By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Even though some time has passed since her R&B/funk-infused summer banger single “Do They?” dropped, singer-songwriter/producer Molly Moore (Cosmos & Creature) has shown no signs of a cool-down just yet, as she recently put out her new song “Marco Polo (Ft. NoMBe).”
These songs have ushered in a new era for the New York-born, Los Angeles-based artist, who continues to evolve from her November 2020 debut album ‘Voice On The Internet,’ universally regarded for hits like “Handsomer (Ft. Maty Noyes)” (featured in Amazon’s new film “Jolt” with Kate Beckinsale) and “I love you but I don’t like you,’ which has been streamed over 1 million times.
Previously, Moore has served as a songwriter for Jesse McCartney, K-Pop act EXO and actress/singer Lea Michele, in addition to being a composer of children’s music for Hasbro’s animated series “Hanazuki.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with Moore about what she’s been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician?
Molly Moore – I went to see my first concert ever when I was 8-years-old. I saw Britney Spears perform at Jones Beach Theater. We had seats in the way back of the arena and had to use binoculars to watch the show. I remember being completely awestruck by how many people were there and how her show was so much larger than life. I think that was the moment that I knew I wanted to become a musician.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your new single “Marco Polo”?
Molly Moore – I wrote the song as sort of a “thesis” for my upcoming body of work ‘Escapism.’ I wanted to encapsulate the feelings of fleeting love, not knowing where something is going, but having hope. It’s about getting lost in somebody else and that being right for the moment that you’re in.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Molly Moore – Well, when it comes to the process, most of the songs I end up releasing have a pretty good flow in the writing process and an intuitiveness that guides me to the completed song. Emotionally, however, “Voice On The Internet” was one of the hardest songs to write, because I was running for a long time from the vulnerability and honesty that I finally faced in that song. It makes me sad every time I play it.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Molly Moore – I’m able to have fun while talking about real things and I don’t feel bound to one genre or bound to using one voice to tell my story.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your debut album ‘Voice On The Internet‘?
Molly Moore – It was a long process. I spent everyday writing songs for months and I was also going out pretty much every night – pre-pandemic. I saw a lot of live music during that time, which was really inspiring. To say I was avoiding dealing with certain parts of my life would be an understatement. I was leaning as heavily as I could on the music to get me through one of the lowest and most difficult periods in my life. When 2020 hit with COVID-19, it allowed me to finish songs I’d been really excited about, but hadn’t had the focus to complete. It also forced me to actually stick to a timeline and release the body of work.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Molly Moore – New Yorkers have this direct style of communication that I honestly haven’t really seen anywhere else that I’ve been. That “no bullshit” way of thinking and being is a huge part of who I am. I’m proud to carry that with me wherever I go.
Music Bugle – What has been your most memorable moment while onstage and what are you most looking forward to with your upcoming performances?
Molly Moore – Opening for Chromeo at the Bottlerock kick-off show was the most memorable show I’ve ever played. There were so many people there dancing with me, head-banging, some were singing my lyrics. It was such a special moment especially after not being able to play shows for two years. I’ll hold it in my heart forever. I’m most excited to share my experiences and lessons I’ve learned with others, in a live capacity. Being onstage is such a gift for artists that thrive off of connection. I look forward to meeting and relating with more people that are like me.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Molly Moore – I’m loving Remi Wolf, Biig Piig, Tkay Maidza, Polo & Pan, SAULT and Glass Animals.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Molly Moore – I think I’ve had a lot of positive transformations personally. I’ve had time to start therapy, kick some really bad habits and address who I am and where I see myself going. On a less positive note, I feel like my momentum in creating was a bit stunted. I was growing and doing so many sessions before the pandemic, that I’m just now starting to get back into that flow where I feel really inspired by what I’m creating. I also feel like I don’t enjoy going out as much as I used to, which is a strange realization. I appreciate that we can socialize again, but I’m being drawn more inward lately and that’s something I’m trying to accept and be kind with myself about.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Molly Moore – I love going to the beach with my mom. Sometimes, we’ll go eat a meal by the ocean, or sit by the water at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. It feels like time stops whenever we can take a moment to breathe the air and relax together. I’m so grateful to be able to have that.
Music Bugle – What can fans expect next from Molly Moore?
Molly Moore – I’m going to launch my first merch line very soon! I have a two-part body of work on the way titled ‘Escapism.’ I’m also hoping to tour in early 2022, as well as play my first LA show back since the pandemic.
Music Bugle – What track off ‘Escapism, Part 1‘ are you most excited for fans to hear?
Molly Moore – “Vacation.” This song poured out of me and was one of the first tracks I made on the upcoming project. It’s definitely a different, sexier sound than a lot of my other music. It’s about meeting someone that feels like a vacation that you want to stay on for your whole life.
*Photo Credit – Nas Bogado*