«My first record was a true exorcism for me»When you started your music career, have you ever been afraid of being compared with your father? Do you feel extra-pressure?
“At the start of course. Immense pressure but I realized that most of it was coming from me. I put way too much pressure on myself and got so nervous that I was going to let people down or mess up. The thing is, it ruins it as it takes the joy and release away from the music. That’s the whole point in doing this as far as I’m concerned, to express myself, be free but I wasn’t. I was restricting myself so much, putting up my own barriers and expectations… I found myself people pleasing, saying and doing what people wanted as it is was expected from me being his Daughter. In order to move forward with my career, I needed to let that go. I do still get more questions on my Father than I do my own career which is frustrating as I only had him in my life for 6 years and I’ve been answering the same damn questions for 20 years. I just hope soon people can start to move on like I have”
I heard Truth is a Wolf and it really blew my mind! Your powerful voice, your rock and roll melodies and your ballads. How was the creative process?
“Thank you. That means a hell of a lot. It was difficult, painful, transformative and cathartic. It was a true exorcism for me. Releasing some demons. I find it sad when I listen back to it as I feel far removed from that period of destruction… thank God. I see the album as being made in two parts. One with Steve Orchard and the other with Jan Kybert. I enjoyed both parts but I think the second was my favourite as I felt more comfortable in myself as an artist and got more involved in the Production sides of things with Demos and the final product. Something I’ll be carrying forward for sure. We need more female Producers, engineers etc. and the ones we do have need more recognition!” You performed backing’ vocals on the 2002 Oasis album Heathen Chemistry. Do you feel that moment was a milestone in your life?
“Ok, this needs to be settled. It was for a demo of a potential Oasis song to go on Heathen Chemistry. It certainly was a milestone as I was pushed way out of my comfort zone and I thank those boys so very much for doing it. I was so young and they were just enormous at that point and it was a terrifying moment but certainly was the moment that kicked things off for me. Both Gallagher boys helped me with my career but Liam said some things to me that always stuck and now and then they resurface in my head at the right time. A sub conscious kick up the arse”
How was the experience of working or sharing stage with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Robert Plant, Dennis Locorriere and Joe Brown, among others?
“I’ve worked with some names for sure but I must say, what I’ve taken away is how humble they are and pure love of music that they still carry after all these years. It’s dying a painful death I believe. With the rise of social media, it’s more important these days to be famous than to have quality. That scares me enormously. Don’t get me wrong there are some serious quality and talent out there but I fear they aren’t getting enough attention because they are doing it to be expressive, not because they want to model the latest trend”
Mollie Marriott: «Paul Weller called me to ask if he could play on my debut album»Paul Weller collaborated on two songs from Truth is a Wolf. Did he choose the tracks on his own or It was your decision? How did the collaboration arise?
“Paul called me to ask if he could play on it which was a moment of hilarity for me. I thought it was a joke. I let him chose but I said I only wanted him on two or three, not the whole thing as I wanted it to be special. I love the ones he chose and his contribution to King of Hearts with guitar and directing more BVs really took that song to another level. It was a very proud moment and a wonderful bonding time”.
Apart from music what other things do you like doing the most?
“Dancing is my other form of release and expression. I do it a lot these days which is nice as there was a time when I stopped out of sadness and heartbreak. It’s been nice to feel that connection to myself again. I love skating, roller or ice and I’ve recently taken up Kayaking which if anyone knows me… is hilarious! I’ve always loved hiking. That’s a Marriott thing, we are all obsessed with long walks but Kayaking has been my new stress reliever. Poetry, meditating, I’ll happily go and watch a movie by myself, learning languages and cooking. I love to cook!” Are you working on a new record?
“I am. Hopefully you’ll know about it by next year. I took a break to recover and focus on Parenthood. I have had one hell of a whirlwind the last two years and I’ve finally found my emotional, spiritual and physical power. The next album is all about that and how I got here. I’m excited about it although I have a feeling some people will possibly be shocked and confused”
What are your plans for the rest of 2019 and 2020?
“I just want to gig. That’s all that’s important for me career wise. Get out there and musically interact with everyone and connect. More music too. Just keep going and evolve”
What are your dreams for your music career?
“I find this hard because it constantly changes. I don’t dream of playing The 02 or Madison Square Garden, etc., I just want to be able to just use it to be myself, discover myself and how I constantly grow and hopefully help people heal from similar situations that I have been through and about. I hope to get my career to a point where I can start to make more of a difference working with Indigenous people, letting their voices be heard. That’s incredibly important to me. We should be learning from them and their connections with the earth as they are so important to us all but we seem to be so desperate to eradicate their existence”
Thanks a lot for your time, congratulations and I hope to see you soon in Argentina! I can assure you it’ll be a blast!
“I would love that! I’ve been fascinated with your country since first learning about Eva Peron who I became obsessed with as a child. Because of her I’ve always wished to visit!”
Interview by: Francisco Zazzu