Persian rap vocalist Montiego is living the dream he envisaged as a budding 16-year-old entrepreneur. His much-followed Instagram account @Montiego documents a life with no limits: riding a stunt motorbike in Stockholm, stepping off a private jet in loungewear, fast cars in Milan, cooling off in the pool in Ibiza, enjoying the best of Istanbul, Moscow, Amsterdam. His financial success is built on years of dedication and hard work building up his business enterprises. The latest of these is a crypto currency automatic payment gateway that allows for a high number of transactions in one single platform.
Now aged just 25, he has been at work in the studio creating the music that drives and inspires him. “Music gives a soul to the universe, sings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,” says Montiego. His four releases since the start of 2019 have already been streamed 6 million times on the leading Persian music platform, Radio Javan. His tuneful melodies float over the hi-hats, kick drums and moody ambiance of tracks influenced by the ‘trap’ music of the American Southern States. Perfect for the club, the car or just chilling, this is the soundtrack for a sophisticated urban crowd that likes to live life to the full. His upcoming release will be Bezar in Baro (‘Go along with it’)recorded with Sijal, Alireza JJ, Nassim and KasrahMadi. Another song with Nassim, Are Man Budam, tells the story of his business life in music.
Montiego was born in Tehran in 1993 as Farshid Amirshaghaghy. Showing early promise in music, he took up the guitar and piano as a child and was soon playing professionally. His father taught Latin dance and he passed his skills and love of musicality down to his son.
But the young Farshid was about to turn his talents to trading in online currency. He. At the age of 16 he was living alone in Canada, where he had relocated to focus on his online ambitions. After seeing great success from his efforts by the age of 18, he then began training others to do what he did, creating more opportunities for more people, and investing his money into other projects to help them flourish. While studying at university, he continued to diversify his business interests, working on video game projects.
moved naturally into software development, and created
an exchange system incorporating stock markets and computer games. He then
moved from developing computer games to developing the ideas of other young
talents. He looked for them, helped them grow, supported them in selling their
ideas and developing their skills, and thus Farshid contributed
to hundreds of unique projects.
During the following years, Farshid worked around the clock to create and back large business development projects and top-level payment systems. The still very young Farshid strived to realise his own ideas and started to recruit young talents, to create his own business universe.
In 2018, Farshid launched a non-profit social media talent organization in Milan, called House of Media Talents (Casa Talenti della Multimedialità). He established the hashtag #gogomind as a way to help and identify like-minded talents, inviting bloggers from the worlds of fashion, beauty, health and sports, games and information, as well as influencers and models, to a free community. This would bring new opportunities, funds and business collaborations to a new wave of media talents. Along with Farshid’s business ventures, he has made a point to donate some if his profits to charities that help disadvantaged people around the world, including Hand2Hand.
Monteigo, the musical artist, shows the same drive and dedication to growing and developing his art as Farshid does to his business, with a proliferation of musical tracks this year. The first of January saw him release Midooni Chi Migam(‘You Know What I Mean’), which he followed with Chetoran. In February he released Swipe Up, a collaboration with Arta; and Skal, where Montiego lays his distinctive vocals over a track from Alireza JJ, Sijal and Sohrab MJ, pioneers of rap in Iran. With big plans for his future in music and more upcoming collaborations, Montiego never stands still. He keeps reaching forward to realise his dreams and inspire others to do the same.