Already building up quite a following through her blogging, 20-year-old Mollie Bylett from London is about to branch out into the world of music. She happily agreed to chat with me to talk influences, first singles, future ambitions and how she feels about the power of social media.
Tell me a bit about yourself please.
I’m Mollie – in case you aren’t already aware – I’m 20 and I’m a singer-songwriter- blogger. I love travelling, peanut butter and my dog really is my best friend.
How would you describe your music?
I get asked this question a lot and I find it really hard to answer because I’m influenced by so many different things / people. Artists that inspire me most are: Kodaline, Beyonce, obviously – Hudson Taylor, Pink, Mumford & Sons, Bastille and Bob Marley. I am influenced by something they all do or portray and so yeah, I guess if they all collaborated together it would produce something like me. I know that’s confusing!
Who are your musical influences? Who did you grow up listening to that made you think ‘I want to do that?’
Beyonce definitely. Anyone that has known me for the past 6 years will know I was obsessed. And when I say obsessed, I mean obsessed. My mum took me to her concert at the 02 about 3 or 4 years ago and I cried trhough pretty much the whole performance and since then I have collected every album, tour DVD and no doubt seen every single live performance of hers on YouTube. She’s the dream performer. My musical tastes have changed since but she was definitely the one that inspired me to begin as an artist.
Do you remember the first album you bought and concert you attended?
I can’t remember the first album I bought – I’ll have to ask my mum on that. But I remember the first single I bought was one by Atomic Kitten!
What do you think makes you different from all the other artists out there?
I think it’s my outlook on life. I’m kind of fearless, until it comes to spiders, and I don’t believe in limits. When I change my mind, I change my path. I’m young and I don’t want to get comfortable so I’m always ready to try new things and do things my way. I’m passionate about every single thing I do and sing and well, I think that’s a special energy to give off.
Tell me about the track you’re releasing if you would.
It’s a track I wrote last year when I travelled South East Asia called ‘These Are The Days’. The song, and the video both premiere on June 15. I jumped on the travelling band wagon because I didn’t want to miss out on it and it was the best decision I ever made. I got out of my bubble at home and I learnt so much about myself. It sounds cringe but, I learnt how to be happy – what really makes me happy. This song captures the whole experience for me and it gives off an energy which, like I said before is really special and I hope it’s infectious!
Is song-writing something that comes easy to you, or can it differ depending on the subject matter?
To song-write, I have to have head space; living such a busy life I sometimes find it hard to get that time to myself. So I have to wait until I have a day off or until I feel so passionate about something that I make the time. It’s not something for me that can be scheduled or forced. My debut track was written in one sitting pretty much, it just happened, and sometimes I think it’s the best tracks that happen like that.
How did you find making the video? Are you comfortable being in front of a camera?
I really wanted a relaxed video for this track. I wanted to recreate the travelling vibe and not be too staged or ‘posey’. I had a clear vision for this video and I guess that made me a bit of a perfectionist, which is a bit of an understatement, and not relax completely… but hopefully you won’t be able to tell! I’m completely used to being in front of a camera though so that was the easy bit!
Outside of music, what are your other passions? Do you enjoy travel, for example, and do any of those influence your music career?
As I mentioned before, travel was the passion that inspired my debut track. Travelling gives me that head space to relax and put my life into perspective. We live such a fast paced life so taking time out to travel reminds me to slow down a bit and appreciate what a beautiful world we live in! Aside from travel and music, I love taking photos and documenting my life which is where and why my blog started – you can check it out at www.molliebylett.com.
How big of a social media user are you, and how have you found it to be in terms of building a following/fan-base?
I am a massive social media user – I wish I wasn’t because its super anti-social, but it’s SO essential for the career I’m pursuing. I have blog readers from all over the world, likewise viewers of my music and without social media I would never be able to spread the word as instantly. Pretty much everyone I’ve met and worked with in music has been through a social media site of some sort, so I have a lot to thank it for.
I know this is your first release, but where do you see things progressing from here? Are their plans for an album in the works?
I am heading on a schools tour for 5 weeks until the end of July, along with various shows and local festivals, so the next couple of months will concentrate on promotion and launching my online campaign. I’m hoping to write over the summer and work towards an EP I think. No solid plans yet but I can’t wait to take some time out and work on more material.
If you could perform in any venue across the world, or on any stage, which would it be and why?
Ooh! I actually don’t necessarily want big stadiums. I would like to perform in smaller more intimate venues where it’s more of a story telling kind of performance. I love hearing artists’ stories, why and where they wrote songs, so I’d love to put on a series of story tellers. Apart from that, Glastonbury or just an awesome festival. You can’t beat that vibe – it would be incredible to be on that stage. That is the dream.
If you could have written any song, past or present, which would you choose and why?
Beyonce – irreplaceable. All-time favourite!
Finally then, if you had to ‘sell yourself’ in five words, which would they be or what would you say?
Willing. Determined. Loyal. Crazy. Ready.
Follow Mollie on Instagram: molliebylett, Twitter: @molliebylett, Facebook: facebook.com/molliebylett and YouTube: www.youtube.com/molliebylett.