and music.

Do you want to be famous? If so, what would you want to be known for?
Being famous is not my dream or goal, haha. If I happened to become famous, I would use my fame to promote matters that I believe in and find important, like mental health or self-care.

If you could be the director of Melkweg for a day, what would you do?
I would probably throw one big party/festival, with lots of different kinds of art, music, performances and dance all day long. Or I would organize an open day—so people could see what happens behind the scenes in an organization like the Melkweg.

What do you think of your photograph?
I really love my photo! The photographer, Loretta, and I felt a connection and spark during the shoot—and I hope you can see that in the photograph. When I look at it, I see a beautiful and strong woman and then I realize: “oh, that’s me!”