Art & Culture

Interview: Join Molly Moore on Her Journey of Self-Discovery Through Shimmery Pop Songs

Molly Moore has made a name for herself in the music industry most notable for her sharp lyricism that holds nothing back. Her authenticity and delivery makes her a standout artist in the sea of modern pop. After years of collaborating with others, this is her time to shine. Right on the heels of her debut album Voice on the Internet, Moore has released several singles all of which you’ll be humming along to instantly. Her music video for “Handsomer” feat. Matt Noyes dropped first and it is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Handsomer” was followed up with the dual single release of “Careful” and “Identity Crisis“. Both tracks are incredible in their own way and stand as a testament to Moore’s versatility as an artist. “Careful” takes on a contemporary disco flare while “Identity Crisis” brings out a sultrier soulful side of the songstress.  Molly Moore answered a few questions about her debut album, her process, and what she hopes listeners gain from her music. Learn more about the soul behind Molly Moore.

Your debut album is coming November 13th. Tell me all about it. How long have you been working on it? Any nerves about releasing it during such a trying time in the music industry?

I’ve been working on it for around 2 years now. It feels super strange to finally have an album “finished” and not be able to change anything about it. A lot of acceptance has gone into the process. I moved the release date back a few times because I wanted to time things properly and make sure I felt it was as complete as possible. I believe that because I made it so recently while my emotions were super raw and fresh that this is energetically a great time to put it out into the world. Logistically however, who knows hahahahah so cheers! 

I love the song “Careful”. What is this track about and where did this disco-esque influence come from? 

This track (and a lot of recurring themes on my album) are about the internet and how it can drive you to follow trends or do things you wouldn’t actually do without that influence. Sometimes it can be really detrimental, especially when you’re trying to identify with yourself after being in a codependent relationship for a long time. It’s about realizing that not every image you see of somebody is actually real, even in person somebody can project an image of who they are but deep down it can be inauthentic. It’s about following your gut and not following the masses. About realizing that sometimes what we want and what we need are two very different things entirely, and pursuing “wants” over “needs” can sometimes lead you to a bunch of things you never wanted at all. Myles Avery produced the song after I cowrote it with my friends Larzz Principato and Allie Crystal. I wanted it to have an upbeat vibe so people could feel at ease listening to it, and really take in what I am saying which is important to me.

“Identity Crisis” has an entirely different vibe, but it’s still an incredible song. Is there a reason why these two were chosen to be released together? 

Identity Crisis was written after I was on instagram live and somebody asked me if I was a boy or a girl. I’ve been asked this before – it makes me laugh, because I have a low voice so it can be confusing. But it made me question a lot of the things I identify with as a woman and whether or not they stem from inside of me or from the world I was raised in and the “social” and “cultural” standards that were set already before I even existed. Identity Crisis feels sonically polar opposite to Careful, and in many ways very tied together conceptually. I thought this would be a nice way of saying what’s up to anyone that’s come along for my musical journey thus far and anyone just joining me now. This is who I am. 

Artwork for Careful/Identity Crisis

I love that your visuals are bright and vibrant, almost the epitome of happiness, but your lyrics revolve around honesty that sometimes hurts and self-discovery. How do those things co-exist for you? Does it help maintain a positive outlook?  

I really appreciate that! Being honest is the only way I can feel authentic or real, by addressing who I am and what I’m going through. I used to think I could make my life better by finding a resolution in a song by the chorus that didn’t actually exist in my life. I’m not really about that anymore unless I feel it in my heart. I just want to feel and help others feel because I’ve realized the importance of this, and how dissociated / numb me and many of my friends have become, because we have lacked the tools in our earlier years of life to handle the emotional barriers we’ve come across. I think it’s vital to maintain a positive outlook, energy, vibration, but not at the expense of communication and truth. 

What are you hoping your listeners will pick up from your album? 

I hope they feel empowered. I hope they feel sexy. I hope they feel loved. I hope they feel less alone, and okay with actually being alone. I hope they don’t text their ex back at 3am. I hope they can find peace and gratitude in their heart for the good that love brings, along with the pain and perspective that builds real strength.

How different is writing for your own release versus co-writing with someone else? Did you ever find yourself holding back with other artists?

I try to put the same energy that I put forth for myself for every artist that I work with. I think it’s really important to believe whole heartedly in what you work on and to not hold back when you do. That being said I’m not perfect and sometimes certain situations can cause you to feel inhibited within yourself while creating. I always try to break past that in the moment because I believe in the art that can get created and I know its usually me getting in my own the way. That being said I also really like to follow the artists lead when they have a vision, it’s a muscle I think takes developing in every creator/collaboration. 

About 2 years ago was when everything changed and you made the pivot towards your solo career. Now that you can look back on the past two years, what is something you wish you could tell yourself at the beginning of this? and do you feel like you’ve nailed down who you are as a solo artist?

I wish I could’ve told myself not to drink warm beer in the morning from the night before. That sounds dark but it’s true. I wish I had been easier on myself, because I went through a lot quickly and didn’t do much healthy processing until recently. I feel I have found a way to express all my voices and I am constantly on a journey to continuing expanding that.

Any last words for the interview? 

I appreciate the opportunity to have a candid conversation with you! Keep it real xx 

Voice on the Internet drops November 13th. Follow Molly Moore
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