Last week I got to sit down with Baton Rouge singer/songwriter Molly Taylor and chat about her new album, Loud and Clear, coming out on October 13th.
Tell me about yourself (what do you do, age, day job, etc.)
I’m going to be 26 October 13, which is why I’m releasing my album that day! I’ve been bartending at Radio Bar for almost 3 years. Now I’ve gotten it where I work out where I work Happy Hours during the week, in addition to making jewelry and playing music. I wake up at 8AM in the morning, play music for a couple of hours, and then go work on jewelry or vice versa. I’m always doing music and jewelry in the day before I go to work. I used to eat myself up because I was like "omg I’m so over this, all I want is this, I’m so impatient." But I’ve learned that patience is everything. I struggled for a long time and thought I was failing because it wasn’t happening right away- but that’s not how it's going to happen. For the past 2 years since I started making jewelry it’s taught me a lot about patience. I make 2 years in December and I’m just now getting it.
How did you start making jewelry?
Christmas presents is how I started doing it!
What inspired your latest record?
Actually I’ve been talking about making a record for like, 3 years. Nothing that I originally thought was going to go on it went on it. Not even the genre is the same. I went through a rebel phase in 2012-14. I went through this rock n roll, spit on the ground phase, like “I just wanna play rock music and spit on the ground and get a black guitar.” And then I realized after 2 years that that was a part of me but that wasn’t ME. I have been so many people.
Recording was awful for me until this record. I hate recording. I don’t like to hear a click. I don’t like to break down a song and record it. It’s fake to me, and I hate it. Every time I would record something in the past I would listen to it and I was never happy with it. My friend JT does recording and sound engineering and we were like ok, what can we do instead. So we tried clicking and it did not work so he was like okay, let’s just record it live. It’s just like how it started. You didn’t have clicks when they first started recording music. So we did this whole thing live! I don’t like to do things over and over again. With recording live, you can feel my emotion. We played it live and recorded it live. So instead of doing the whole song over again, we’d just play the whole set over again.
I’m obsessed with your new song Muddy Water. Obviously it resonates with what just happened in Baton Rouge. Are you surprised with people’s reactions to the single? What directly influenced this track?
I kind of expected that because it was such a unique situation for the city. SO many people in the city could relate to it. I knew that it was not going to like take off, but that it would resonate with lots of people. I personally wasn’t affected, but basically everyone around me had somebody that lost everything.
How did your video work out with shooting in a flooded home?
A good friend of mine is from Denham Springs and she had a lot of flooding situations on her Facebook that she was helping out with. It was like a month after the flood and I was like does anybody still have a house we coud shoot in? I wanted to make it real. I wanted to make people cry. I wrote my friend and asked if she knew anybody who still had their sheetrock out, and she was like Chad Schoonmaker. I wrote him and asked and he was like "Absolutely! I won’t be there but I’ll leave a key, and make yourself at home." I’m pretty sure it was in the most devastated area of Denham. When we turned on the street, there was trash and addresses spray painted on every house and almost every single house had a for sale sign on it. We actually went on the first day that the garbage people were coming out to pick up all the stuff, so we were able to get shots of them picking up people’s refrigerators and stuff. Inside the house on the wall it was spray painted “The Lord has done good things and for that we are glad.” It was like that when we got there. It couldn’t have been more perfect for the music video.
What have you learned during this record making process? What would you do differently next time?
What I learned is that I wanted to do it right. The last one I did, I was so young and I’m so embarrassed about it. I don’t want anyone to hear it. I cringe when people say they have the first one. I just have to get over it.
I took my time with this one and really thought about it. I’m one of those people who does not think before they do things. So more often than not, I regret things. Like the other day I went poster crazy and put posters up everywhere of my CD release show and then last night I was laying in bed and was like WHY did I do that. It was one of those things where the venue only holds like 100 people and I’m coming out of pocket on food and drinks and I can’t have all these people! Like I can’t over promote this, I want people I know there, why did I do that?
Are you planning on any tours in the future?
I want to tour. I want people to know me. I want to play my own music and be a successful person for myself. But what I really want to do is write songs for other people. I want to be a songwriter. I want artists to call me and be like hey I need a song. You get royalties for the rest of your life, even when you die. Michael Jackson’s kids are still getting a check every month and they will for the rest of their life. And I’m a homebody! I’ve always wanted to have a family and a garden. And I make jewelry, so I want to wake up and have my coffee and make my jewelry and have my kids. I grew up with a stay at home mom and so I want to be at home too, on my farm with 20 acres. I want my garden and my coffee and my kids and my husband and my jewelry. And my huge room, because I'll have the home that I wanted to build that’s not too big. That is solid. That is the dream. To just like literally work from home. Like to have my own song writing room with all my shit and I get a phone call or an email and they’re like “we need a song that’s sad about a dog, and we need it next week.” This has always been my dream since I was 11. I’ve been working on this dream since I was 11. I was always playing and writing music. I’d be like writing lyrics in math class. I’ve always known what I wanted. And that’s why patience is everything. Because I’ve literally wanted to realistically do this since I was 15. Patience is everything dude.
Loud and Clear comes out on October 13th and you can keep up with Molly Taylor Music on Facebook here or on