We had the good fortune of connecting with Mollie Jay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mollie Jay, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking for me is everything. If there is no risk than there can be no reward. I’ve been singing melodies and writing songs since I was at least 5 years old. It feels as natural to me as breathing. It is what I love, and I feel dead not doing it. It is a major risk to pursue a career as an artist because unless you pop off you ultimately lose money- all of the recording time, the money poured into promotion, the music videos, the dollars put out for publicists and playlist. However, if you love it, you have to do it. There is no plan B and if you have a plan B you should get out now.
I liken the risk taking that I have done in order to pursue a career as a singer, songwriter and rappers to the risks we take in all our relationships. If you love something or someone you are willing to take the risk of being close to them knowing that things could go south. That’s how I feel about being a music artist. I love it so much that I am willing to take the risk.
Another big risk for me was adding rapping to my repertoire. I used to only sing. I always rapped and loved rapping, I grew freestyling on the school bus. However I wasn’t sure how people would feel about me incorporating rap into my songs, and performing raps at my shows. I thought that people wouldn’t except it because I’m a woman and so on. But I took the and have gained fans because of it, people love it and so do I. I wanted to be true to myself as an artist, which is a way of loving myself. We take risks for love
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It has been the wildest of journeys beyond what I could ever have imagined. I learned a lot of hard lessons in my early 20s. A lot of people are just out to use artists, sell them a dream and rob them blind. I’ve learned to prioritize my art first, as opposed to prioritizing the hype around the art.
I am a singer, songwriter and rapper- what makes me unique is that I do all of these things to the fullest extent. I have a very strong soulful voice, and I also have a very lyrical rapper mind. When people hear that a white girl raps and sings they tend to not take it seriously, and to a degree for good reason.
I went to music school and majored in voice and songwriting. I was blessed to hone my skills to a high potential in that environment. I grew up in PG county Maryland where hip hop culture was a major part of life. I started freestyling and listening to all the OG rappers at an early age. I am not out here rapping about my sex appeal and birkin bags. I rap about real life and I take my craft seriously. This is not a gimmick for me. This is who I am and this is what I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, I love LA so this is a tough question to answer. There are so many great spots in this city. I would take them out in West Hollywood, because that is a really fun time and experience you cannot get anywhere. I would absolutely take them to the ‘Highlight Room’ or ‘Mama Shelter’ rooftops because the views and the vibes are like nothing else!
A lot of my friends are from the east coast so we would have to hit at least one hike overlooking the ocean in Malibu. You cannot get that experience anywhere else.
I am an artist so of course we would have to go to a local show and do some bar hopping after. There are bars in LA that are Niche and curated for every walk of life. There is every kind of person in this city, and there is a place for every kind of person in this city and that’s a big part of why I love it here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many incredible people along the way who have greatly added to my artistry. The ideas and contributions of others make my ideas better.
Blaze Hunter was my engineer and producer when I was signed to an indie label and we still work together. He understands my voice more than anyone else and knows exactly what to do with it. He is a musical genius and gave so much life to my songs by helping with vocal arrangement and harmonies among a million other things. He is one of the best people I know. He is currently killing the music industry in Atlanta.
Sean Davis is one of the first people I ever recorded with when I was 19 years old. My EP ‘(K)now Better’ that came out last year is entirely produced by him. He also aided in the songwriting. He has a true ear for production and songwriting and an ear like no one else. He is a huge reason for why I am here today.
MK Connors is an artist and tour manager that I met when I moved out here. She has been instrumental in getting me shows, bands to work with, publicists and a slew of other opportunities. She is a talent and truly believes in me, which makes a huge difference in world full of wolves who are only out for themselves.
Avery Carlton Fields is a Videographer that I met when I moved out here. His eye behind that camera is uncanny! We have done several projects together and he is a major force behind the creative direction of my videos. He knows how to take my art and translate it visually to the world.