OSM: Hi Molly, how long have you been writing songs, and when did you release your first music?
I just recently started co-writing my original songs, which has been an incredible experience. Songwriting is a difficult task, but I’m excited to start the journey! I started recording when I was ten, and I’ve been releasing original music ever since then.
OSM: Your new single, ‘Must Be Nice’ is out now. What was the songwriting and recording process of the track?
For Must Be Nice, I worked with producers Linton Smith and Megan Dervin-Ackerman. They made a bunch of instrumentals, and I picked the one I thought would be the most fun to sing over. Me and Megan later got on a zoom call to write lyrics (we finished writing in a day!!) and a week or so later, Me, Linton, Megan, and my dad recorded the vocals over another zoom call. We had to record two different days - one day for the main vocals and one day for the harmonies!
OSM: Where was the song record and who produced it?
I recorded this song in my home studio, which I’m so grateful to have as a young musician. That way I can record whenever I like, without having to travel! Like I said in the previous question, this track was produced by Linton smith and Megan Dervin-Ackerman. This was the first time we worked together and it was a super fun experience!
OSM: What is the theme of ‘Must Be Nice’, what is the song's message?
Must Be Nice hits home lyrically, since I always overthink and try too hard to be perfect. But, you don’t have to get things right the very first try, and it’s okay to make mistakes. I tried to include specific experiences in my lyrics, but also keep it relatable to the listeners. I believe overthinking is a universal experience!
OSM: Your vocal is particularly impressive. Have you had any vocal training or what do you do to keep training your voice?
Thank you! When I was younger I took vocal lessons, but stopped a few years ago. I had a great teacher who gave me many vocal exercises and warm-ups that I still use to this day! I also take choir in school, so I’m practicing different vocal techniques a lot!! I always try to warm up my voice before I sing, so i don’t strain or push my voice too hard.
OSM: What challenges have you faced since launching your career?
I don’t think I realized how hard it would be to grow a fanbase on social media. You can put out post after post, and sometimes you feel like your efforts are meaningless. But, I’ve realized that with the more content you put out, the greater the chance of a viral video, or for someone to notice you and hit the follow button!
OSM: What are the plans for the year ahead for yourself?
I’m planning on releasing a single on July 8th, which is VERY soon!! Then, I actually have plans to make an album… you’ll have to follow me @musicalmollyb on Instagram for updates on that!
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
If you’re someone who doesn’t create music, you don’t understand how much work goes into making a single song. There are so many people that don’t get recognition for their work! So, if I could change something in the music industry, it would be that producers/lyricists/anyone else who put time and effort into the making of a song got just as much recognition as the artist.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
That’s hard…. there are so many artists that have inspired me over the years, but I think I’d have to go with Olivia Rodrigo. I’d love to meet her and get her opinions on the music industry, from a young female artists perspective. I also think she’s incredibly talented and would love to sing with her someday!
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
I’m going through a big Arctic Monkeys phase, and a friend is getting me into The Blue Stones. I’m also listening to Conan Gray’s new album, and of course anything by Taylor Swift!