Lancashire artist Molly Warburton has been popping up in the UK music scene over the last couple of years, blessing and impressing listeners with her infectious indie pop sound and powerful vocals. However, this year we see Warburton venturing into a new phase of her career, still maintaining her lovable and honest sound, but this time delivering a much more polished, mature and wise songwriting style, indicative of her growth over the years. Her latest single ‘Gravity’ demonstrates this new era for the artist, where she speaks about her own journey in the music industry and the importance of never giving up.
Warburton injects her music with energy and colour, with not just her sound reflecting a kaleidoscope, but also her artwork, photos and overall branding. The art she creates is totally intoxicating, certain to bring a smile to your face no matter what she sings about. Her vulnerability and honesty makes a huge impact on listeners, as she connects with them on a relatable level, refusing to hide behind any walls.
Noctis speaks with Molly about her new single, her advice for other artists navigating the music industry and the importance of keeping positive no matter what.
Hey Molly! Congrats on the new single “Gravity”! Can you tell us more about the story behind this track?
Gravity was written about my love for music. Many may think it’s about someone but actually about something. I guess when being a musician you can fall in and out of touch with your sounds, inspirations and passion for your music. When I wrote ‘Gravity’ I had just recently been through this cycle feeling very uninspired to perform or write new music, almost falling out of love with it, but after taking some time out and realizing what i had achieved and developed through music I found this new energy, new sounds and almost like a new love for my music.
Speaking of your journey into the music industry, you are very open about your own ups and downs. If you could give any advice to anyone else struggling with their own journey, what would it be?
KEEP GOING! I can remember someone once telling me that it’s always when you feel like giving up and packing it in, that’s when everything seems to turn a corner and you find a new lease of life for music. I guess ‘Gravity’ is a little bit about it. Also, nobody is gonna hand it to you on a plate. Like any industry you have to work at it and really want it to get it, sounds cheesy but anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
“Gravity” stays true to your signature style of big and bright, indie pop anthems. Always lifting the mood with your infectious sound, whilst still touching on personal and vulnerable topics. How important is it to be honest within your music?
Music massively tells a story about YOU. So being honest in your music is so important. If you’re feeling down, stressed, happy, in love it all shows in music. I guess writing music is like writing a diary (well that’s what I like to think)
Are there any genres that you would like to explore further in future releases?
I’ve always been into a variety of music from folk to soul. It all inspires me to write music. I have always thought I’d like to explore more into the country side of things, maybe not in my music but definitely for future projects – a collab with Dolly Parton wouldn’t go a miss!
You inject both your sound and style with a lot of colour and frequently talk about the importance of having a positive outlook on life. What tips would you give to people who are going through difficult times in their lives?
Take time for yourself, a walk and a cup of tea can solve a lot of things. I’m very lucky to live in such a beautiful area so I’m always in the hills, taking a bit of time to enjoy the simple things in life, pop on your favourite upbeat tunes and go for it. It can really help to stay positive and just enjoy it.
You’ve cited your inspirations as Fleetwood Mac, KT Tunstall and Kate Bush. If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
There are so many people I would love to collaborate with but when Cristie Mcvie died last year I was beyond gutted. She was a real songbird that I could only dream of collaborating with.
Another dream would be to perform and write with Miley Cyrus. I think everyone can agree she is a true Queen…. In love!! And of course KT will always remain top of the list.
You’ve had the pleasure of performing at lots of notable venues and festivals across the UK. Is there anywhere on your wishlist that you’d love to perform at and do you have anything lined up where we can see you this year?
Shepherds Bush had always been one on my bucket list but I had the most amazing opportunity to play there last year so that was one off the list.
I’ve always said I want to perform at Glasto – I refuse to go until I’m playing it so I hope that comes soon.
I’m lining up more shows at the moment but I’m really too happy to say I will be performing at The Great Escape in May.
What else does 2023 have in store for Molly Warburton? Can we expect more music or potentially an EP?
Lots more music, I plan to release an EP around Autumn and hopefully a tour to go alongside. 2023 is gonna be a big year musically!
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Words: Alexander Williams